THE KI-HARA METHOD
Ki: The circulating life energy that in Eastern philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things.
Hara: The vital center of the self, the focus of existence. It is located one and a half inches below the navel and one and a half inches inward toward the spine (also the body’s central axis). Energy (chi/ki/prana) is stored in the Hara where it is heated before spreading throughout the body.
While flexibility is typically measured in terms of range of motion (ROM) or how far a muscle can stretch, Ki-Hara focuses on your ability to contract muscles throughout their entire range of motion. Therefore, TRUE FLEXIBILITY, as measured in Ki-Hara uses resistance to see how far a muscle can lengthen under tension with enough strength to return back to it's starting point. This takes the dangers of "over-stretching" out of the equation by staying in ranges that are safe and creating elasticity in the muscles.
WHAT TO EXPECT
During your first session you'll be introduced to Ki-Hara by experiencing both Thai-Mashiatsu & Assisted Resistance Stretching (DCT) addressing areas of imbalance. These assisted Ki-Hara sessions yield fast and lasting changes to the myofascial tissue. You'll also learn self-stretches to help maintain and further your results.
Better Quality Sleep
Improved Postural Alignment
Enhanced Mind/Body Connection
Strength, Flexibility & Balance
"Mashing" derives from Shiatsu and Thai Massage. It is performed by the pracitioner using his or her feet to compress and work deep into the myo-fascial tissues. Mashing is best before or after strenuous activity to warm the body up, break down and remove excess fascia, adhesions and scar-tissue while flushing the body of toxins. This utimately allows muscles to stretch and recover at a far more efficient rate.
RESISTANCE STRETCHING or,
DYNAMIC CONTRACTION TECHNIQUE: Uses three different muscle contractions in order to recruit, retain, and release muscle and fascial tension in the body.
Strength Phase: Uses Concentric Muscle Contractions to Recruit & Activate the muscles and tissue of the target area.
Transition Phase: Uses an Isometric Muscle Contraction to Hold and Retain the activated area. This phase increases muscle recruitment and ensures that the tissue remains engaged during the stretch phase of a DCT™ exercise.
Stretch Phase: Uses Eccentric Muscle Contractions, where a muscle moves from a shortened position to a lengthened position under resistance. This is the exact opposite of the concentric muscle contraction and helps to finally Release muscle/fascial tissue in the body.