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2009-01-11 05:24 pm (UTC)
My compliments. Very good job on your article.
And this is coming from an LMP with 1700 plus hours of training that includes Craniosacral Therapy, Mysofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Jin Shin Do Acupressure, Polarity Therapy, Zen Shiatsu, Chi Nei Tsang, Acutonics, Reiki (Master-Teacher), Therapeutic Touch, and Aromatherapy, to name the main ones. It is also coming from someone who happens to personally have EDS (as do my daughter, son-in-law, and several other relatives in both his family and mine). I should also mention that I have extensive hands-on treatment experience over the last six years that includes literally several hundred different people with EDS, with treatment sessions that now total in the thousands of hours. So I do know “a little bit” about the subject .
I see two primary purposes of your article. The first is to educate other massage therapists who have no prior knowledge or experience in dealing with an EDS client. The second is to educate those with EDS as to the benefits of bodywork (I deliberately said bodywork and not massage because bodywork encompasses a much broader field of alternative therapies) for managing the variety of symptoms they will have from their EDS. And while EDS itself is not curable, it most definitely is possible to successfully manage many of the symptoms.
As a practical matter, I find the three most useful semi-standard modalities to be Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, and Craniosacral Therapy. The most useful non-western modalities are Polarity Therapy first, with Acupressure being a close second. I do NOT recommend traditional Thai massage or Shiatsu because of the excessive stretching that is involved with both modalities (and I am personally trained in both). Chi Nei Tsang and Visceral Manipulation can be extremely beneficial for specific situations but ONLY if they are done energetically. They are absolutely contraindicated HANDS-ON for anyone with VEDS and should be used for other forms of EDS with extreme caution because of the excessively aggressive nature of many of the techniques. There is too much risk of bruising and skin damage in general and actual internal injury where VEDS in concerned, including potentially fatal injury.
But by far the most effective of all of them is straight energy work. Or more precisely, doing the standard modalities energetically instead of hands-on, as taught.
As info, one of the best ways to avoid the lactic acid/toxin release hangover is lymphatic drainage at the end of the session. If you do decide to take lymph drainage, take the LDT classes through Upledger because LDT is vastly superior to either Vodder’s or MLD (Maunal Lymphatic Drainage) because LDT teaches you to actually feel the movement of the lymph with your hands and the others don’t. And if you can feel it with your hands, then you can just as easily do it energetically, including off-body. You can also totally avoid the post-Myofascial release hit-by-a-truck feeling if you do MFR energetically instead of with the standard cross-hand stretch.
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