Created and developed in 1947 by Françoise Mézières, the Mézières Method is a physiotherapy technique that endeavors to rebalance the different muscle and joint chains through stretching exercises and body awareness. The result is improved posture and alleviation of pain.
Laura Bertelè was a student of Mézières who later became a collaborator and started teaching the Mézières-Bertelè Method in Italy and abroad.
The Mézières-Bertelè Method
According to Françoise Mézières, an individual’s back muscles behave like a single muscular chain. Therefore, it is necessary to extend the back musculature. If the back muscles are not extended or become out of balance, they can become the source of many problems and injuries in the body.
Utilizing the Mézières-Bertelè Method, the treatment focuses on the mobility of back muscles and joints in a progressive way which balances breathing while stretching the muscles which helps enhance body awareness. During the treatment, a 4 hands massage is administered to help stretch the muscles.
Another important discovery of the Mézières-Bertelè Method is that muscles, even more than determining the movement of articulations, act as a break for them and so they have to be elasticized in order to move the articulation. Neurophysiologists teach us that muscles are quite similar to elastic bands and can be dynamic structures when used in stretching or contraction.
It is believed that the suffering of muscular fiber is caused by the physiological loss of contract-release sequence which interferes with normal blood circulation. The technique developed by Mézières-Bertelè consists of distending the dorsal to tonify the deep front muscles and reestablish the energetical equilibrium of the right. In order to connect the inadequate posture, we have to correct our rigid movements.
Who Benefits from the Mézières-Bertelè Method?
If you are looking to improve your posture, motorial capacity, your physical state or to just feel better generally, the Mézières-Bertelè Method can be of great benefit to you.
Do you suffer from acute muscular or articular problems such as tendinitis, distortion, fractures and dislocations, lower back pain, periarthritis (frozen shoulder) or hernia disc problems? Have you been diagnosed with arthritis or rheumatisms? If yes, the stretching technique of the Mézières-Bertelè Method could ease your discomfort and help to eradicate it for good.
The method’s techniques are also efficient for neurological diseases such as hemiplegia or spastic tetraplegia. The Mézières-Bertelè Method balances and relaxes the back ensuring a more flexible body and better posture while eliminating stress and pain.
During any treatment using the Mézières-Bertelè Method, attention is focused on postural massage techniques, neuromuscular, fascial and other maneuvers to promote the overall relaxation of the muscular system, contractures or painful points.
The Mézières-Bertelè Method at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center
Santosa is excited to announce that from the 30th of November until the 15th of December, we will be hosting two therapists of the Mézières-Bertelè Method here at our detox retreat. Both visiting from Italy, this is your chance to experience the 4 hands massage of the Mézières-Bertelè Method.
About the Therapists
Michele Kaisermann has been a Mézières-Bertelè therapist since 2012. He first experienced the method as a child and was moved by its owner and uniqueness. In 2010, Michele took part in an “Integrated Rehabilitation” course with well-known French therapist Jean-Paul Resseguier who was also a student of Francoise Mézières. In Milan in 2015, Michele started to study Western Traditional Fitoterapy. Currently based in Florence, Michele also works in Barcelona and Paris as well as intensive weeks abroad.
Orsola Viola is a clinical Pedagogist, and her interest lies in how posture promotes the general well-being of the human body. She attended the Antigymnastique formation in Milan, which is a technique inspired by the Mézières mechanical body’s laws, where little conscious movements are used to get a right and deeper body perception. This experience inspired Orsola to begin studying the Mézières-Bertelé Method. Orsola finds this method the best way to enhance the wholeness of the human body while letting people experience a different posture. She often works with children and is based in Foggia, but travels to Milano, Parigi, Panarea and abroad for her work.
Interested in Learning More?
If you would like to know more about the Mezieres-Bertele Method, simply fill in the enquiry form below and a member of staff will get back to you. Mark your calendars now as from the 30th of November until the 15th of December, we will welcome the above two therapists to Santosa to practice the Mezieres-Bertele Method.
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