Manual Therapies or Bodywork
The term bodywork has been used in complementary medicine to describe therapeutic or personal development approaches that involve working with the body using manual therapies, breath work, movement, and energy medicine, to name a few. Bodywork approaches provided by Dr. Durana include, but are not limited to, yoga, acupressure, sensory awareness, Qigong, Tai Chi, martial arts, structural bodywork, dance and movement, postural alignment, and energy balancing. Energy balancing is a bodywork/body-mind technique and is the idea that by working through the body, we can affect our health and have freer and more flexible and balanced lives.
Bodymind or Mindbody
Bodywork exercises shows us that as a result of life experiences, and physical, mental and emotional stresses of daily living, the muscular and fascial tissues of our body tighten and/or weaken causing emotional and physical inflexibility, loss of vitality and quality of life.
Complementary Sports Medicine
At Seasons In Our Life, Dr. Durana also provides complementary sports medicine therapeutic services. The sports pain management services are designed to be a holistic approach to strengthen weak muscles, correct muscle imbalances, improve flexibility, and improve patterns of movement. Sports and exercise medicine deal with physical fitness and the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries related to exercise and sports.
Complementary sports medicine complements traditional sports and exercise medicine by offering a holistic approach that focuses not only on symptoms, but also on other factors that contribute to overall health and fitness, as well as the improvement of performance, and the avoidance of injuries. The holistic approach to sports medicine and sports pain management is educational and functional, and it also emphasizes life style, and mental/emotional functioning. Sports medicine practitioners often make use of manual therapies along with other methods. For example, a cyclist with a history of acute and chronic low back problems which may have resulted from long standing postural problems may be treated with body work. In addition, as it was with one of my clients, the postural imbalance that contributed to his chronic low back problem was also a result of a long standing mind body lack of integration. This man repeatedly pushed himself beyond his limits to compensate for an inferiority emotional stance.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy is a form of bodywork. It is performed on a person fully clothed and is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system to help protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a light touch – generally no more than the weight of a nickel the practitioner monitors the rhythm of the cranio-sacral system to detect potential restrictions and imbalances. The therapist then uses delicate manual techniques to release those problems areas and relieve undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord. A Cranio-Sacral Therapy session can last for about 15 minutes to more than an hour, and the initial evaluation alone is often enough to correct the problem. The result of this type of therapeutic service is the central nervous system that’s able to return to its greatest levels of performance. Cranio-Sacral Therapy strengthens your body’s ability to take better care of you. It helps alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction, including the following:
Migraines & Headaches
Chronic Neck & Back Pain
Stress & Tension Related Problems
Traumatic Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
Nervous System Disorders
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
And Many Other Conditions
Cranio-SacralTherapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing through these mechanisms to dissipate these negative effects of stress on your central nervous system. You also benefit from better overall health and resistance to disease. This description of cranio-sacraltherapy was adapted from information provided by the Upledger Institute.
About Seasons in Our Life
Dr. Durana has provided practical, integrative, holistic services since 1980 in acupuncture, body therapy, Chinese herbal medicine, life/wellness coaching, and counseling.
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4915 St. Elmo Ave.
Suite #504 - Room 7A
Bethesda, MD 20814
1875 Campus Commons
Suite 210 - Room 11A
Reston, Virginia 20191
1625 K. Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
2265 Cedar Cove Ct.
Reston, VA 20191