Connective tissue massage can be used as a treatment or complementary therapy for a wide range of internal conditions and disorders:
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Liver and gall bladder complaints
- Arterial circulatory problems
- Heart conditions following coronary artery disease
Connective tissue massage can also help with chronic overstimulation of the autonomic nervous system, which can result in migraines and constipation.
- CHF 57.00 for a 25-minute massage
- CHF 114.00 for a 50-minute massage
Useful information about the therapy
IThe origins of connective tissue massage are nothing short of sensational. Elisabeth Dicke was a physiotherapist. In 1929, she became extremely ill and was hospitalised for a long period of time due to severe circulatory problems in one of her legs. Her condition was already so advanced that her only hope for a cure was amputation. Because she had to lie down for such a long time, she also suffered severe back pain. Deciding that this pain was the one thing she could try to alleviate, she started to massage her lower back. While doing so, she noticed that in certain places the tissue felt different and was more sensitive to pain. She continued to treat herself, and after a few months, her leg healed to such an extent that amputation was no longer necessary.
Spurred on by this phenomenal success, she examined her patients for changes to their tissue and treated them using the same method. In the years that followed, she worked with physiotherapist Hede Teirich-Leube and physician Wolfgang Kohlrausch to develop the treatment. In 1942, the first book detailing the treatment concept was published. The very same method is still in use today.
Based on the pre-existing concept of Head zones, connective tissue massage divides the body into reflex zones, including the head, bronchial, stomach, liver, heart, kidney, bladder, and venous lymphatic zones. These areas of the skin are linked to the internal organs through nerve connections, which means that any disorders affecting an organ will manifest in the related skin zone.
By treating the various zones with manual stimulation therapy involving pulling and stretching motions, the subcutaneous connective tissue is massaged in a targeted manner. Thanks to the nerve connections between the skin and internal organs, this therapy will treat the affected organ. But it also has a localised effect, enabling tension and knots to be released.
Every connective tissue massage is based on the same formula. The treatment plans devised by Elisabeth Dicke are still in use today. The plan is divided into the “small (or basic) plan”, followed by additional treatments selected according to the patient’s needs.
Every treatment begins with the “small plan”. This involves starting with treatment on the pelvic region, before moving on to the entire back and abdomen. The therapist will then select the appropriate additional treatment based on the patient’s condition.