Parasetter®

WHAT IT IS:IMG_3920_EDITEDParasetter was developed by Marika Molnar PT LAc, for her work in Dance Medicine and the PhysicalMind Institute. Parasetter® is a roller system that supports the body in comfortable supine, kneeling prone and standing positions. What makes Parasetter® so groundbreaking is its dual convex—or curved—surfaces that create a cradling effect for the posterior rib cage, the cranium and the pelvis.

Parasetter® supports the ribs in between the shoulder blades, and most importantly, to allow the spinal column to rest inside its center channel. The spinous processes of the vertebral column (those bones in the center of your back) “float” in between the two curved surfaces, letting the small muscles of the vertebral segment relax and recover their resting length for better blood flow and oxygenation.

IMG_3922_EDITEDParasetter® comes with two invaluable accessories: the Head Support and Rib Wrap. The Head Support enables a traction-like effect— freeing up space between our 24 ribs resulting in more lengthen in the spine. The Rib Wrap contains the ribs to promote the cognitive breathing needed to help lower blood pressure and cortisol levels. 

WHY YOU NEED IT:

As we all know too well, the stresses of daily life have a compressive loading effect that leads to back pain, decreased height and shallow breathing. Obviously, this is compounded when bodies are overweight or obese. Any excessive physical force from over-zealous exercise or labor makes the situation even worse.

IMG_3913_EDITEDHOW IT WORKS:

How does Parasetter® fix this almost-unavoidable problem? Just 10 minutes of cognitive breathing into the back ribs while resting on the unique roller points is sufficient to optimize the movement of the diaphragm, improving the flexibility of the intercostal muscles, the spine and the deep fascia that is contiguous from head to toe. 

Shallow breathing is replaced by three-dimensional cognitive breathing which then activates all these organs and muscles so that they become active partners in stress relief.  By establishing a direct connection to the brain, the nervous system responds to moderate the adrenals and physiologically assist to lower blood pressure and cortisol levels. This recovery process deepens with us

The resultant oxygenation from breathing on Parasetter® also improves fascial mobility and increases intradiscal space and decreases tension that results from lying on a flat surface or on a conventional roller. The result? Back pain from compression is alleviated. Fascia mobility allows the bones to resettle to a better alignment and enable rehydration. In other words, you feel better, look better and slow the aging process.

And all you have to do is let go and breathe!

Joan on Parasetter
Parasetter® clip with Joan Breibart

MORE ON THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT…

The autonomic nervous system (ANS) helps us to adapt to the changing internal environment of our body. The two parts of this system are the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). Although they are supposed to balance one another, modern life gets in the way, causing excessive and ongoing stress. This is where cortisol comes into play. Even though cortisol is a necessary hormone—it gets us up in the morning to start our day—too much is NOT a good thing. When chronically elevated levels of cortisol remain in the system, we are susceptible to abdominal fat gain, low energy, sleep problems, cognitive decline, increased blood sugar and insulin levels, and compromised immune function.

Since the goal of the ANS is to restore homeostasis (a stable state of equilibrium in our internal physiological condition), it should reset this stress by synchronizing the dual innervation of the SNS and PNS to the visceral organs. The SNS mobilizes the body during extreme situations (fear, exercise, rage), while the PNS allows us to unwind as it performs maintenance activities and conserves body energy. For example, when our skeletal muscles work hard, they require more oxygen and glucose, so the SNS speeds up the heart rate and breathing to meet these needs; once the situation is over, the PNS should become more active to keep the body’s energy use low and direct the subconscious housekeeping activities such as digestion and elimination. Fine adjustments should be continuously made by the two divisions in this dynamic antagonism, but because of the stresses of life today, this is not happening the way it should.

Enter Parasetter®, which involves sensory and motor integration to rebalance the autonomic nervous system. And the best part is that breathing and doing a few gentle movements—such as lifting the arms overhead and moving the legs—is easy! And it’s enough to establish in our brains the concept of independent movements of the skeletal system and the fascia so that we feel and look our best. First we recover and then we restore.

We recommend using Parasetter® prior to bed—even on the bed itself—to make for a dreamy sleep experience. But no matter when you use it, you will experience almost instant stress relief with very little effort.

So enjoy… you deserve it.

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Parasetter is a registered trademark. Parasetter has two pending patents. Parasetter is 100% MADE in the USA.