EXCELSIOR BODYWORK
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About Excelsior Bodywork, Lancaster PA

Excelsior Bodywork specializes in Structural Integration.

Structural Integration is deep-tissue bodywork that addresses restrictions and misalignments in muscle and connective tissue. Treatment sessions lasting 60-75 minutes take place on a therapy table and bench.  The work seeks to alleviate chronic pain, correct poor posture, restore full range of motion and increase motor function.  Full participation of the client is required.  Structural integration is not a passive therapy.

Structural Integration is a manual therapy that addresses the pain or tension from a different perspective than massage therapy or chiropractic work.

Bringing excellent service to Lancaster, PA.

 

About Excelsior Bodywork

Excelsior Bodywork specializes in Structural Integration.

Structural Integration is deep-tissue bodywork that addresses restrictions and misalignments in muscle and connective tissue. Treatment sessions last 60-75 minutes and take place on a therapy table and bench.  The work seeks to alleviate chronic pain, correct poor posture, restore full range of motion, and increase motor function.  Full participation of the client is required.  Structural integration is not a passive therapy.

About Chris Potter

A few years ago I struggled with severe neuropathy in my feet and legs.  I was completely numb from the ankle down and my calves often cramped so tightly I couldn't walk.  None of the doctors I consulted had any relief or even any answers for me.  My condition was a result of months of chemotherapy.  I was thankfully alive, but the quality of my life was severely compromised.  Somewhat out of desperation, I made an appointment with a structural integrator.  By the end of the session I felt my toes for the first time in years.  I cried real tears of joy.  Before I got home I had decided to pursue this knowledge, to learn the techniques and study the body in hopes of being able to help others in the way I had been helped. I can't promise you an experience as transformative as mine, but I'm nearly certain that together we can can find you some relief and begin the process of unwinding inhibiting patterns, finding more space and balance in your body.


TESTIMONIALS

Core to extremity: A concept that I have thought about a lot lately, and seems to be the theme for my year. Digging into my core values personally, and how that plays out in our bodies has been quite a journey. For the past 6 months, I’ve been working closely with Chris Potter (Excelsior Bodywork) to rehab an overuse injury in my ankle. Analyzing my fascial structure and how life, training, injuries, gravity and stress has played a roll in creating compensations in my movement patterns. We focused a lot on my feet the first few weeks. I have wide feet and bunions. Years of dance, figure skates and shoving them in narrow shoes didn’t help. I’ve been wearing correct toes a couple hours a day to regain mobility and strength in my feet. It’s amazing the difference in 6 months in my toe spread! Looking “upstream” at my hips, trying to get full range of motion which would lead to a stronger, more powerful hip. I’ve spent a lot of time in the water this year. Chris worked on locked down tissue in my core through shoulders, so that my reach with each stroke was as mobile and efficient as possible. Each week as I applied the body work to my training, taught me something I’ll never forget. What lies at the core and foundation is everything. Its what propels you forward or holds you back, because it extends into every extremity of your life. Beyond grateful for Chris working hard to help “slay my tissue dragons.” With every stride I take, I’m so much more aware of everything working together. I don’t want to relive this year but I wouldn’t change it for anything. There’s a whole lot of gratitude going on lately. #patient #relentless #gratitude #corevalues #coretoextremity #correcttoes #beautyfromashes #bodywork #fascialrelease #slayyourdragons
— L. M.
Like a mantra, he often shares with athletes and clients alike; I have learned that both Chris and his method in structural integration are patient and relentless. When I began working with him over a year ago, I was timid at best. I knew the work to change my patterns and terribly unhealthy tissue would require tremendous work for practitioner and client. The 3 Series was the beginning of my journey, where I saw progress and reflecting now that I’m in the midst of my 12 Series, I know I fought the change in the beginning. Change is hard. Being open to it, as Chris often encourages, is important especially in this work.

Since I’ve worked through the 12 Series, I’ve released old patterns of holding my body, and allowed the changes to occur to me instead of resisting them. Beyond the marked changes I experience during the sessions, the visible differences I’ve noticed are as simple but crucial as my standing posture. Working on my feet the majority of my work week has enforced adaptations that do not support healthy tissue or structure. Chris has been paramount to changing that for me. Furthermore, I’ve learned to have a greater sense of awareness in how I carry my body in training, my migraines have lessened, I stand taller and through his cues I’ve simply learned how to move better in my life. Knowing that I can revisit these sessions over the years to maintain healthy tissue gives me great ease and confidence that this is the beginning of a new way to just be. Getting started is always the first and hardest step; wish I did it sooner, but grateful I did.
— S.L.