DSL Edgework —
Soft Tissue Therapeutics:
• Mindful Medical Massage Therapy
• Myo-Structural Bodywork & Balancing
• Postural Yoga Therapy
Expanding Your Skills, Knowledge & Insights into a Comprehensive Soft Tissue Therapy System …
- What Can Bodyworkers Learn from Medical Yoga Therapy?
- What Can Yoga Therapists Learn from Mindful Medical Massage Therapy?
- How Do You Integrate Medical Yoga Therapy with Myo-Structural Bodywork & BIO-Structural Balancing?
- What ARE “Medicine” & “Mindfulness” Anyway, and How Do They Apply to Bodywork & Yoga?
- How To Merge Them ALL Into an Integral, Whole Health System?
- While Increasing Your VALUE & Expert Authority to Your Students, Clients & Patients?
to the Puzzles of
Posture, Pain & Dysfunction
with a Focus On Prevention & Performance …
with Mindful Medical Massage,
Myo-Structural Bodywork / Balancing
& Postural Yoga Therapy
Application of these Teachings will take Yoga to new heights in the Western World. … The DSL Method makes profound sense.
Yoga Teacher & Student
You did for me in 4 hours what physiotherapy couldn’t do in 4 years. And, you gave me the tools to continue working on my own.
David is doing cutting edge work in the field of bodywork, and it would take 3 or 4 teachers to replace what he knows.
The DSL Method of Mindful Medical Massage & Myo-Structural Balancing for Soft Tissue Therapy includes:
• Let-Go Yoga & Postural Yoga Therapy
• Mindful Medical Massage Therapy
• Hands-On, Myo-Structural Balancing
… (with Physical / Mental / Relational Yoga Principles as Applied to Bodywork)
• Injury Prevention in Yoga, Exercise & Life
• Advanced Self Care Techniques
… (for Clients, Bodyworkers & Yoga Teachers)
Based on EIGHT Primary Components of an Integral, Whole Health System of BodyMind Therapy, based on Medical Massage, Structural Bodywork & Yoga Therapy:
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An Integral Evolution of Western Perspectives
— with Essential Insights from the East —
in Yoga- & Science-based
Bodywork, Exercise & Stretching Technique,
and Whole Health Therapeutics
“AGING ELEGANTLY” and Anti-Aging are greatly enhanced with low-intensity yoga & movement therapy for activating built-in self-healing (parasympathetic nerve function) processes.
“INJURY PREVENTION” comes from greater resilience & flexibility with Intelligent Kinesthetic (sensory aware) Movement Principles.
While the Comprehensive, Integral Method presented here is primarily for Professional Educators, Therapists & Trainers, seriously interested Students & Clients will understand & benefit greatly.
Most material here is written such that anyone so motivated can comprehend the content.
of the DSL METHOD of Therapeutic Bodywork & Yoga
1. BodyMind Integration & Integral Awareness
(A “Yogic* ” Approach to Therapy & Life Itself)
*YOGIC — Continual & Intentional Enhancement of the Quality of Attention you pay to whatever it is you’re doing, feeling or thinking.
Health & Fitness, Flexibility & Strength with Mindful, In-the-Moment FEELING & Self-Awareness Coordinated with Reflective, Effective, Analytical Thinking.
Mindfulness (a more easily accessible aspect of meditation) in Bodywork, Yoga & Exercise Processes produce Radical (to the Root) Relaxation, in turn providing many profound health & healing benefits as well as enhancing everything our BodyMind engages in.
The Intersection between Philosophical, Psychological & Physiological Principles with Techniques from Integral, Yogic (Conscious, Self-Aware) Perspectives give a strong foundation on which to build the various practices we live and work with every day.
DE-Stressing Your BodyMind while DE-Contracting & Balancing Your Muscles & Fascia, with Low-Intensity, “Homeopathic” activation of “YIN” or Parasympathetic Nerves, reduces or eliminates pain, dysfunction, poor posture and/or limitations on range-of-motion.
2. BIO-Structural Balancing & Postural Alignment
Structurally DE-Compress & Balance your, or your
Client’s, Psycho-Neuro-Musculo-Fascial Soft Tissues & Joint structures.
Structural & Postural Imbalances / Misalignments provide STRUCTURAL CLUES as to what our nerves & brain are doing … or NOT doing. We then, with conscious hands-on manual or stretching therapy, “talk” to the CNS (central nervous system) & Brain by way of the soft tissues.
Hands-on Bodywork, Postural Yoga, Tai Chi-based Exercise, even “talk-therapy” can all be done with mindfulness, kinesthetic intelligence and access to the deeper aspects of Being Human and how that can build up or break down our Quality Of Life.
Advanced Structural Anatomy & Functional Kinesiology
includes Yogic-Logic & YogasAnalysis, with which we develop appropriate Breathing, Exercise, & Stretching Techniques.
3. Scientific Principles of A.K.P.N.
DSL’s School of Hard Knots …
C.E.M.&.N.T. or Chronic, Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension & Stress, or just plain old “tight muscles,” cause many short & long-term problems in the human bodymind.
DSL Edgework focuses on three primary things:
1.) Reduce or Eliminate your chronic, excess muscle tension
2.) Help you learn to “effecticiently*” manage appropriate levels of tension & stress in your bodymind.
3.) Help you coordinate your PNMF* balance & actions.
* Effecticient = Effective plus Efficient, showing up at the same time
* PNMF = Psycho-Neuro-Musculo-Fascial Systems
Therapists, Coaches & Teachers Benefit Greatly from Learning Advanced Structural Anatomy, Functional Kinesiology, Neuromuscular/Myofascial Physiology &
• Anatomy — Components of the bodymind
• Kinesiology — How muscle / bone components interact
• Physiology — Metabolic processes controlling the system
• Neurology — Control Systems* & foundations of mind
• Psycho — Relating to the mind or psychology
• Kinetic — Relating to or resulting from motion
* Control Systems of the BodyMind, especially the
DSL Unlocks the Keys to Injury Prevention in Yoga, Exercise & Movement.
4. DSL’s Method of Edge-Touch™ Asana Assists &
“Let-Go Yoga” Therapy
“Yogic Logic” Draws from Principles of:
- Hatha (physical) Yoga
- Jnana (mental) Yoga
- Relational Yoga
- “Yin” (Low Intensity or Homeopathic) Yoga
- BIO-Structural Analysis
- YogasAnalysis (Designing Yoga Postures based on Anatomy & Kinesiology)
- Orthodox Medical & Physical Sciences
- Applying Myo-Structural Balancing & Physical/Mental Yoga Principles to Postural Yoga Therapy.
Yoga for the WEST of Us:
DSL Edgework Hands-On Therapy was originally based on principles of Physical (Hatha) Yoga, Mental (Jnana) Yoga & Relational Yoga as taught by Joel Kramer. Joel was a pioneer in developing a highly conscious yet Western approach to Yoga.
While most people opt for the hands-on therapy, the most successful Clients & Practitioners utilize customized mindful postural yoga in their daily self-care & maintenance practices. And in between hands-on sessions with their therapist, postural yoga is an excellent way to maintain and even accelerate results from hands-on, private therapy.
5. Hands-on, EdgeTouch™ Bodywork Therapy, including Clinical, Mindful Medical Massage Therapy & Myo-Structural Bodywork
Via Hands-on Myo*-Structural Therapy, DSL offers an Externally Applied Form of Physical, Mental & Relational Yoga.
- Myo = primary focus on MUSCLE units, which INCLUDES fascial structures & controlling nerves.
Manual techniques, based on Principles of Physical, Mental & Relational Yoga, for reducing C.E.M.&.N.T. or Chronic, Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension & Stress.
Hands-on, structural bodywork (also known as structural integration [such as Rolfing™] or structural massage therapy) is called for when the bodymind becomes less responsive to therapeutic postural yoga or more common hands-on massage, stretching or therapeutic procedures.
6. Tai Chi-based Movement & Hindu Exercise Therapy
Low Intensity, Tai Chi-based, “Yin” Movement
Therapy & Exercise for Parasympathetic Activation & Self-Healing and fine Motor Coordination of the joints.
Tai Chi Movement is an excellent transition from what appear to be “passive” yoga postures to more aggressive fitness-based exercise, such as the Hindu / P.A.C.E. exercise programs activating the sympathetic system. They provide a perfect sympathetic complement to DSL’s parasympathetic focused therapeutics.
DSL also provides Life & Work Style Design, from the Inside Out, including Work Station Design.
Sympathetic versus Parasympathetic Nerve & Health Function is discussed HERE.
7. Internal / External Ergonomics & Life / Work Design
Many Influences on how our BodyMind functions come from our living and working environment. The shapes of chairs we sit in, the height and positioning of work surfaces, the orientation of a computer monitor, how far back our car seat leans, even how clothes fit and hang on our body … all if these factors can have mild to significant affects on how well we feel & function in life and work.
Even tying shoe laces too tight can cause significant problems!
Sometimes, reorganizing our living and/or work spaces can produce significant improvements in how we operate in the world. And keeping C.E.M.&.N.T. accumulations at a minimum can be assisted as well.
8. Cross-Training in Whole Health Disciplines
Widen & Deepen Your Knowledge with a Range of Healing Philosophies, Principles & Modalities as well as many unique viewpoints on BodyMind systems.
Learn the MOST Important & Relevant Principles of Diet & Nutrition, Naturopathy,
Homeopathy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic,
Lymphology & Fitness Methods.
Expand Your Educational Services Beyond Yoga &
Bodywork, Becoming FAR MORE Valuable to Clients.
(This is NOT Diagnosis & Treatment. It is Client Education & Advocacy.)
TESTIMONIALS on DSL’s Method of Medical Massage, Structural Bodywork, Yoga Therapy
While DSL’s concept and execution of bodywork is nothing short of amazing, it is his approach to yoga that has been life altering for me. The profound yet subtle changes have reinvented not only my own practice, but the way I teach yoga as well. Of all the yoga techniques i’ve studied in the past 30 years, not only are David’s methods what I’ve been searching for, but the feedback from my students is equally as positive. I’m excited about teaching yoga again.
Former Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist
Having had experience with many different bodyworkers, David’s technique is certainly unique. There are levels of healing he achieves I’ve never seen before. This is clearly a result of a vast knowledge of anatomy and physiology combined with decades of hands-on experience.
Dr. John Bordiuk
Inner Balance Med • Wellesley, MA
(Dr. Bordiuk was a Yoga Teacher
before attending Medical School)
I have worked with many soft tissue therapists over the years. David Scott Lynn is the only one educated and skilled enough to do what I want with full confidence that the job will be done. My patients definitely feel the difference.
Doctor of Chiropractic
This system has been developed by DSL over the last four decades, and while it is VERY SIMPLE to get started, it is, potentially, infinitely deep & complex, as well.
You can jump down on this page for a list of web pages on the Sister Site describing much of how it all works and where to go from here, OR … if you want to know more about David and how the work was developed …
Learn More about David & The DSL Method:
Medical Massage, Structural Bodywork, Yoga Therapy
(Bio & History)
What Student’s & Clients Have Said About DSL
Therapeutic Let-Go Yoga and The DSL Method of
Yoga/Bodywork/Whole Health Therapeutics:
FREE ARTICLES by David Scott Lynn
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to Read About DSL’s New e-Book:
The Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga:
And the Neuro-Structural Sciences
of Physical / Mental and
“I read David Scott Lynn’s book which I highly recommend for every massage therapist. I was amazed at how intricately he delves into and emphasizes, over and over from various angles, how our work mostly works to affect the nervous system in a variety of ways.
He explains ‘nervous system to myofascial relationships’ brilliantly!”
Dr. Michael A Koplen, DC
Santa Cruz Area, California
Thank You for Reading about DSL Edgework, or The DSL Method of Mindful Medical Massage, Myo-Structural Bodywork & Postural Yoga Therapy.
Thank You For Reading,
David Scott Lynn (DSL*)
DSL: Your Hi-Touch Up-Link to the Inner-Net.*
* Inner-Net: Your Psycho-Neuro-Musculo-Fascial Network.