Handgrips are custom-cast, silicone rubber shapes held in the fist to solidify, support and reinforce the hand's structural integrity.
Wriststraps are wide strips of soft, modern polymer webbing used to stabilize and strengthen manual contact by supporting the back of the hands, wrists and forearms.
These tools have the following advantages:
The Integrator's Tool Set gives a stronger, steadier, solidly reinforced, and secure grip. Beginning students can use it to reinforce, protect and strengthen their hands, wrists, and forearms. Experienced practitioners will benefit from reduced working tensions and be able to use new combinations of holds, leverages and apply dramatically improved traction.
Handgrips and Wriststraps were invented by Richard Wheeler, a senior member of the Rolf Institute and Guild for Structural Integration. Richard has been practicing since 1971 and designing functional aids and supports for manual therapy practitioners since 1982. He has found that the advantages of his tool designs give them broad potential for creative application to many manipulation and treament strategies ranging from the lightest touch to the most powerful grip and secure contact. Workshop participants receive an individually cast, correctly aligned set of
Handgrips, a Wriststrap and an introduction to the principles
of using new holds, grips and leverages in their practice.
In-Touch Manual Therapy Workshops, Claremont, CA
"New Tools for Resolving Neck, Back and Shoulder Problems"
May 18th - 21st, 2000. Call toll-free 877-77TOUCH
Richard is available to make The Integrator's Tool Set for groups or individuals as part of his practice in Los Angeles. Please inquire about creating other possible tool-making and workshop opportunities.
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