Center for Movement & Dynamic Change
Clinical Offices
Movement & Education Center
1801 Sarno Road #4
1751 Sarno Road #3
Melbourne, Florida 32935
Ph:  321-253-8088          Fax:  321-253-0212
In the context of this webpage and our practice, the term Clinical Massage Therapy implies the utilization of touch for specifically identified outcomes such as the elimination of pain or restoration of function following injury or trauma. Clinical Massage Therapy can be administered for rehabilitative, pre-habilitative or preventive purposes.  

Therapists at Connectivity have earned the trust of many local physicians and health care professionals, and enjoy working with the referrals to reach their goals, restore, and ultimately maintain maximum levels of health.

Clinical Massage Therapy may involve the use of any number of techniques and therapeutic styles, used alone or blended to suit the needs of the client.
Common therapies utilized include:
  • Connective Tissue Therapy
  • Neuromuscular Massage Therapy / Trigger Point Therapy
  • Myofascial Therapy
  • Neurovascular Integration / Craniosacral Therapy
  • Active-Isolated Stretching: the Mattes Method
Connective Tissue Therapy
Connective Tissue Therapy employs measured, deliberate strokes that permit a client to explore her inner space, evaluate the condition of her tissues, gain access to feelings, and fully experience sensations. One can easily recognize when the therapist is approaching a sensitive or stressed area, and then choose to resist (or not resist) the instinct to tighten and assume the classic sympathetic responses. She may be inclined, with the therapist’s guidance, to breathe into the area and play an active role in relaxing and rejuvenating the local tissues. If there are memories or emotions imbedded in these tissues, an opportunity exists to check into the feelings, even begin to process them if appropriate.

The major intention behind this work is to Facilitate Self Awareness. The main physiological effects are to produce thixothropic phase change, promote hydration via peizoelectronics, lower sympathetic tone and reduce neural output.
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Wherever awareness goes breath goes. This is an axiom of yoga. Of course this is not referring to breath as just the air in the respiratory system. It is referring to breath as the conscious organizing of sensation. So, such breath can move throughout the entire body. 
Richard Freeman
Cerebral Spinal Fluid ebbs and flows within the membranes that envelop, support and protect the central nervous system. The production of, and eventual re-absorption of CSF in the brain causes the fluid to circulate throughout the semi-closed hydraulic system in a steady, pulsating manner. Craniosacral Therapists palpate this subtle current, known as the Craniosacral Rhythm, gauging its relative strength, and searching for any restrictions that may interfere with the rhythm. The therapist uses gentle, noninvasive touch, rarely exceeding the weight of a nickel, to assess the system, and when imbalances are detected, to allow the body to self correct. .
Neurovascular Integration uses the gentle touch of Profound Neutral to assess the integrity of the nervous system and the fluids and structures that it illuminates. This gentle, respectful quality of touch encourages the flow of critical fluids through restricted areas, and helps the brain regulate internal and external experiences of the body. Restoring balanced flow to our sensory processing circuits results in a greater ability for self-correction, which is an important, inherent function in all of us. Reconnecting the autonomic nervous system in a more balanced way allows us to release inappropriate pain signals and remember joyful motion and function throughout the body.  
For More Information About CST & NVI Surf These Sites

Neurovascular Institute is home to Dr. Cathy Pliscof Holway’s explorations in neuroscience and healing.

Paul Pock’s site details his approach to craniosacral therapy

Resource center recognized worldwide for its comprehensive education programs.

Offers a complete, in-depth training in the heart of listening, a visionary approach to craniosacral work.  a complete, in-depth training in the heart of listening, a visionary approach to craniosacral work.

Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is about the healing value of stillness and slowness in the body.
Active-Isolated Stretching  
the Mattes Method
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), an innovative therapeutic treatment, has been incorporated into a fascial release technique termed the Mattes Method. Developed over the past forty plus years by Aaron L. Mattes, it is an effective program for postural restoration, performance enhancement, injury prevention and rehabilitation.

AIS is also being increasingly utilized as a sensory motor learning system as a tool to address degenerative neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and other degenerative syndromes. 


RECIPROCAL INHIBITION  ---  The key concept in Active Isolated Stretching is the premise that an optimal length can only be achieved in myofascial tissues that are in a relaxed state. This is in agreement with Sherrington’s Law of Reciprocal Innervation which states “When one set of muscles is stimulated, muscles working against the activity of the first will be inhibited.” In laymen terms: “When a muscle on one side of a joint is contracted, the muscle on the opposite side is sent a neurological signal to relax, release, and lengthen”. 

MYOTATIC STRETCH REFLEX  ---  A protective mechanism which protects muscles from over stretching and / or tearing and injury. (Generally attributed to muscle spindle and Golgi bodies located in muscle and tendon, respectfully) When the length or the velocity of a stretch is gauged in the spinal cord to be hazardous, a signal is sent to the antagonist muscle to contract, ending the stretch.

STRETCH DURATION  ---  Limited to no longer than two seconds in duration [1½ - 2 seconds is ideal]. This serves to prevent the myotatic stretch reflex from being initiated. It also insures that a fresh supply of blood is pumped into the area repeatedly. This optimizes the delivery of oxygen and nutrients and the removal of waste products, preventing muscle soreness, et al.

www.stretchingusa.com           Aaron Mattes official website

 pdf article              Benefits of Flexibility Program to Athletic Performance

pdf art      Discovering the Power of Active-Isolated Stretching by Ben Benjamin   
STRUCTURAL BODYWORK uses common sense strategies to support an upright, energy efficient posture, improve joint range of motion, and promote a sense of being more comfortable and at ease inside your skin. Structural Bodywork eliminates even the deepest tension patterns while establishing new spatial relationships throughout the body. It is derived and distilled from the work of Dr. Ida Rolf, who recognized the plasticity of the body’s soft tissue matrix and developed protocols to systematically lengthen, broaden and condition these tissues. She called this organizational process Structural Integration. 

Structural Bodywork’s non-symptomatic formula produces consistently remarkable outcomes because its premise is in harmony with the Universal Law of Cause and Effect as it applies to structure. Translated: “If form is enhanced; physiologic function will change in response to the modifications.” Should change be introduced to form and function, common sense dictates that thoughts, feelings, emotions, behavior, and core beliefs must also be affected relative to the change. ‘Integration’ refers to achieving an optimal balance among all these multi-dimensional relationships. 

Ambitious, motivated individuals interested in peak performance and operating in the proverbial ‘ZONE’ are frequently attracted to the awareness driven style of structural bodywork practiced at Connectivity.

Structural Bodywork…

Supports an Upright, 
Energy Efficient Posture

Eliminates Deepest 
Tension Patterns

Establish New Spatial Relationships

Integrates Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual

Fully Inhabit Your Body;
Become Comfortable and 
At Ease Inside Your Skin

Develop a New, More Positive Relationship with Your Body

The Structural Bodywork Experience Will Frequently Produce

  • High Energy Levels
  • Improved Biomechanics
  • Internal stillness and silence conducive to reflection and self discovery
  • The ability to expand within and fully inhabit your body
  • Full body breathing and wider range of motion
  • Less Stress, Pain & Tension
  • Enhanced Immune Response
  • A More Positive, Friendly Relationship with Your Body
  • Improved Performance
  • Increased Productivity
  • Integration of Physical, Mental, Emotional & Spiritual
  • MORE FUN and Appreciation for Living Life!

The Structural Approach to Soft Tissue Manipulation

Structural Bodywork, the direct method of myofascial mobilization in the tradition of Dr. Ida P. Rolf’s system of Structural Integration, is based on the Osteopathic Principle concerning the relationship between form and function. The premise states that should form [structure] be enhanced, physiologic function will change in response to the modifications. This is in agreement with the Universal Law of Cause and Effect. 
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Source for information and research on fascia

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Stress may arise from a variety of sources, and present in many forms, but the nervous system’s response is always the same – namely, increased muscle tension and vasoconstriction with liberal adrenal releases that keep the process going, often resulting in a vicious cycle of pain and dysfunction. 

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a precise, systematic approach to eliminate pain, normalize neural output, and restore healthy muscle tonus and resiliency. Effective in eliminating a wide range of problems either acute or chronic in nature, NMT’s assessment and palpation protocols are based on scientific laws and physiological principles. The application of specific manual techniques interrupts and reverses the stress-tension-pain cycle, allowing the involved tissues to normalize and heal.

Neuromuscular Therapy: Stages of Rehabilitation:

                              1. Eliminate Pain & Reduce Neurology
                              2. Recondition Tissues / Restore Malleability
                              3. Strengthen and Lengthen
                              4. Build Endurance
                              5. Address Bio-Mechanic Flaws


Trevor T. Nimmons, D.O. is board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Family Practice. His unique medical practice utilizes hands-on diagnosis and traditional Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). 

Osteopathic Physicians attend four-year post graduate osteopathic medical schools. On top of the traditional medical school curriculum, osteopaths study structural diagnosis and hands-on treatment. They are licensed to prescribe drugs, perform surgeries and may specialize in any field of medicine they choose.

At the core of Osteopathic Medicine is the belief in the body’s innate ability to heal itself. D.O.s respect the mind-body-heart-soul continuum; they consider the whole person, emphasizing health and lifestyle factors over symptoms and disease. Osteopaths study the relationship between form and function. They palpate to locate structural deviations, and then use various manual therapies to improve the anatomy, and consequently, function. As structure and function improves, the body flourishes, and symptoms disappear.

Osteopathic manipulations are gentle and non-invasive. Common techniques that Dr. Nimmons utilizes include cranial-osteopathy, myofascial release, strain-counter strain, muscle energy, and a few low-velocity thrust protocols. 


Physical Therapists provide a range of services designed to develop, maintain and/or restore optimum mobility and function in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by injury, aging, disease, nutritional or environmental factors. Physical Therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life, utilizing an individual’s history and physical examination to establish a treatment goals and plan.

Pediatric Physical Therapists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and management of infants, children and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, or acquired disorders/diseases. They often may focus on improving gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, strength and endurance as well as cognitive and sensory processing integration.

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