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Manual Therapy Techniques: Insights from Bruce Lee

When it comes to manual therapy techniques, bruce lee may not be an authority. However, his philosophy in martial arts has relevance. Bruce Lee wasn’t just a martial arts legend; he was also a deep thinker whose words still resonate today. Among his famous sayings, one stands out: “Absorb what is useful, discard what is […]

Dispelling the Myth: Manual Tissue Therapy Doesn’t Break Up Fascia

densification in the fascial matrix

There’s a common misconception circulating about manual tissue therapy: that they “break up” fascia. For instance, this is common for techniques like deep tissue massage, tooling and myofascial release This notion is not entirely accurate, and it’s essential to clarify why. Fascia is a dense, fibrous connective tissue that surrounds and supports muscles, organs, and […]

The Importance of Fascia in Injury Rehab

importance of fascia in injury

As an athlete or fitness enthusiast, you’re no stranger to injuries. They can be frustrating, time-consuming, and can derail your progress towards your goals. Whether you’re dealing with a sprained ankle, a torn muscle, or any other type of injury, rehab is essential to get back on track. But have you considered the role of […]

From Knots to Nerves: How Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy Are Different

Deep tissue therapy

When it comes to bodywork, these terms are often used interchangeably, but it is important to understand how massage and soft tissue therapy are different. However, these two practices have distinct differences in terms of techniques, focus, and intended outcomes. In this article, we will explore the similarities and differences between massage and soft tissue […]

Cupping Marks: What Are They?

cupping on quadriceps

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest trends in fitness and wellness, you’ve probably heard of cupping therapy. This ancient form of alternative therapy involves the use of cups to create suction on the skin. Cupping can provide a number of health benefits, including reducing muscle soreness, improving range of motion, and relieving pain. […]

What Is Fascia (and does it really matter?)

fascia

In recent years, fascia has gained popularity in the fields of training, rehabilitation, and recovery. This is due in part to a growing understanding of the important role that it plays in the body. Many people recognize the benefits of targeting the tissue in various types of treatment and training have had an impact. So […]

6 Ways To Increase Muscle Pliability

soft tissue therapy for wellness and performance

Increasing muscle pliability is the goal of many recovery techniques because it is fundamental to high-quality human movement. Muscle pliability is a term that describes the optimal, qualitative state of your muscle tissue. Having “pliable” muscles means that they are supple and resilient. They move without restriction and have elastic quality to them. This allows […]

Guide to Soft Tissue Therapy for Active Individuals and Athletes

soft tissue therapy for wellness and performance

As an active individual or athlete, you know the importance of maintaining your body’s health and wellness. Soft tissue therapy, a form of manual therapy that targets the muscles, fascia, and connective tissues, can help you achieve just that. At Vive we developed an approach to soft tissue work that integrates several different techniques. We […]

What is Muscle Tension?

People use the phrase “muscle tension” but if you don’t really know what that means, it’s hard to fix it. People and professionals describe muscles as “tense” all the time.  But what does that really mean?  Let’s start by looking at the definition. ten·sion /ˈtenSHən/ noun: tension a strained state or condition resulting from forces acting […]