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Zap Zing - What’s with that name? (part 1)

Zap means “destroy”, zing means “energize”.

 Our technique at Zap Zing allows our practitioners to do both: destroy the negative qualities and energize the positive qualities.

·        We destroy (zap) muscle adhesions and energize (zing) muscle pliability. We provide education to our clients on how to work on themselves, so that they can do more work, and the cycle starts over.

·        We get your body out of fight-or-flight caused by daily stressors so that your nervous system can relax and your immune system can work more efficiently, allowing you to do more, which in turn causes stress, and then the cycle continues.

·        We strengthen your weak muscles and work on your over-developed muscles, allowing our clients to achieve gains in posture, performance, and overall health. Gains in performance and health motivates people to work harder/longer/more intensely, which can lead to new stresses, adhesions, and injuries. So, one must recover as hard as they work. The cycle goes on.

Our name is a cheeky play on yin yang. Yin Yang (briefly) is a philosophy where a duality forms a whole. It is not two opposites that create one, but rather, without one the other cannot happen. Yin flows into yang, which flows into yin, and on and on. As one decreases, the other increases.  While not exactly good or bad, Yin is typically the ‘shady’, ‘dark’, ‘night’ while yang is typically ‘sunny’, ‘light’, ‘day’.

In this respect we practice on the belief that to be healthy you must find balance, and our job is to help find that balance. A super fit athlete who does not get adequate rest or recovery can end up with debilitating injuries or illnesses just as easily as a person who never exercises and has a poor diet… a 'work-aholic' can manifest similar emotional/physical/or mental issues as a person who takes work too lightly. Both of these types of people are at the far ends of one spectrum; they do not allow complementary forces into their life. They do not have balance.

Balance, however, does not necessarily mean you have to end up and stay right in the middle. As opposed to trying to balance on a teeter totter, balance is a more circular, spiraling, flowing nature.

Take for example: an amateur fighter who practices regularly out of enjoyment. For three months this fighter may employ strict 2-a-day workouts along with a restricted diet, and constant mental focus in order to get ready for a fight. After the event, the fighter may cut back on their practice, eat junk food, and purposely focus on other hobbies for a short time, before eventually getting back into their everyday routine. This is a cyclical process, but the fighter has balance. There is enough ‘hard’ time to allow the fighter to compete and take a shot at their goals, and yet enough ‘soft’ time to recover, refresh, and appreciate the hard work they’ve previously put in.

We apply this philosophy of balance to our bodies. Joints must have extension in order to have flexion, muscles must have retraction in order to have contraction, tissues and fascia must have flexibility in order to have strength, nervous systems must be able to sense peace in order to react to danger.

Our focus is always on your goals and needs, personalizing each session, so that you can achieve your balance and wholeness.

 To be continued…..

 Stayed tuned for the next episode, or part 2: “Replenish Your Powers”.

 

What is the Zap Zing science all about? 

The human body is an amazing thing: it has the ability to heal itself, cope with a variety of stresses and traumas, and adapts to the demands placed on it. However, the body does not always cope and adapt in the preferred way. The demands of repetitive jobs and hobbies, and our modern lifestyle due to advances in technology means that our bodies are adapting and healing in ways that leave us with chronic pain or illnesses.

For example, sitting at a desk for eight hours a day, with forward hunching shoulders and repetitive finger movement can cause a multitude of issues ranging from numbness in your fingers, headaches, and low back pain to less obvious issues such as depression and anxiety. These ailments are caused by poor posture, inflammation, muscle adhesions and knots, and the pairing of over/underworked muscles. How about those of us who don’t have desk jobs – we are okay, right? Not quite. People who walk or stand all day may experience foot, ankle, or knee issues, low back pain, and a multitude of other issues, based on simple factors such as overtightened and overworked muscles, posting on one leg, or maintaining an improper posture.

Unfortunately, most people do not spend time maintaining their bodies like they should. Sure, we go to the gym or exercise, try to eat right, stretch occasionally, all in the name of trying to keep a healthy lifestyle. However, without a solid foundation, such as proper posture, or adequate muscle recovery techniques, such as bodywork (whether by yourself or with a professional), bodies will ultimately break down resulting in pain or chronic illness.

Here is the good news – with a basic foundation in movement and bodywork, you can heal from and prevent many of these issues.

At Zap Zing Bodyworx, our goal is to help people get out of pain and back on their feet (sometimes literally!) through smart and effective bodywork, education, and take home work. We believe that everybody is capable of living to the fullest and achieving goals beyond their limits, but oftentimes they need help reducing and preventing pain and illness in order to discover their full potential.

Christine Angelica, founder of Zap Zing Bodyworx, has developed AIM therapy; through AIM, she has effectively treated thousands of clients, ranging from pro MMA fighters to great-grandmothers, alleviating a multitude of issues. AIM stands for angles, integration, and muscle work, and as it implies, it includes a variety of modalities and techniques used, making this method the most effective and efficient form of bodywork you can receive.

How about you?

  • Have you ever awoken to numbness or tingling in your hands? Or is numbness constantly present?
  • Do you suffer from chronic pain (low back pain/sciatica/shoulder/joint, etc)?
  • Do you have depression, anxiety, or trouble dealing with stress?
  • Are migraines or constant/recurring headaches a problem?
  • Do you experience muscle weakness or decreased levels of performance/functionality?
  • Have you suffered from an injury or accident?

If any of these sound like you, or if you have a unique situation, give us a call! We would love to discuss with you the ways we can help.