The STRAIT Method™ (short for Scar Tissue Release And Integrated Therapies) is an innovative approach to healing that incorporates mind AND body.
Why a combination of both?
When I first began practicing massage therapy in 1997, I couldn’t help but notice how little people understood about the emotional and physiological ramifications of even the smallest kink, adhesion, or scar within their bodies — whether we’re talking a minor scar incurred during childhood, or a more serious scar resulting from major surgery as an adult.
You see, I believe that our bodies are intrinsically linked to our thoughts, feelings, and actions.
When we are stressed, anxious or upset, our bodies communicate back to us that something isn’t right — for example, we may feel increased tension in our shoulders. In extreme circumstances, such as after the loss of a loved one, high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer may result.
“One of the most common defenses is to ignore, repress or stuff our negative emotions. They are held in the body and eventually produce physical or emotional pain.”
— Dr. Carolyn L. Mein, Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils
This is why I think it’s crucial for therapists to know their patients inside out in order to understand what’s needed for long-lasting healing.
The techniques behind the STRAIT Method™ have been adopted by a multitude of healthcare professionals — from doctors and physical therapists, to chiropractors and massage therapists.
I believe this kind of evolution towards new treatment techniques means our patients will always receive the very best therapy we have to offer.
The STRAIT Method™ combines fascial-scar work — working with a patient’s damaged, restricted connective tissues — with mind-body interactions, body mechanics, therapeutic stretching and strengthening, and proprioceptive support. Each of these, when combined, create a balanced treatment session that can be modified to the needs of each individual.
Understanding fascia scar tissue release therapy
Fascia has both widespread and dedicated functions in the body — and it’s become an essential part of treatment for clinicians practicing in conventional, complementary, and alternative therapies.
When we damage our fascia, scar tissue and adhesions develop. This scar tissue can spread in any direction throughout our bodies and restrict how our joints move and our organs function.
These restrictions can cause so much abnormal strain on the body that bones are stressed or pulled out of their natural alignment. This can trigger joint compression, pain and dysfunction. Nerves, veins and arteries can become trapped, which prompts neurological issues and restricted blood flow.
The STRAIT Method™ releases fascia by separating and realigning the adhered tissues from the visible scar through to its end point.
Each technique centers on both the physiological and anatomical source of fascia restriction. Practitioners work on lengthening fibers and releasing the scar tissue and breaking down adhesions — from the superficial to that which is located more deeply within the body.
The STRAIT Method