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Introduction to the Rossiter Technique (Lower Body Pain)


Hello I’m Ken St. Pierre from Kneaded
Massage Works and today I’m going to show you something that’s new and exciting for me: it’s it’s called Rossiter. It’s a system of stretching and it really has
to deal with working with the connective tissue. It’s a different type of
stretching than you may be used to. It works again the connective tissue can is
the facha that’s in between the muscles and it’s like a grid that runs through
your entire body so sometimes just working one area can affect a whole
other area. So it’s really exciting to be doing this type of work. It’s mostly done
on the floor so and I also use my feet to create tension in an area or hit a
trigger point and the person on the floor actually does the work of
stretching. So I’m going to go through that in a minute,
but I also wanted to mention that because I use my feet with this, before a
person comes in, I put on a clean pair of socks and then I’m ready to go. Okay so in Rossiter there are a couple
of things that you need to learn first. First of all we do what’s called a
lockout and that is creating a little bit of a tension in your body so that
when we do the actual stretching it is much more effective, and so I’m going to
show here with Andrea what happens with her feet her legs of feet she will, when
I say “do a lockout,” she kind of digs her heels forwards and her toes go backwards
up towards the top of her body right and then her arm goes out to the side and
does a stop sign type of thing again creating a tension in that shoulder. It’s
not really a tension it’s just a we call it a lockout the other last aspect is
she turns her head towards that arm and I have these poles here because once I
get up and I start applying pressure it helps me to stabilize the type of
pressure or the amount of pressure I’m going to use and again the person on the
floor is totally in control of the type of pressure of the amount of pressure
that’s used and the more they participate in this whole effort the
more benefit they’re going to get out of it so again I’ll go through different
spots today I’m just going to show some a few little the simple spots but there
are a vast amount of them that I can do for different areas of the body and
again the amount that that a person works with this the more benefit they’re
going to get out of it so here we go I’ll just show a few a few different
moves okay okay so today I’m going to show a
little bit about working the legs there are vast amount of techniques that I can
use on the legs and depending on what complaint my client might have that will
help determine where I’m going to work but by working the quad area and
applying it can help the knee it can help some of the lower shin splints hip
the hip issues all of the above so again depending on what a person might come in
and say their complaint is or what they’re trying to work through that will
determine where and how we will work and sometimes we work with the simplest
techniques for us to see what works best for them and we take it from there so
I’m just going to show today a simple technique on how it works so you just
kind of get an idea but just keep in mind that there are many many different
types of things that can be done so today we’re going to do right now I’m
going to do a little thing called the gas pedal where I apply a little bit of
pressure I check in with the person they’re totally in control of the amount
of pressure that I apply and once we’ve achieved how does this pressure feel
Andrea good okay we’re gonna do a lockout which she locks out locks out
her hands very good and then I’ll have her move her foot back and forth like as
if she were working a gas pedal and she can probably feel that release all the
way into her calves and and any heel pain well that type of discomfort can be
addressed with these type of moves but again there are lots of different ones
that I could use so and then you can relax and my job is more the coach to
help see that they’re doing it correctly and to push them to
work it a little bit harder because sometimes if they only go a little ways
and they just push it just that little more they’ll get that extra release and
getting a release and in joints will help create more space and alleviate
some of the discomfort that they may have been experiencing so that’s it

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