Bodywork Maintenance for Runners

Hip Joint Capsule Mobilization

Painlessly Mobilizing the Hip Joint Capsule

More runners are hitting the road again as the ice melts, and some of them will probably become my clients, presenting with several common running injuries and painful conditions; low back, neck, hip, groin, shin splints, runner’s knee (patellofemoral syndrome), feet (plantar fasciitis),  IT band syndrome, ankle sprain, Achilles tendinosis, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calf strains.

I commiserate with them because during my marathon running days, I trained for hours, endured low back pain,  tried to run through it for a couple years, until with reluctance, I finally hung up my running shoes, and got addicted to long distance biking, but that’s another story.

Most injuries occur when we over train, push beyond our limits, increase mileage too quickly, or trip over something we can’t see on a run in the dark.

 All of these disorders are effectively treated with clinical massage therapy–a  structural approach to pain management that allows you to eliminate the underlying cause of each clinical condition, including therapeutic assessment, movement of soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and joint capsules) to prevent, reduce, or eliminate chronic pain or injuries throughout the body.

 A multidisciplinary and multi-modality approach is utilized to restore structural balance in the body, which allows focus on the prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions, trauma, sports injuries, and chronic pain.

 Structural integration helps the body return to structural and functional postural alignment by removing tensions and restrictions in areas that have been held tight and by further balancing myofascial relationships throughout the entire body. 

Clinical Massage Therapy–A Structural Approach to Pain Management, James Waslaski


Ken’s Therapeutic Bodyworks at Vault Fitness Center, Eden Prairie

A Year Since the Move

Vault Fitness in Eden Prairie MNIt’s been just about a year since I moved my business into the new Vault Fitness Center. It was my best move yet—everything was new and clean, closer to home, and easy for my clients to find. I was surrounded with some of the best trainers; along with their influence, the convenience of being located in a gym means that there are no excuses for me not to work out every day. I’m grateful for being in a clean, convenient, and safe environment for my regular clientele, where I also regularly get the opportunity to aid the trainers in keeping their clients pain-free and able to continue their training.

Angie Thompson Fitness TrainerI met Angie Thompson about two years ago; she was then running her busy personal training business out of our old location, but has since moved to open Vault Fitness Center. It was obvious to me that she was an industrious trainer, passionate about helping her clients to unlock their potential and reach their goals. So when I heard that she was working towards opening her own fitness center, I moved with her and became her first tenant.

Angie earned her degree in Fitness and Nutrition and has been working in the field since 2006. She has successfully owned and operated her personal training business for most of the 8 years she’s been working as a trainer—working with clients one-on-one, in several different settings for larger groups, and as an advisor for people looking to compete in figure and physique competitions.

She has competed in the Women’s World Tri-fitness Competition, as a National level figure competitor for 4 years, and is currently a National level physique competitor.

Angie is passionate about helping others to reach their health and fitness goals while also building a company that encompasses all aspects of the health and fitness world under one roof.

Vault Fitness is a brand new, fully equipped facility that allows you to unlock your potential by offering 24/7 access, state of the art strength machines, free weights, plate loaded machines, dumbbells, fitness classes, personal training, and free tanning with membership. Vault is home to experienced fitness instructors and body work therapists (whom I consider to be some of the best in the business) to assist you in reaching your fitness goals and to answer any questions you may have.

While Vault Fitness Center is still relatively young, I can see it growing to be one of the best gyms around. Not only because of its convenience and state-of-the-art equipment, but also because of its’ passionate owner, Angie Thompson, and the impressive staff she has chosen to surround herself with. I am proud to have made this move with Angie to Vault and am anxious to be a part of the growth this small business is sure to see.


Painless Treatment for Frozen Shoulder


It is absolutely possible to resolve frozen shoulder and adhesive capsulitis painlessly with precise pain free joint capsule orthopedic massage techniques.

A client with frozen shoulder presents with limited range of motion, is usually only able to raise their arm up to their side to 90 degrees (horizontal with the floor), and after successful treatment are able to raise it above their head to 180 degrees (full range of motion).

Before I learned James Waslaski’s unique and painless technique for releasing frozen shoulder, I was having mixed results with my

Heating up the fascia in the joint capsule to facilitate the release.

Performing a gentle, pain free, plunging technique using the head of the humerus as a massage tool.

clients, and it was also difficult for me and for the client because the treatment was so painful and the results were so limited.

Since training with James, I have treated many frozen shoulders successfully. The crux of the frozen shoulder protocol consists of softening and mobilizing the fascia in the joint capsule, which acts as “superglue” and adheres the humerus (upper arm bone into the scapula (socket).

Pain-free movements, using the head of humerus to create pressure, movement, and slow velocity stretch to the deepest investing fascia inside the joint capsule, facilitates myofascial release within the shoulder joint.



What’s Percussion Therapy and How Can It Help Me?

Percussion treatment is a safe and effective procedure used for a variety of soft tissue dysfunctions.

The Percussor, delivers waves of percussion impulses deep into myofascial tissue.


Percussion treatment is a safe and effective procedure used for a variety of soft tissue dysfunctions, and for retaining muscle balance by releasing the tension or restriction of dysfunctional fascia—the tough connective tissue that covers all of our muscles and every part of our body from head to toe.

The Percussor, a mechanical device that delivers waves of percussion impulses deep into the myofascial tissues of the body, promotes increased blood and lymphatic flow, decreases muscle spasm, relieves muscle pain, and successfully treats post exertion muscle fatigue.

Tension in the fascia can be caused by physical and emotional trauma, repetitive use, overuse, under use, or bad posture. Psychological and emotional traumas are often stored in the fascia, and these restrictions inhibit the normal flow of blood, lymph, and cerebral spinal fluid.

Percussion’s pressure and tension on the muscular system engages neuromyofascial release, influences the autonomic nervous system, affecting not only the cardio- respiratory, endocrine, skeletal, and nervous systems, but ultimately all systems of the body. Neuromechanically, these effects are significant to help decrease the overall consequences of physical and emotional stress.

Myofascial Percussion Therapy Applications include: post exertion muscle fatigue, myalgia (muscle pain), musculoskeletal pain and dysfunctions, myofascial restrictions and adhesions, muscle spasms, restricted range of motion, muscle imbalance, adhesions & scar tissue,  neuromuscular inefficiency, and myofascial trigger points.

Special Offer:  The first five to call or text receives a complimentary introductory percussion treatment session tailored to your specific needs.

Ken’s Therapeutic Bodyworks  –  952-807-2948



So, what’s Zero Balancing and what can it do for me?

Applying a suboccipital sweep to enhance rotation of C1/C2.

Applying a suboccipital sweep to enhance rotation of C1/C2.

Developed by Fritz Smith, MD in the early 1970s, Zero Balancing (ZB) is a powerful body-mind therapy that engages both energy and body structure simultaneously, and uses skilled touch to address the relationship between energy and structures of the body.

During a ZB session which typically lasts 30-45 minutes, the practitioner uses finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints, and soft tissue to create points of balance around which the body can relax and reorganize.

ZB can help relieve body aches and pains, release restrictions in movement, and provide lasting relief from emotional distress to improve overall quality of life. ZB can also be helpful with specific goals such as reduced pain and discomfort, improved concentration, improved sleep, stress relief, elimination of old behavior patterns, heightened feelings of connection, peace and happiness, released  physical, mental, and emotional tension, boosts well-being, and enhances overall feelings of wellness by clearing energy blocks in your system.

Ken Youngberg
Therapeutic Bodyworks