The WellBody concept was created after years of life causing massage therapist, Kimberly, to ask more questions than there appeared to be answers or solutions for around her own health and wellness. Through deeper awareness and ongoing education around integrative health, Kimberly sought to naturally improve and reverse symptoms related to thyroid issues, PCOS, venous insufficiency, inflammation, and chronic back aches. Through her journey, Kimberly has come to understand that it is essential to look at the entire body (all anatomical systems) as a whole, especially when addressing chronic, ongoing issues, and that most root cause issues often start or tie into the person's lymphatic system. After years of working in healthcare and social work, Kimberly decided to pursue her calling and passion for natural health and wellness and enrolled in the Integrative Health Practitioner Institute and graduated from the Austin Massage Academy. In addition, Kimberly has taken extensive courses, including Stop Chasing Pain's Dr. Perry Nickelston's Body Aquarium Lymphatic Mojo, to specialize in helping address lymphatic issues. In addition, she has a passion for corrective, deep tissue, myofascial release to address people's sore, tight muscles, and inform people how to care for not only their aches and pain but overall health and wellness.
Treating the fascia can significantly affect both the body and the mind.
When fascia is unhealthy, it forms what we call restrictions, adhesions, and distortions. Fascia (or myofascial) release is a manual therapy technique that involves applying steady pressure to soften the fascia and stretching the muscle fibers to release deep muscle tension and reduce the fascial adhesions. Myofascial release is different from a typical massage, as it primarily focuses on the body’s connective tissues, which surround the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This technique helps improve posture, movement, enhance athletic performance and reduce risks of injury while helping to alleviate pain via steady pressure; as the fibers stretch and soften, and nerves reduce sensitivity, an increase in circulation and greater range of motion can be achieved. Manual fascial release therapy is even linked with the increased production of endorphins and greater mind/body relaxation.
This technique is commonly used for pain in the back, neck, legs, feet, knees, as well as IT band, tendonitis, posture imbalances, and TMJ (jaw dysfunction.)
Many of the most effective manual therapies used today, such as massage and physical therapy, involve the manipulation and penetration of fascial tissues. It has been described by some leading experts as "like having yoga done to you on the massage table" and "the missing link in returning patients to a pain-free and fully functional lifestyle."
Fascinating Fascia Facts:
Fascia is made up of collagen fibers and has a cobweb-like appearance, which was originally considered as “packing material” and largely disregarded in the world of medicine.
Fascia is an integral part in the body’s connective tissue system and plays an important role in the how the body moves and functions.
Fascia significantly affects our posture and range of motion.
Fascia constrictions and adhesions can lead to debilitating pain and mobility.
Fascia has 6 to 10x more sensory nerves than muscle, which contributes to chronic pain (most common in the neck, lower back, hips, knees and feet)
Fascia does not show up in MRIs, CT scans or x-rays and thus makes it very hard to diagnosis.
Fascia research is still fairly new in the medicine and rehabilitation world but has fortunately become more researched over the last decade and is constantly evolving.
Deep tissue and trigger points
For those with musculoskeletal issues, myofascial release and deep tissue therapy are the best massage techniques in which steady pressure is applied on the connective tissues to break the scar tissues and boost recovery from injuries.
Trigger points are also commonly associated with myofascial release and deep tissue techniques.
Trigger points are specific spots that are commonly described as a hyper-irritable nodule in the muscles and tendons, which cause pain and can radiate to larger areas.
Trigger point therapy involves the stretching of muscles, followed by applying direct compression or stimulation to the spot.
While it’s not possible to completely eliminate trigger points altogether, they can be de-sensitized, and this is often associated with recovery from injury and helps relieve muscle pain.
Your lymphatic system is very pivotal to your health and wellness. Lymphatic system maintains the fluid levels in your body, absorbs fatty acids, and produces immune cells that help your body fight against diseases. This network of tissues, vessels, and organs needs to be healthy to maximize your immunity.
Lymphedema causes swelling in one or both arms and legs of the patient. Having a lymphatic massage may significantly reduce the buildup of lymph in these affected areas. This massage keeps the lymph fluid in movement and prevents it from remaining stagnant.
Improves Immune System
Lymphatic massage promotes the movement of lymph, which promotes healing by helping regulate movement of harmful toxins and pathogens out of the body, which helps improves the condition of your immune system.
Prevents Fluid Retention
Fluid retention can be caused by the trapping of proteins and fluids in the tissues. Having our lymphatic massage sessions can promote a faster circulation of lymph throughout the body, thus making it difficult for fluids to settle.
We bring you fully customized and all-natural lymphatic massage sessions that comprise an organic therapeutic grade blend of oils to help promote circulation and lymph drainage. They also include 10 minutes of vibration plate therapy. This session lasts for up to 70 minutes.