Up the Spine with the Align , Gregg Emmel, Culver City, California
I’m Gregg Emmel, the creator of Knotz Massage Tools. The current product line consists of three sculptural self massage tools that help you heal yourself and are available in Wood, Granite, and Resin.
1. The Align Self Massage Tool, the genesis of the Knotz product line, goes up the spine.
2. The Turtle Self Massage Tool is a single point pressure.
3. The Muscle Self Massage Tool, is like a wedge and great for working on other people.
Self-massage and self-healing is a choice and intuitive process. These self massage tools should be used carefully and at the consumer’s own risk. If in doubt about any pain, soreness, inflammation, lumps, bumps, bruises, osteoporosis, arthritis, sciatica, herniated discs, pinched nerves, or any other condition, consult your doctor or health practitioner.
Allow me explain about the Align Tool, along with my thoughts and inspirations of what it is and how the Align self neck massage tool came to be.
Here is how I have used the Align tool to clear my spine and realign my vertebra by myself. I have four herniated discs, two in the lower Lumbar Vertebrae at L3 and L4, and two in the upper Cervical Vertebrae at C3 and C4. Like many people, I simply lived with that pain for years -- doing physical therapy and relying on massage therapists to heal my body and feel better. The other option was surgery and fusing the vertebrae, which was not an option in my mind.
I needed something to heal myself in those moments when I couldn’t have anyone else heal me. Using knots of wood and organic wood shapes to lie on, I started working on my body, by myself and conceived of the Align self neck massage tool with two protrusions that would go up my spine clearing the path of pain. Align went from my mind to my hands, shaped in wood and used immediately on my back.
The Align self neck massage tool has two bumps on top, a curved bottom in one direction, giving the Align tool the ability to rock, and move perpendicular to that rocking direction, which makes the Align tool travel along that path in multiple configurations. As in "configurations," I mean the different ways the Align tool either moves and/or stays in place while in direct correlation to the User’s body moving and/or staying in place.
The Align tool and the User’s body move together over the floor or surface. This back and forth ability of the Align tool to move, not move, and move with the body is achieved by the Align tool’s two protruded bumps acting as the fulcrum point. When the angle of attack or force of the User’s body- at the point of contact- comes from off-center and at varying angles to that fulcrum point and in conjunction with the curved bottom, it propels the Align tool along the Spinal column.
Get a feel of the Align tool:
Some times I put the Align self massage tool on a paperback or yoga block and just lie there with the Align tool fully supporting my skull for a couple of minutes. In a final move that elongates the spine and aligns the vertebra, support the back of the neck with interlocking fingers and gently stretch into your body pointing toes up and out and head toward the chest. You may literally hear vertebrae realign themselves during this stretching exercise while feeling tension leave the body.
Take a moment to relax, feel your body parts, let go of the pain. Find your spots and rest when you want. It is your practice. Using the Align tool to go up your spine is a push and slide technique and a process of adjustment and repositioning if necessary. When you hit a spot, easy up or stay with it, go deeper if you want.
Remember to breathe, and be aware of your body, visualizing the vertebra getting cleared away and releasing tension. Aligning my back is second nature to me and it is something I do all the time when needed. It may take several attempts with stretching and meditation to have my body realign its self. When Knotz releases the tension, I feel great.
Another practice is to simply lie on the Align self massage tool in different places of your body adjusting manually by lifting up your body and moving the Align tool with your hands and gently lowering on the Align tool to feel your body.
I had a women rip her shoes off and step on the Align Tool massaging her heel and the sole of her foot at the same time, working reflexology right there at the dinner party. There is no one-way to heal, so explore and release the pain. Soon you’ll be noticing other areas of your body that need attention, so use any Knotz Self Massage Tool to massage your body or just lay on it.
Self massage techniques are smooth strokes, establishing a contact between the energy with-in the body and the energy congestions of the pain, with Knotz Massage Tools that connection can push the pain down, up, over and out of the body.
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