When we look at the massage technique of Positional Release (Strain Counter-Strain, Dr.Larry Jones DO), we gain insight into the therapeutic value of considering the details of our client's sleep habbits. Using these details to inform our treatments can have great impact on recovery from physiological dyscomforts, and benefit thinking, relationships, and learning!
"Positional Release", briefly described by Dr. Kerry D'Ambrosio of the D'Ambrosio Institute.
Lets now view our body and its abillity to move around when we sleep.
Could it be that we move through postures in our sleep, in search of a position of "ease"?
What is the Position of "ease"?
Here is a quote from Dr. Leon Chaitow MD DO MRO -
Walther Describes Jones Discovery3
The position of ‘ease’ which Jones found for this patient was an exaggeration of the position in which spasm was holding him, which provided Jones with an insight into the mechanisms involved. Many hospitalised patients have been treated for their current pain and discomfort, without leaving their beds, using these methods.4 " -
Postional Release For Spontaneous Muscle Relaxation, Bodywork Master Class Series with Leon Chaitow
Perhaps getting poor sleep includes the body's failure to attain a position of "ease".
Why not ask yourself: Is there a particular position that I tend to sleep in. Why that position?
Examining what muscles are being put into a position of "ease" while sleeping, for the healthcare provider, may reveal areas in need of assessment. Having those areas treated during the day may contribute to better sleep at night.
How important is sleep?
Why Is Sleep Important?
" Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
The way you feel while you're awake depends in part on what happens while you're sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development.
The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant (such as a car crash), or it can harm you over time. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. "
As physiological issues continue to challenge our clients, perhaps healthcare providers should be focusing more on optimizing the choices made by thier client's inner massage therapist, as it seeks a position of "ease" during sleep.