Resistive Stretching (DCT)

Dynamic Contraction Technique™ (“DCT™”) is a unique blend of resistance stretching and strength training that incorporates principles from western biomechanics and eastern holistic approaches to give its users a profound therapeutic whole-body workout experience. The technique is simple in principle, practical in use, and profound in its results, offering tools for people at all levels of athletic and physical abilities – Kate has worked with athletes, arthritics, chronic back and neck patients, knee, hip and shoulder injuries and anyone that needs a great low impact workout and therapy session.

The exercises are specifically designed to increase flexibility and muscle strength through a greater range of motion by removing tension from the body.

As a DCT practitioner, Kate begins by using proper biomechanical alignment and posture as a guide to hone in on structural alignment issues caused by muscle tension. Once these and any other associated problems have been identified, Kate uses her understanding of the body and the relationship between tension and its numerous effects on the body to create a customized therapeutic workout experience.

Kate has even used DCT personally to get over a chronic groin injury. After numerous visits to a physical therapist, chiropractor, massage therapist and Active release therapist, nothing really seemed to be working. However, once Kate started stretching herself and having a DCT practitioner work on her, the pain started to slowly go away, the inflammation subsided and her leg healed.

Benefits
DCT addresses the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies within you. Find out more about common benefits by reading this section, or schedule a ½ Off Session with Kate for a more comprehensive evaluation and personalized plan to remove the tension from your body and improve your health.

Posture
DCT™ will help you develop proper posture and alignment of the joints in your body.

Imagine for a moment a skeleton. Imagine that instead of muscles and tendons attaching to the bones, there are ropes or cables from bone to bone. Now imagine that we shortened each of those ropes each by five inches. Now imagine that we shortened each of these ropes by five inches. Try to visualize in your mind’s eye what the skeleton would look like after all the ropes “muscles” were shortened. Hopefully what you are seeing looks something like your ninety-nine year old neighbor who is hunched over with an arthritic back, hip, and knee. This shortening of the muscles is one way that posture can be affected.

The opposite problem that is potentially just as destructive to the body is when the muscles become weak to the point that they can no longer support the correct alignment of the bones. This is most obviously seen in individuals who have become “knock knee’d.” In this situation it is the butt muscles on the outside of the hip that cannot hold the femur out to the side, and so the knees fall in. DCT™ allows you to determine whether you are too tight or too weak in your body and where!

Flexibility and Muscle Tension
Just as tension can be put into the body, you’ll be happy to know that it can be taken out of the body!

DCT™ provides a way to improve flexibility by increasing strength and removing tension across the body. It is important to understand that Flexibility is really more about a person’s Range of Contraction (ROC) than their Range of Motion (ROM). Tension in both muscles and fascia restrict the ability of an individual to contract their muscles throughout their full range of motion. This is significant because the point of having a body is being able to use it!

If we are constantly teaching our bodies to relax into a ROM then we are essentially teaching ourselves to be weak at that ROM. DCT™ forces you to activate your muscles at all available ranges and increases that range using resistance so that as you become more “limber” you actually become stronger through that new range of motion. Hence the new and more appropriate term: range of contraction (“ROC”).

Let Kate assess your ROC and help remove your muscle tension and or fascial
tension to increase your true Flexibility.

Joint Pain
DCT™ works to improve blood flow and blood circulation to the joints

The joints of the body generally have poor blood circulation to begin with (which causes problems such as arthritis). Because of the need for joints to be able to open and close, or twist and turn arteries and veins cannot, by necessity, be
abundant in those areas. If they were then every time you bend your knees and hips to sit in a chair the blood flow through your body would get pinched off and stop.

As such the main pathways for blood circulation run through your muscles and send little branches off to feed the joints. This works great, until you throw muscle tension and fascial tension into the picture. If tension builds in a muscle it can begin to squeeze on the arteries and veins that run through it. The best way to visualize this is with a garden hose analogy.

If you happen to be in your back yard watering your garden and your neighbor walked by and decided to step on your garden hose you can imagine that the flow of water would slow down and eventually stop, leaving your plants to starve
to death. This is exactly what happens in the body. As tension forms blood circulation slows, and the joints which are already limited in their blood supply starve for lack of oxygen and nutrients which in turn causes degeneration and
pain.

By removing tension with DCT™ Kate can increase blood circulation to the joints. With greater blood circulation there is more synovial fluid produced keeping the joints lubricated and moving freely.

Peak Performance
DCT™ is about increasing body awareness, developing a fundamental education about the body, and realigning the posture to maximum your physical potential.

The Ultimate Training Enhancer
Many people who begin a DCT™ program invariably ask whether they should continue doing other forms of therapy and/or training. The answer to this question is absolutely, YES! There is no form of training, sport, or therapy that will not become much more enjoyable with a heightened sense of body control and increased muscle strength and flexibility.

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