WHAT IT IS: Parasetter 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.

Parasetter® 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.

HOW 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!

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These Parasetter® videos explain why this new work is so  beneficial. In the Recovery Sequence,  see how easily you reset your Parasympathetic Nervous System. Joan Breibart and Marika Molnar PT, LAc  discuss the cortisol connection and other benefits.

Parasetter® Recovery Tips

  • Head Support is positioned for comfort.
  • Close eyes or place a cloth over them.
  • Use Parasetter® on the floor or a firm mattress.
  • With Parasetter® on floor, legs can rest on a chair.
  • Limb movements are optional.
  • Other limb sequences can be used.
  • Ten minutes of breathing is optimal.
  • Rib Wrap should be snug.

While focused breathing is necessary for resetting the Parasympathetic Nervous System, it’s actually the exhalation that is key. It’s essential to exhale for a few counts longer than your inhale because the vagus nerve – which runs from the neck down through the diaphragm – sends a signal to your brain to activate the PNS and reduce the activity of the Sympathetic Nervous System. As we already know, the SNS is responsible for cortisol and the fight-or-flight response; by performing this focused breathing with a longer exhale, the body is able to return to a calmer state much more efficiently and effectively.

Parasetter is a registered trademark and has two pending patents. It was invented in New York and is manufactured in California, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Parasetter is 100% MADE in the USA.