John Benedict

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John Benedict: After accumulating multiple injuries as a Navy deep sea diver, John sought out healing therapy for his injuries. This brought him to Craig Nelson PHD, a clinical NMR/structural integration master/Olympic athlete. After graduating from The College of Healing Arts in Santa Monica, CA in 1988, John immediately started apprenticing with Craig Nelson, working on professional Olympic athletes doing intensive sports massage therapy. 

John has over 30 years of clinical practice working with top athletes, celebrities, politicians, and musicians in the Topanga/Malibu/Los Angeles area. During his years of practice, John has taken the work of structural integration and created a three session/one-week recipe targeted specifically to deal with chronic pain issues. The sessions are truly transformational and address the deepest core patterning.

Over the years, John made several work trips to Costa Rica, fell in love with the healing environment, and recently started working in the Dominical area.

STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION: A hands-on manual therapy for the relief of chronic pain and disfunction. Also addresses sports injuries and maintenance. Structural Integration is a scientifically validated body therapy. Unlike massage, Structural Integration focuses on the connective soft tissue, called fascia. Muscles are contracting tissues that give the body and organs physical movement. The fascia surrounds the muscles, bones and organs in the body. The fascia gives muscles their shape and the body its structure. Structural Integration aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. As fascia is lengthened it allows the muscles to move more efficiently. The practitioner will apply pressure to the body, working the entire fascial system in a systematic way. When restricted fascia is released and lengthened the body can return to its structurally optimal position.

The continuing pull of gravity, the stress of daily activities and physical injuries can pull the body out of alignment. The fascia gradually shortens, tightens and adjusts to accommodate the misalignment. When the body is out of alignment it creates inefficiency and imbalance resulting in stiffness, discomfort and loss of energy. When a body is aligned and balanced it moves with greater ease. It requires less energy to function. Good posture is effortless, and breathing is easier. The body becomes more flexible, more coordinated and athletic performance improves. -Guild for Structural Integration

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