The Blueprint Method

What is the method?

Blueprint The Blueprint method is an approach to health based on movement and function in the body. Think Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man – a symbol of the essential symmetry of the body.It takes into account sound osteopathic principles of the body’s self-regulatory and self-healing mechanisms to restore the full potential of health

Unlike the fire-fighting than can often happen when someone is in pain, this approach is more proactive and takes a focused view at where someone can get to with their health.

The Blueprint Method explores key areas of health:

  • Story: injuries, emotions, habits 
  • Lifestyle: movement, nutrition, sleep, stress, gut- function 
  • Body: posture, weight-bearing, breath, special senses 
  • Structure: musculo-skeletal system, nervous system.  

When an embryo develops it follows a sequential pattern, leading to wholeness and form. With the daily tasks of living we lose that sense of wholeness, and injuries have their legacies in our bodies.

The Blueprint Method acknowledges that sense of wholeness and addresses areas that have deviated from that state.

Why its special?

The Blueprint Method is bespoke to the needs of each individual whilst following a structured approach to ensure that their health is addressed from all angles. Many people only visit their practitioner when they are in pain or unwell. 

The Blueprint Method recognizes the trials of issues such as prolonged stress, sedentary lifestyles and challenging sport on the body. By having a full picture of the individual, a tailored treatment can be prescribed to restore health and support health to continue.

The process

The Blueprint Method starts with the client's story - highlighting the current state of health, exploring past injuries and issues and looking forward to their goals for their well-being in a broader context. 

A detailed examination then takes place assessing posture, movement patterns in the body and motion testing of the spine and peripheral joints. Using skilled touch called palpation, strain patterns in the body can be felt. 

Treatment is a head to toe and inside-to-out approach integrating the parts of the body towards cohesive movement and using osteopathic techniques such as soft tissue skills, adjustments and indirect techniques which have the effect of ‘unwinding’ the tissues of the body. 

A treatment plan might incorporate 5-10 sessions, each time maximizing function throughout the body and reassessing to fine-tune.

What conditions it helps with

The approach is easily applied to a number of states where optimal health is required such as dealing with elite sports, pregnancy and boosting energy levels to curb the common issues related to 'busy-ness' in modern life. It can also be used for chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia.

Our philosophy

Through our osteopathic experience we were noticing the benefits of treatment, but clients might sometimes wane from treatment plans or be stuck in a cycle of returning only when they had pain rather. Osteopaths are primary care practitioners, but rather than this meaning that they are the first port of call for injuries, they can actually work at a much deeper level. We wanted to work with clients who have a motivation for excellent health.

The importance of Cellular memory

The brain is often considered to be the conductor of the body, co-ordinating and responding to stimuli with appropriate responses. However studies are now showing that the body tissues have consciousness of past trauma. Cellular memory is where the body tissues store past events, which can be evoked when similar chemical, emotional or movement states are present. 

One fascinating example of this phenomena has been seen with organ transplants, where the receiver has taken on behaviours that were specific to the organ donor. 

In a less dramatic but still fascinating way, cellular memory can be apparent when a person shows exalted responses to a strain due to past injury, For example if you had a lifting injury in the past putting the body in a similar position might cause a protective response to injury. 

Current scientific thinking is exploring the role of the fascia, or connective tissue. It can be the source of dysfunction in the body for chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia. Once thought of as just a connective tissue, fascia is now believed to play a vital role in communication, force transmission and tissue memory. The fascia has a role in the articular, neural and myofascial systems.

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