By Crystal Whitelaw
The focus of life and health revolves around how well we treat and care for our bodies. No matter if you’re a stay-at-home mother, business professional, or an athlete, our bodies are constantly being pushed to the limit through daily activities.
The team at Structura Body Therapies knows the importance of holistic wellness and aims to relieve the body from all levels of stress, tension, and pain. Structura Body Therapies has a refined approach to a classic method of body therapy, honoring the past and present at the same time. It specializes in finding the target problem and curing it from the origin to its current state. Unlike other practices, the Structura team takes pride in this individualized approach. Their unique line of work speaks for itself. Not all body structures and postures are the same, thus they each deserve their own extensive treatment. This team of professionals literally pushes the boundaries to ultimate body relaxation.
Structura Body Therapies is founded on the principle of Structural Integration: A process of re-educating the body through movement and touch to facilitate the relationship between the body and gravity. Structural Integration systematically releases patterns of stress and impaired function. It works by lengthening and opening the patterns in the connective supportive tissue (fascia), and as a result, the tissue becomes soft, re-hydrated, and more pliable.
A simplified version of what they do over the course of 10 clinical sessions is to gradually lengthen the body, which allows muscles the space to work and promotes joints the freedom to function. There are several benefits of structural integration including greater flexibility, better balance, increased breathing capacity, a feeling of lightness and fluidity, increased energy and greater self-confidence. The team incorporates postural re-patterning and structural physiotherapy to achieve the desired results.
- Postural Re-patterning: A program designed to treat musculoskeletal pain without manipulation (massage techniques). It involves a series of stretches and gentle exercises designed to restore full, natural function to muscles and joints. This process strengthens specific muscles and brings the body back to its proper alignment and functioning.
- Structural Physiotherapy: This therapy uses a variety of muscle release techniques and movements that center on integrating and relaxing areas of chronic tension or knots (also known as “adhesions”). The therapist works to bring the body back into balance and restore range of motion.
In addition to structural integration, Structura Body Therapies also offers the traditional hands-on massage therapy:
- Signature Massage: A synergistic blend that compliments the structural principles of following the myofascial system that uses light to deep long, fluid strokes to relieve muscle tension and improve circulation. This technique will ease you into relaxation, release stress, and promotes proper mind body function. The work will proceed at your level of comfort.
- Injury Massage: Injury massage (neuromuscular techniques) is to relieve pain, stimulate circulation, and loosen trigger points. This form focuses on individual muscles rather than muscle groups, allowing the myofascia to become more mobile/elastic. It can help free the body of spasm and pain, increase its range of motion, and help prevent future injuries. This treatment is effective in preparation for joint mobilization or manipulation/adjustments by your chiropractor or physical therapist.
Tate Hardcastle, the owner of the company, says, “Our mission and vision is to get people pain free. People don’t have to live their lives with aches and pains, limited range of motion […] all that stuff we feel we may have to live with. People want to live their lives healthier and much happier. When you’re 60 or 70 years old, you still should be able to get on the ground and wrestle with your grandkids, what a joy that would be!” Because of the extensive knowledge and range of work, Tate and his team appeal to an extended audience of people.
Meet the Team
Over a short period of time the company has exponentially grown. The Structura Body Therapies team just celebrated their one-year anniversary at the Chandler location. After starting the original company in Utah three years ago, Jason and Nancy Prince (the founders of Structura Body Therapies) along with Tate Hardcastle decided to expand and create the first franchise in Arizona. “Jason was my mentor. He taught me massage therapy and structural integration over 10 years ago. Since then I went on to teach at various massage colleges.” And clearly, the rest is history. Hardcastle brought along a distinct group of professionals who’ve earned the necessary training to grow the business. They are very open about their background and experience in massage therapy, so you know exactly who you are dealing with every step of the way. Testimonials back up their extraordinary customer service and professionalism. Together, they work to provide care and support for their clients. Each individual loves the work that they do, and the atmosphere most certainly gives off that vibe.
Not only does this company work within the four walls of their building, Structura Body Therapies goes above and beyond to give back into the community. Structura Body Therapies is a member of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and participates in many charity and community events such as the PF Changs Rock ‘N Roll Marathon, Gladiator Run, Passport to ASU, and Feed My Starving Children, just to name a few. “We really love working with different charity events and giving back to the community” says Hardcastle.
“We are health partners with many different smaller businesses here in town. We’re all about referring back and forth and doing what’s best for the client.” The genuine support and involvement contributes to the success of the business and is undeniably admirable.
Reasons to Get Connected with Structura Body Therapies
While physical therapy and other practices focus mainly on post-rehab therapy, Structura offers the complete package to body wellness and relaxation. Whether you’re in need of a signature massage or a more prolonged type of body work, this team will stick with you from the start of your journey until the very end. Often people experience pain or symptoms in one part of the body that is actually caused by an injury or dysfunction in another area through the connective tissue. Finding the source of the pain can lead to overall posture reconstruction or even prevent surgery in the future. Whatever the case may be, it is always a good time to consult with a therapist at Structra Body Therapies.
First time guests are offered a free consultation and an overview of personal goals. From there, they commit to getting you to where you want to be, working with you as part of a team of professionals who work together to lead you to health and healing.
For more information on Structura Body Therapies, visit www.structurachandleraz.com or call 480-686-8647. They are located at 1600 W. Chandler Blvd, Suite 250 in Chandler, Arizona.
The Staff at Structura Body Therapies
Dustin Hall, LMT: “There is nothing more satisfying or gratifying then relieving someone’s pain, especially when they have lived with it for over 20 years and were told that there is no way to fix it.”
Max Hall, LMT: “Knowing that I can have such a huge impact on someone’s life by the simple use of touch is very rewarding to me. Structura has given me the knowledge and platform to help people in a way that I never could have imagined and I could not be more grateful.”
Tate Hardcastle, LMT: Jason Prince (one of the founders of Structura) taught me the power of this work. “My eyes were opened to the almost limitless benefits that massage therapy can offer to our clients. Along with my wonderful and supportive family, Structura Body Therapies is my passion!”
Elaina Martinez, LMT: I love when my clients can feel their results and can tell me that they no longer feel pain or discomfort. It is music to my ears when a client tells me, “I feel so much better now.”
Michael Haught, LMT: I first decided to get into massage after a back injury at work, when going through my recovery process, I was introduced to massage and realized how much it sped up my recovery. At that point, I knew that I wanted to help others feel the same relief and speedy recovery that I had experienced.
Thomas Dowell, LMT: I tailor the therapies to each individual client’s needs after viewing postural imbalances and range of motion tests, in order to address the cause of a problem and not just the systems.
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