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Pain Management & Focused Therapy
It's new... it's effective... it's original!
Mother Earth Pillows + Massage = Pillossage & Thermal Therapy
Updated September, 2017
Better yet, this therapeutic Bodywork saves the Massage Therapists' body as every client
receives a massage session they'll never forget!
It didn't happen overnight...it took several years to develop these techniques in a manner that would make sense to both your client's body and you...the therapist. Since 2009, the goal of Karen Kowal, RN, LMT has been to introduce safe, effective techniques working through heat.
This therapy added to the skill of a trained Thermal Therapist, will assist tissues to respond and gently change...without pain... and focus on the 'sweet relief' without pain and guarding. The goal is to create increased relaxation and sense of safety during the therapy session.
Pillossage is the total opposite of "no pain, no gain" type of approach!
There are many approaches using heat for just sliding, gliding and pushing. Yet, Pillossage has created unique techniques after years of understanding the science behind not only using heat, but becoming aware of the desired action and response.
see info here about LAST CLASS I teach in 2016 & DNM... new stuff!
And then an unexpected surprise! In 2016, I took a 5-day Intensive class taught by Diane Jacobs who introduced me to DermoNeuroModulating (DNM). It was the final piece of the puzzle about why Pillossage / Thermal Therapy...works so well! This deeply researched science (by Diane & others) helps explain how understanding nerves in the skin, the nervous system & brain are so impacted when heat is added! Using heat is ancient, but now we have even more science to back this up! Always learning!
While using heated, silky smooth Golden Flax and Herbal (unscented for classes) Mother Earth Pillows®, the therapist will learn how to apply slow, rhythmic, wave-like shearing & specifically directed compressions. Slow directional skin and MFR therapeutic stretches will affect every layer of connective tissues...down to the depth of the periosteum where the deepest pain may reside. This is done without 'poking' or vertical pressure which often causes a guarding response when addressing tender areas or chronic pain.
This modality is ideal for therapists who are looking for techniques to provide skillful therapy that can stand alone or be integrated with other modalities to offer to clients who live with conditions that include chronic pain, high levels of stress or who are in need of rehabilitation.
You will learn to teach your clients novel Self-Care techniques so therapy can be continued by the client after the session. Benefits and results achieved using Thermal Therapy will last far beyond the massage session. You will learn methods to help clients prolong and accelerate their healing, rehabilitation to decrease chronic pain and improve quality of life. As you learn the 'dance of Pillossage', you will find easier ways to offer deep therapy without strain. We are looking forward to seeing you in one of our classes!
Pillossage & Thermal Therapy is a groundbreaking modality that combines hands-on techniques with specifically designed thermal flax pillows. These innovative protocols deepen the therapeutic effect. These skills will help the therapist slowly and gently work through layers of soft tissue to reach deeper layers as needed.
The mission of Pillossage & Thermal Therapy training is to educate and excite body-workers to
successfully integrate the age-old property of heat with compression and stretching in new and creative ways.
Pillossage™ & Thermal Therapy education will revolutionize the way all healthcare professionals are able to approach pain management. Our vision is a world in which a thermal flax pillow becomes a body-worker's second favorite tool.
Pillossage & Thermal Therapy, are original modalities using Mother Earth Pillows
...massage & bodywork techniques using specific sequences
Developed by Karen Kowal, RN, LMT, NCBTMB NCBTMB CE Provider #451143-09
Creating new skills to address;
Autism - Behavioral Intervention
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Hand & Wrist Pain
Hip & Sciatic Pain
Mid-back and Shoulder Pain
Old Injuries with Scar Tissue
Reduced Range of Motion
Repetitive Stress Injuries
Scar Tissue Tightness
Pillossage™ & Thermal Therapy
What new skills will I learn?
How to effectively work through heat!
'Skin to Brain' Science
Science & Theory of Thermal Therapy
Deep Tissue - Painless approaches!
Focused Therapy to increase ROM
Self-Care Techniques for Therapist
Self-Care Techniques to teach clients
Become a Thermal Therapist or Instructor!
How will my Practice benefit?
Therapies for specific client populations
Increase client base
Offer Comfort clients will never forget
Education ... not marketing
Event marketing Table- & Chair Techniques'
Clothed Massage for Modesty Massage
Corporate, Sports & Vendor Events
Increased Revenue with Retail & Education