Quick Tip: Have you met Daniel?

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Meet Your Therapist

Meet Your Therapist: Daniel Alexanyan

Every once in awhile, we like to introduce you to a Psoas therapist you may not know yet. Today, we want you to meet Daniel (if you haven’t already)! Daniel has been working as a therapist for six years and joined our clinical team about a year ago. With his background in Structural Integration, Daniel attends to a wide range of clinical issues. His work aims to help clients recognize the habit patterns that structure their postures, and to support them in making long-lasting changes. Check out the Q & A with him below, and to get a better sense of his work, come on in for a session!

What got you into massage therapy, and what do you love about it?

Dance, yoga, meditation and movement practices have always been a part of my life. I was looking for a dynamic vocation that would allow me to integrate those disciplines along with my passion for science, and to help people at the same time. I love imagining the domino effect of making one person feel better, of how that positivity can radiate out into the world.

What technique/s do you use and why?

Through the modality of Structural Integration, I apply a generally slow and responsive myofascial release and trigger point technique — stimulating the Ruffini stretch receptors. Activation of these receptors is necessary to intiate something called “descending modulation” — the process by which the mind maps an area of the body. Supporting this kind of re-mapping can be an enormously effective way to work with and reduce pain.

What type of client would your style suit best? What’s your goal with each client?

My favorite sort of client is one with the interest and will to participate in their own healing. My goal is to help all of my clients become more conscious of their bodies and recognize the habit patterns at the root of their discomfort. Many times I’ve had clients come to see me in pain and leave the session feeling so much better — it’s fantastic! But with everything I do, I’m looking to help clients live with greater ease, freedom and joy.

Are there any skills you use at Psoas that you haven’t been able to use elsewhere? Is there anything really cool you’ve learned?

At Psoas I am able to use all my knowledge about the body — not just about massage. We have the freedom here to integrate movement practices and anything that might help our clients reach their goals. We aren’t restricted to any sort of formula, and it’s been really cool learning about new modalities I hadn’t explored before.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not relieving tight muscles and getting people out of pain?

Right now my favorite thing to do is play with my new baby daughter, but it used to be playing competitive billiards, watching movies, or traveling.

What’s one piece of advice you would give people to stay loose, limber, and healthy?

Stretch, stretch, stretch!