Traction bodywork is a an absolutely revolutionary new massage technique, and Capital Acupuncture is the only facility in the U.S.A. where a licensed massage therapist is performing this work. By counterweighting your arms and legs, your therapist is able to position your muscles and fascia in a way that encourages lengthening in a way similar to restorative yoga. This provides benefit to parts of your muscles and connective tissue that, quite simply, cannot be accessed while positioned on a treatment table in neutral position (regular "face up" or "face down" positioning). While similar to some of the sophisticated positioning used in Thai massage, Traction Bodywork provides several enormous evolutionary advancements:
- Traction bodywork positions your body in a way that enables your therapist to comfortably address hard-to-reach structures. Your therapist is able to use both hands to perform the work, rather than using one hand to position and another to massage. This means more power, more sensitivity, and better results.
- Unlike yoga, where you need to actively position yourself and maintain balance, counterweighting acts like an additional set of safe, supportive hands, allowing you to focus more on relaxing and breathing.
- By removing some of the force of gravity, it opens up positioning that would otherwise be impossible to achieve while remaining passive.
This form of bodywork is not for everyone. It is appropriate for athletes involved in hip- and lower-body intense activities (runners, cyclists, dancers, martial artists) who are looking to recover from injuries or improve performance. It is not appropriate for patients with certain forms of arthritis or other joint disorders (especially in the hip or spine).
Some conditions in which Traction Bodywork may be particularly useful:
- ITB (illiotibial band) pain
- tight hamstrings, hamstring tears
- back pain due to ITB or hamstring adhesions
- groin pulls
- shin splints and other forms of lower leg stiffness
- thoracic outlet syndrome
- other conditions of pain and dysfunction of the hips and pelvic floor with a component of muscle spasm or fascial restriction