Welcome to Gregory Mayfield, MA, CMT Structural Integration (Rolfing), Deep Tissue Massage & Bodywork
Providing Therapeutic Relief from Pain, Stress & Trauma 19 Years In Practice California Certified Massage Therapist
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please call (925) 997-8908 or email
Structural Integration or Rolfing is more than just a massage of the body’s surface. It is a system that reshapes the body’s myofascial structure by applying pressure and energy, thereby freeing the body from the effects of physical and emotional traumas.
Although Structural Integration Rolfing is used extensively to treat sports injuries and back pain, it is not designed as a therapy for any particular condition. Rather, it is a systematic approach to overall wellness. It works by counteracting the effects of gravity, which over time pulls the body out of alignment.
This pull causes the body’s connective tissue to become harder and stiffer, and the muscles to atrophy. Signs of this stiffening and contraction include slouching or an overly erect posture.
integration Rolfing and Deep Tissue Massage & Bodywork Therapy, is performed
using a number of specialized techniques including Structural
Integration, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point
Therapy, Advanced stretching and myofascial techniques. These
techniques get results quickly and effectively so that you can live the
life you were meant to live, instead of being held back by pain you can
easily get rid of.
The central premise of my work is that a structurally misaligned body experiences gravity as stressful and so movement and flexibility are limited, causing deterioration. A body in vertical alignment with gravity experiences gravity as a supporting force, in flexible and moves easily.
Through its unique methods and approach Structural Integration & deep tissue massage is able to affect dramatic changes in a person’s posture and structure. It achieves this by reorganizing the body from the ground up.
Structural Integration Rolfing works with the connective tissue or fascia. Think of fascia as a continuous network throughout the body that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. Through injury, trauma, or chronic tension fascia can become bound in particular areas, causing limitation, pain, and poor posture. Structural Integration, through hands on work, is able to free these restrictions and help the body regain its natural buoyancy and ease.
What issues can Structural Integration Rolfing & Deep Tissue Massage help with?
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain (especially knots under shoulder blade)
- Hip pain
- Carpal tunnel
- Headaches or migraines
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Rounded shoulders
- Head-forward posture "computer posture"
- Tight hamstrings
- General stiffness or inflexibility
- Rotator Cuff
- Frozen Shoulders
- Sports Injuries
- cycling injuries therapy
- Runner injuries therapy
- Dancing Injuries
Benefits often reported from receiving Structural Integration Rolfing & Deep Tissue massage are:
- Decreased pain
- Increased range of motion and ease of movement
- Standing taller and straighter without effort
- Feeling more “grounded”
- Greater connection with the body
- Quicker recovery from injury
- Results that last
People from all different walks of life have benefitted from Structural Integration Rolfing & Deep Tissue Massage:
- Athletes and dancers
- Office desk workers
- Manual laborers
- Yogis and yoginis
- People interested in increased connection with themselves,
- their bodies, and the world
Why do our bodies become misaligned?
Physical and emotional events from our lives are recorded and stored in our bodies via the system of fascia. Every time we are injured, our bodies create a "splint" in our connective tissue to immobalize vulnerable areas in order to avoid further injury. Splinting is helpful in the short term, but in the long term it causes us to lose range of motion and then we start using our bodies asymmetrically to compensate for the limited range of motion. This creates a cycle of our movement affecting our posture and our posture affecting our movement. Over time, we experience the cumulative effect of these holding patterns in the form of tension, chronic pain, stress and a general sense of discomfort in our bodies.
Structural Integration Rolfing & Deep Tissue Massage is one of the best ways that I know of to take away the splinting and reset the body to its natural state of functioning. This usually results in a feeling of freedom in the body and an overall sense of well-being. People also experience a reduction in stress, relief from chronic pain, increased flexibility and increased body awareness as a result of being Structural Integration.
What is Sports Massage and Bodywork?
Sports Massage and Bodywork is a special form of massage and bodywork and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage and bodywork is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
Purpose of Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage & Bodywork
The main purpose of sports massage and bodywork therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body's soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to over exertion and/or overuse, sports massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The sports massage and bodywork will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage and bodywork can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.
Please contact us at least 24 hours before your appointment if you need to cancel to avoid paying for the time we have reserved for you.
Accommodations made for sickness or emergency. There are no refunds on sessions, gift certificates or packages.
California Massage Therapy Council Certified Massage Therapist
Gregory Lee Mayfield Cert. No. 27593