What Is Neural Touch™?
Do you want a therapeutic system that
• Treats the whole body:
Neural Touch™ has techniques to address every major muscle and joint system, as well as affecting organic, endocrine and autonomic nervous function.
• Can greatly relieve most complaints within a few sessions:
Some conditions will undoubtedly take longer, but most, including back pain, sciatica, carpal-tunnel and TMJ, can be corrected on a routine basis.
• Is gentle on your clients and easy on yourself:
Most clients relax so deeply that they fall asleep one or more times per session. Practitioners find they can do many more sessions per day with less strain and fatigue.
• You can learn quickly:
Neural Touch™ trainings will leave you well-prepared for practice. After the first class most practitioners feel totally comfortable applying the system. Advanced classes are available to broaden the practitioner’s understanding and application of the techniques.
• Combines well with other therapies:
You may well find some of your previous techniques unnecessary. However, Neural Touch™ will enhance any modality it is added to. Gene Dobkin has taught more than 100 medical professionals, including doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, nurses, and veterinarians, as well as hundreds of massage therapists in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, and the Middle East.
People often speak about “body wisdom” in connection with integrative therapies. If the body is indeed so smart, then only reasonable hints should be necessary to get it back on track when there is a problem. Many therapeutic systems strive to approach this subtlety, this minimalist language that the neuro-muscular-visceral systems can understand. Neural Touchª is at the cutting edge of this search.
Neural Touchª is a subtle muscle/nerve/connective tissue technique inspired by a number of osteopathic modalities. The work is gentle, non-invasive and can be performed through the clothing. Unlike massage or other manipulations that try to force a change, Neural Touch simply resets your body to heal itself. The results are profound and lasting, and usually apparent within two or three sessions.
Neural Touch’s application is completely safe. and appropriate for everyone from highly trained athletes, to newborns, to pregnant women, to the elderly and infirm. Neural Touch effectively addresses musculo-skeletal conditions, sporting injuries, digestive and respiratory conditions, organic and glandular complaints and general stress and tension. Practitioners treat migraines, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), carpal-tunnel syndrome, sciatica, scoliosis, asthma and colic with a consistently high rate of success.
Tough sometimes evocative of other modalities, Neural Touch is a novel bodywork application:
- There is no manipulation of joints or bony structures such as in chiropractic–however,misalignments will almost invariably right themselves.v
- No oil is used, and there is no deep or repeated rubbing along muscle tissues as in massage–however,muscle tensions and strains are relieved and normal lymphatic flow restored.
- Although many traditional acupoints are included in the sequences, there are not addressed or organized in anything resembling Chinese medical theory–however,meridian readings will show strong and immediate changes.
- There is no forceful probing of fascia or connective tissue as in Rolfing or deep-tissue work–however,fascia rehydrates, adhesions release and scar tissue softens and shrinks.
- There is no strategic ‘duress’ or invoking of emotional content as in “mind-body” therapies–however,internal psychological shifts are very common.
- There is no intentional “channeling” or redirecting of energies–however,nearly everyone reports a pleasant, trance-like state, a quickening and subliming of the spirits, and a profound sense of well-being and ease.
An Neural Touch treatment consists of a gentle probing and shifting of tissues, often in the form of gentle, rolling “moves” done across superficial muscles, tendons and nerves. There is also a directed stretching and positioning of the limbs and torso when spinal reflexes need to be invoked. Because of the profound interconnectedness of the body, through postural vectors, interlinking fascial planes and neurological “reflections” from one area to another, the body needs to be addressed and treated as a whole. However, certain areas have proven to be especially troublesome and are given more focused attention:
• The postural muscles, running mostly along the entire backside of the body.
• The “innominate” area — hips, sacrum, coccyx and groin
• The scapulae and shoulder girdles
• The diaphragm and thoracic connections
• The neck and throat, especially attachments to the cranium
• The cranium, especially the TMJ complex
Another way of looking at these body “modules” is in referring to the four diaphragms: the pelvic, respiratory, thoracic inlet and cranial diaphragms.As previously indicated, these modules are not separable in fact. Together, they address systems within the body system as a whole, including the respiratory, digestive, endocrine, cranio-sacral and autonomic nervous systems.
Although extremely gentle, these stimulations are so powerful that it’s necessary to let the patient rest and “cook” a minute or so between certain segments in order that they completely integrate the neurological changes. The entire process is so soothing that most patients will fall asleep at least once during the session.