Have you ever seen your dog or cat get up and start to move without stretching first?
We think of ourselves as the most advanced creatures on the planet, and yet we continually ignore this most basic of needs.
Do you notice that you feel compelled to stretch when you wake up and again when you’re tired at the end of the day?
This instinctive urge is nature’s way of telling you that you need to move more oxygen around your body . . . And yet we spend our days sitting at our desks in the same contracted position — barely moving.
When we don’t stretch regularly, we overuse, fatigue, shorten and tighten our muscles and the connecting tissues. This leads to decreased circulation, reduced flexibility, and an increased risk of injury or disease.
It’s time we stopped being so preoccupied with our daily lives and started tuning in to what our bodies are trying to tell us instead.
Stretching & the aging process
Staying flexible as we age is something we all need to work towards. After all, loss of mobility doesn’t happen overnight — it’s a slow process that creeps up on you. Many of us don’t recognize this until our bodies become imbalanced and compensation sets in, and we begin to suffer significant pain or discomfort.
I believe it’s vital that we become actively engaged in maintaining our flexibility through daily stretching.
NOW is the time to start helping your body perform as it was designed to, so that it can continue to perform over time.
There’s a common belief that cardiovascular workouts and strength training is all the body needs to stay in shape. And there’s an even bigger misconception that stretching can hinder athletic performance.
The truth is your body cannot function properly without flexibility training.
Stretching is a workout in itself and is indispensable.
Integrated Therapeutic Stretching™
Integrated Therapeutic Stretching™ (or ITS) is one of the most effective stretching therapies because its goal is to work with your body to figure out and correct what’s wrong.
The objective of ITS™ is to empower YOU with the tools to re-educate and maintain a balanced physiological and emotional system.
With ITS™ . . .
- you will learn how to use your body the way it was designed to be used
- you will discover the real cause of your pain or discomfort
- you will have the ability to end and prevent pain from reoccurring.
ITS™ techniques can take as little as 10 minutes, but provides multiple benefits, including:
- Improved posture, circulation, and range of motion
- Accelerated recovery from injury
- Reduced muscle tension
- Relief from muscle soreness, strains, or spasms
- Improved athletic performance
- Enhanced ability to relax
- Balance promoted throughout the body
ITS™ therapy is effective in the treatment of a range of physical disorders. These include:
- Ankle sprains
- Calf-muscle pull
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic lower back pain
- Golfers elbow
- Knee & hip replacement
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Plantar Fasciitis and heel spurs
- Poor circulation
- Pre- & post-surgery
- Rotator-cuff Tendonitis
- Spine injuries
- Sports injuries
- Tennis Elbow
- Thigh & hamstring pulls
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Whiplash injuries
What Marjorie’s Clients Have Been Saying
“I am so grateful to have found Marjorie! She has helped me and my family so much. I had no idea how much adhesive tissue I had accumulated on my ribcage from a childhood of playing soccer until Marjorie pointed it out and began working her magic. I was struggling with many unstable vertebrae in my back that needed constant correction to avoid pain (aka throwing my back out). Marjorie’s work releasing the damaged tissue across my ribs and stomach helped tremendously. My back has been more stable than I ever thought possible (and held beautifully on a recent trip to Europe!). She also helped my father after he was having a constant ‘pinching’ pain after a recent hernia surgery. I’ve seen dozens of massage therapists and work in the field myself – and I truly wish I could fly some of my clients across the country just to see Marjorie. She is one of a kind.” Dion, CA
“Thank God I found Marjorie! 3 months after having a total knee replacement, I developed nerve damage under the knee which was operated on. Marjorie was able to get me to 120 degrees of movement in my knee and take the nerve pain away. She is the best. She does fantastic work on my scar to the point I hardly notice it. She is a total pleasure to work with. Five stars aren’t enough as far as I’m concerned” Linda, Long Island
“Marjorie is a miracle worker. Her ability to work with scar tissue has saved me from having a third surgery on capsular contracture. She is so knowledgable on how scar tissue impacts your entire body and she will have you feeling like you have a new body after 1 session. I’m so grateful to have found her and her practice. She has also introduced me to cupping for my upper back stiffness and the only way I can describe it is absolutely invigorating. I am breathing and moving in a way I didn’t know was possible thanks to Marjorie” Leigh, NYC
“Marjorie Brook’s a wonderful massage therapist, extremely knowledgeable about how to improve the lack of skin elasticity secondary to radiation therapy, skillful in post-operative scar tissue release as well as improving muscle injury. She uses various techniques in order to improve long term range of motion for clients suffering from these issues. Marjorie has improved mobility thus improving my quality of life” Susan, Long Island
“My experience with Marjorie Brook as both a massage therapist & a caring individual has been life changing. I had surgery for a malignant melanoma 38 years ago leaving me with a massive scar which restricted blood flow & range of motion to my foot& ankle. Her expertise as a massage therapist has changed the physiology of my foot & ankle” Eileen, Long Island
“I’ll write a blog post later this week, but wanted to quickly share the Marjorie Brook love. After dinner Saturday night (following a seminar we were both attending), I shared my “cancer thriver with long term jacked up-ness” story with Marjorie. It took about 2 seconds for her to invite me back to their room where Marjorie worked her “special brand of magic” on my neck scar and jaw. After 16 1/2 years, I can once again feel cold and heat on my neck. My nagging left SI joint is now happy. I can speak like a “normal” person. My face is thinner. My nose is back to the center of my face. My sinuses are clear. I can HEAR out of my right ear (had no idea I wasn’t hearing well out of that ear for 16 years). In short, Marjorie changed my life. Excuse me while I go bawl like a big ol’ baby . . . again. If you or anyone you love (or even remotely care about) needs scar tissue work, Marjorie is the one to see.” K. Kuester Rossler Wasington, D.C.
“I have been going to Marjorie for Scar Tissue Release therapy for the past 6 months for a deep, indented scar. She has been able to achieve what many doctors and surgeries have not – the scar is so much smoother and flatter. She took a scar that was “stuck” in place and made it movable and flexible again. It’s amazing what she understands about the underlying tissues of my skin. I am so glad to have found her!”
“I started working with Marjorie after researching alternatives to standard physical therapy /surgery for a chronic shoulder problem. The orthopedist I saw recommended physical therapy for the shoulder and if that did not work surgery, which I did not want.
After Marjorie performed her initial assessment she not only solved the issue with my shoulder and give me a range of motion I had not had in a long time, but she also took the time to explain to me that it is not just the shoulder that is involved but a bunch of other muscles that support / assist the shoulder. As she stretched the muscles she also took the time to teach me stretches to do at home for my shoulder.
I have returned to see Marjorie several times for adjustments and tweaks for other issues and am amazed every time I leave her office at how she manages to improve my range of motion in just one visit and keeps improving it each time I see her. Marjorie is the ultimate professional who takes the time to explain everything she does and if I asked, she would explain how the muscle she is stretching is involved.”
She suffered from arthritis in both shoulders. Doctors gave her shots, told her to do exercises, sent her to an acupuncturist. Nothing worked, until she went to massage therapy at A Kneaded Break. Three times per week, became two, then one. Royal has not suffered arthritic pain in the past 8 months, but does not view the absence of an ailment from depriving herself of massages.
“She’s the best massage therapist I’ve ever been to.”
Royal Martin of Wantagh, New York
“I am constantly amazed by Marjorie’s incredible ability to pinpoint and alleviate pain and fatigue. As a martial arts practitioner, I have come to depend on regular visits to soothe injuries.”
James Niceberg of Plainview, New York
“We have been receiving massage from Marjorie for over five years now. She is like a friend – however, this friend has magical hands and manages to make us feel as if there isn’t a care in the world. This is one feeling that we never want to do without.”
Dell & Harvey Shavelson of Bellmore, New York