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Pillosage is the therapeutic use of massage through heated flax pillow. The concepts of treating pain by using alone or with your current techniques is a compassionate approach clients who live with persistent pain, emotional distress or may prefer to remain dressed during their session.
Pillossage & Thermal Therapy combine varied distinctive hands-on skillful applications through heated specifically designed flax pillows. The innovative protocols expand the client experience, relieving pain while combining very light to deeper intensity, stretching, movement and at times, client participation. Participants learn how to use heat and new skills to slowly and gently to decrease pain and tension, thus improving movement and ROM for common conditions.
This introduction of DNM improves our understanding of the cutaneous and peripheral nervous system and how it is directly affected using current science of how and why heat works. This is the missing link of understanding the impact of heat I had searched for. (HOT DNM) *
Lecture and class experiences will help gain an enriched understanding of science supporting effective use of heat. Understanding of concepts of Pain Science will help students recognize how Pillossage can influence the nervous system while indirectly affecting psycho-social responses to physical & emotional pain. Students will learn how to avoid nociception to help decrease anxiety of discomfort.
Classes focus on the importance of beneficial communications & client collaboration to support shifting approaches for improved solutions. The impact of combining knowledge of anatomy while considering the cutaneous nervous system and the effect of heat expands the scope for potential applications. These will be discussed in addition to medical application and research available and what research continues to be needed in our field. The potential is unlimited!
The mission of Pillossage training is to educate and excite those using thermal therapy to successfully integrate the age-old action of heat, structured compression and stretching in new and creative methods.Techniques will be experienced during ample trading sessions.
* “DNM / DermoNeuroModulating, is a structured, interactive approach to manual therapy that considers the nervous system of the patient from skin cell to sense of self. Techniques are slow, light, kind, intelligent, responsive and effective.” Diane Jacobs, PT
Thermal therapy can be added to every skill level to access peripheral and cutaneous nerves to gently offer relief' without creating more pain or guarding. This achieves increased relaxation and a higher sense of trust and comfort during the therapy session and yet can offer a deep sensation.
Pillossage was originally developed using Mother Earth Pillows blended with massage concepts. Pillossage is a 'created term' to describe the therapy.
Developed by Karen Kowal, RN, LMT, NCBTMB NCBTMB CE Provider #451143-09 since 2009
Karen (Lear) had a background of 30 years in nursing, a mother of 5 and experience with chronic pain after a cluster of car accidents. In 1994, becoming a Massage Therapist led to developing Mother Earth Pillows and concepts of using heated or chilled for therapy.
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