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.
"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.