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@ The Toluca Lake Tennis & Fitness Club

6711 Forest Lawn Dr. Ste 104

Burbank, CA 90068

Email: mballentine.pt@gmail.com

Tel: 323-851-7876  Fax: 323-851-7870

    Hours:

    Mon - Weds, Fri: 8 am - 6pm 

    ​​Saturday: 8am - 1pm ​

    Sunday: Closed

     SERVICES

    I specialize in musculoskeletal pain, orthopedic, and sports injuries. The Movement Solutions assessment and treatment model is heavily influenced by: 

    The Prague School of Rehabilitation & Manual Medicine

    The Institute of Physical Art

    Osteopathic Technique

    Movement Links

    The Feldenkrais Method

    Evolving Science

    Exercise training, movement re-education, manual therapy, injury prevention, and performance enhancement methods include:

     

    Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)

    Awareness Training  

    Functional Manual Therapy 

    Myofascial Release

    Breath Therapy

    Dermoneuromodulation

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    PHYSICAL THERAPY

     This process begins with a detailed history of the problems you are facing. This is followed by a preliminary and ongoing thorough examination and movement assessment. Examination is designed to reveal the 'weak links,' primary physical, and lifestyle contributors to any difficulties you are facing.   The treatment plan is then created, customized to your goals, and implemented over the course of your return visits. We will implement multiple strategies to get you where you want to be.  This includes: hands-on body awareness, breathing pattern, stabilization system, and movement mechanics retraining in addition to education, activity  modification, and manual therapy technique. 

     

    WELLNESS/PERFORMANCE

    These sessions are based on each individuals specific wellness or performance goals.  All movement training is based on DNS principles of correct alignment, breathing, and stabilization requirements. Frequently, individuals return for a periodic 'tune up' or to check in on problem areas.  This strategy is  advised by many top movement coaches and health professionals.  As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Regular upkeep can help eliminate exacerbation patterns and keep an eye on 'weak links' in cases marked by chronicity. Maintaining movement and stabilization system efficiency is an injury prevention tool in recreational and professional movement pursuits alike. Others simply wish to engage in supervised training to further develop their neuromuscular movement fluency, vocabulary, and skills. Just as our vehicles require regular care and maintenance, every individual can benefit from maintaining movement system health and efficiency.  This kind of foresight helps reach further and deeper into your wellness and active potential. 

     

    MYOFASCIAL BODYWORK 

    Myofascial Release is a style of manual therapy that uses slow, still, prolonged stretching through clothing or directly on skin to facilitate change in the body's tissue system.   This work, and all manual therapy generally, engages the skin, muscular, nervous, capsular and other tissues as they weave continuously throughout the body span. MFR gently and effectively reduces tightness, and pain while freeing movement, improving fluid flow, and enhancing function. This slow and prolonged style of tissue engagement facilitates local and global relaxation, and diaphragmatic breathing.  Autonomic processes are thereby enhanced, including healing response. Bodywork such as this is helpful in dissolving muscular tensions on a deep level. Directed awareness and focused breathing are incorporated to better localize areas of restriction.  During a session MFR is combined with other tissue and joint techniques including soft tissue/joint mobilization, and rhythmic oscillatory technique ('harmonics') to more deeply impact the entire system.

     
     

    MOVEMENT SKILL TRAINING

    MOVEMENT SKILL TRAINING

    I strongly believe in the transformative potential of a movement practice. Skill acquisition requires consistent practice over time. The busy and often distracting modern lifestyle presents a barrier to such pursuits for many people. This is unfortunate.  I offer private and small group instruction in any of the skills I have spent countless hours developing. The DNS developmental principles that govern balanced alignment and muscular activity are the foundation of all breath supported movement that I teach. More examples of my approach to treatment and movement will be posted soon. Please email me for additional information.

    DNS Exercise, Movement Flow 

    Klapp Crawling

    The Art of Indian Club Swinging

    Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Long Form

    Nei Kung 

    Eternal Spring Chi Kung

    BREATH THERAPY 

    Breath therapy begins with a movement assessment of the torso, dominant breathing pattern, diaphragm strength and control. Full, easy, efficient, and 360 degree diaphragmatic breathing coordination must first be restored. Once this is accomplished the breath can be used as a powerful therapeutic tool.  Common goals include enhanced postural support, weight loss, sport and performance, mindfulness practices, stress resilience, recovery, healing, pain management, general health, energy levels, and work productivity. Breathing is unique in that it bridges the automatic and conscious, as well as the mental and physical parts of our being. The breath is a potent force for managing the intensity of our experiences as well as optimizing energy, attention, strength, and power. The breathing muscles are the primary trunk stabilizers. Efficient breathing nourishes your body with exponentially more oxygen cell fuel so it can function optimally, supporting all the body's systems. Proper breathing and a conscious breathing skillset is critical to support all of the mental and physical demands that life throws our way.  Breath Training helps us remain balanced while deeply improving physical health and wellness.