History of DCT™
Harmonix Health and the Story of Dynamic Contraction Technique™
Harmonix Health LLC was founded in January of 2012, and was formed in order to facilitate teaching and certifications of the method called Dynamic Contraction Technique™ (DCT). The story behind DCT™ began way back in July of 2001. DCT™ creator Nic Bartolotta was a college athlete facing a career ending knee injury. Confronted with the not so uncommon ultimatum, “deal with the pain or pick a different sport,” Nic decided to find an alternative solution. That summer he was introduced to the amazing and relatively unknown world of resistance stretching. He was 19 years old and had his first moment of clarity where everything in his life came into focus and the path to success resolved from the blur into undeniable high definition. Driven by the self-serving vision of becoming a world-class athlete (springboard diving), Nic poured himself into the genre of resistance stretching. With the support of his family, several key mentors, and his friends Nic was given the unbelievable opportunity to give all of himself over to his sport and personal development.
In 2004, Nic ended his athletic career ranking in the top 50 in the nation having completely resolved his knee injury. Between 2004 and 2011 Nic devoted himself to studying the human body, at first acquiring a 1000 hour Holistic Health License from IPSB in San Diego, and then a Master of Physical Therapy degree from CSU in Long Beach. Out of this passion for knowledge grew a model for a preventative healthcare system which would later become the Dynamic Contraction Technique™. Along the way, Nic met some amazing individuals who shared his in his vision and now make up the DCT™ Instructor Staff helping to operate and grow Harmonix Health LLC. Each team member has their own story of personal growth which has added to the depth and integrity that makes Dynamic Contraction Technique what it is today. To learn more about out DCT™ Instructors click here.
With the warmest regards, we invite you to explore our website, and we hope that our stories and the information on our site help you with your own journey towards a healthier and more fulfilling life.
DCT™ & Resistance Stretching
Resistance stretching has been around since the early 1900s. The first standardized method of resistance stretching was called Proprioceptive Nueromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and was originally used to rehab post polio patients and was later adapted for stroke and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. In the 1970s these PNF techniques were adopted by orthopedic therapists to treat musculoskeletal dysfunctions and to work with the more “healthy” population. Since the 70s there have been relatively few advances in the basic approach to resistance stretching. Dynamic Contraction Technique™ represents the first major shift in the genre of resistance stretching since its implementation into the wellness and fitness fields.