Valley of the Sun, AZ

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Return to Balance – Your Body, Our Understanding

  July 07, 2019
When we are born, our bodies begin with a perfect construction. As we age, playtime in our youth, daily lifting of items, and the effects of our jobs, gravity, and injury take us further from that origin. The therapists at Keystone Body Therapies focus on finding the cause of pain and dysfunction as opposed to focusing on areas of pain and symptoms, and treat the pain at its source. The therapies we offer assist in returning your body back to the structure that nature intended, allowing the muscular, skeletal, and nervous symptoms to work cohesively, free of pain, dysfunction, and impairment.

Keystone Body Therapies was founded on the principle of Structural Integration — a process of re-educating and realigning the body through movement and touch, facilitating the relationship between the body and gravity. Structural Integration is a 12-session series of bodywork that helps the body release harmful patterns of stress and dysfunction. It works by lengthening the connective tissue (fascia), as a result the tissues become soft, re-hydrated, and more pliable, allowing muscles and joints the space and freedom to function properly and move freely.
Bringing the body back to its correct postural objective will not only reduce pain, but can also provide the following benefits:
  • Improve flexibility, balance, and breathing capacity
  • Increase athletic performance
  • Increase mental clarity
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Improve healing time from injury
  • Provide a feeling of lightness and fluidity
Through bodywork and awareness, Keystone advances our clients’ understanding of their bodies and how to take control of their health. We accomplish this by providing caring and clinical services by a team of well-trained and highly skilled therapists through one-on-one sessions. There is great benefit in the art of human hands sculpting and manipulating the soft tissues of the body to ease pain and dysfunction. You will not find machines, stimulating devices, or medications at Keystone Body Therapies. First-time guests are offered a free consultation and an overview of personal goals. From there, we commit to getting you to where you want to be, working with you as part of a team of professionals that work together to lead you to health and healing. Hardcastle says, “we are health partners with many different smaller business here in town. We are all about referring back and forth, to do what is best for the client.”

All of our therapists must first be licensed to perform massage in the State of Arizona, and then complete the extensive continuing education to become a certified Structural Bodyworker. “No one else in the Valley has the unique training and approach that our skilled therapists have,” says Tate Hardcastle, owner of Keystone Body Therapies. The specialized training requires completion of two separate courses. During this training, therapists receive certifications in Injury/Rehabilitative Massage, Neuromuscular Re-Education, Structural Integration, and our own branded Signature Massage.

Meet the owner
Tate Hardcastle, owner of Keystone Body Therapies, says, “our mission and vision is to get people pain-free. We do not have to live with aches and pains, limited range of motion, and all of that stuff many people think they just have to accept as part of life and aging. It is possible to live healthier, much happier, and pain-free, so when you are 60 or 70 years old, you can still get on the ground and wrestle with the grandkids.”

Tate graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City in 2004, and has worked solely and has worked solely in the massage therapy field since. He opened the Chandler, AZ practice in 2013, expanding to Scottsdale in 2017, and then to Avondale in 2018. He has also worked as a massage instructor and conducts the in-house training with all of the new therapists, as well.

Along with his wonderful and supportive family, Keystone Body Therapies is his passion! “Educating the public on the benefits of this work is a huge part of what we do.”

Community involvement
Keystone Body Therapies participates in many charity and community events:
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • The Humana Rock ‘N Roll Marathon
  • Race For Maggie’s Place
  • The Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run
  • Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona
  • September CHAMP (Cancer Hope & Awareness Month for Pediatrics)
  • Plus many more
“We really love working with different charity events and giving back to the community,” says Hardcastle.

Structural Bodywork Techniques

Neuromuscular Re-Education
A unique and personalized body movement program, designed for each individual client to aid in postural and muscular imbalances without the use of massage or bodywork.

Neuromuscular Re-Education uses specific, yet gentle movement exercises and stretches to restore full mobility and allow the body function properly. These exercises will strengthen specific muscles to allow the body to naturally realign itself, in turn, the body will function properly and fluidly, as well as pain-free. Re-education movement exercises are gentle and effective enough to be performed by people of all ages and activity levels, and they are a great compliment to the other services that we offer.

Therapeutic Bodywork
Clinical bodywork focusing on specific areas using a variety of myofascial release techniques.

Therapeutic Bodywork is a blend of advanced deep-tissue massage and body movement with the intention of lengthening chronically short muscles. Targeting these areas of dysfunction allows the therapist to restore range of motion, reduce the negative effects of gravity, alleviate pain, and allow the body to properly balance itself.

Signature Massage
A relaxing combination of Swedish massage and Therapeutic Bodywork.

Our Keystone Signature Massage will relax the body, while following its fascial plains to balance and realign at the same time. By blending several different therapeutic and relaxing modalities, this technique will relieve stress, and promote proper mind, body, and spirit function. The use of light to deep, long, and fluid strokes decreases muscle tension and improves circulation as well.

Injury/Rehabilitative Bodywork
Clinical bodywork focusing on specific muscles, rather than an entire muscle group, to relieve pain and restore mobility.

Injury and Rehabilitative Bodywork is used to alleviate pain, increase circulation, release trigger points and adhesions, and decrease healing time. Releasing trigger points and adhesions in specific muscles allows the tissue to become more mobile and pliable, reducing spasms and increasing range of motion of the joints, which will also aid in preventing further or future injuries.

Structural Integration
A 12-session series focusing on the connective tissues of the body to reorganize fascia and reduce the negative effects of gravity.

Structural Integration is a system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organizes the whole body in gravity. We affect the body’s posture and structure by manipulating the connective tissue of the muscle. By working with all the layers of the body, we ease patterns of strain and holding in the entire system. This allows more efficient muscle use, energy conservation, and creates more economical and refined patterns of movement.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the services offered at Keystone Body Therapies, schedule your free 30-minute consultation today. With locations in Chandler, Scottsdale, and Avondale, we are available to help the entire Valley. Online scheduling is available at or call the office in your area.

Chandler Clinic
1600 Chandler Blvd., Ste. 250
Chandler, AZ 85224

Scottsdale Clinic
9746 N. 90th Pl., Ste. 105
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Avondale Clinic
12409 W. Indian School Rd., Ste. B-210
Avondale, AZ 85392

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July 07, 2019
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