Orange County Hot Spot – Bodywork by Jess
For this week’s Orange County Hot Spot, I wanted to let you know about Bodywork by Jess, my go-to spot for hands on bodywork.
Bodywork is one of those terms that is hard to define. Mosby’s Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine defines massage as “the application of diverse manual techniques of touch and stroking to muscles and soft tissue to achieve relaxation and to improve the client’s well-being”.
The same source cites the definition of Bodyworks as “a collection of techniques for restoring health and balance to the entire person by working through the body.”
A true “bodyworker” has many different tools and techniques at their disposal to align the muscles and joints and remove the tension stored in your body.
Jess Dyrenforth’s extensive training and education includes:
- Active Release Techniques (ART) – FULL BODY certified
- Myofascail Release tiger point
- Graston (AISTM)
- Sport injuries of the shoulder and wrist
- KT certified (Kensio Taping)
In addition, another great tool that Jess has in his tool kit is his own background. Before getting into bodywork, Jess was a professional athlete in two different sports, and now runs ultra-marathons. That’s a serious active lifestyle which requires an intense knowledge of the body and how it moves.
With that being said, Jess is on a whole different level than a massage therapist you would find at your local Massage Envy.
Your first visit to Jess involves an initial consultation where he reviews your medical history and current symptoms. The more information you provide to Jess, the faster he can narrow down the problem and come up with an approach.
Based on your symptoms, he’ll have you go through a couple of basic movement patterns to see how your body is moving, and after that, you’re on the table for the hands-on therapy.
I would suggest starting off with a full 60-minute session, that allows time for Jess to work out what your issues are and what the possible causes may be.
Jess has personally helped me with chronic shoulder and calf issues, and helped my wife by relieving her of her back pain.
I’m extremely selective about who I allow to work on me, as there are many people out there who I believe have no business working on clients. They claim to do “bodywork” but they are really just giving you a rubdown.
If you are currently having any muscular pain, I highly recommend that talk to your trainer and see if they think bodywork will help.