With a background in Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage, Functional Anatomy, Yoga Instruction, Psychology as well as years of experience and ongoing training in various forms of Somatic Therapy I've developed my own style of body work called Neuromuscular Therapy or NMT.
NMT is designed to relieve pain and return injured soft tissues to normal function. It utilizes specific, targeted techniques to eliminate the causes of most muscular aches. Neuromuscular Therapy balances the nervous system with the muscular and skeletal systems and naturally brings the body back into alignment. It addresses postural and muscular imbalances, nerve entrapment and ischemia by working on trigger points. Trigger Points are hyper-sensitive nodules, or “knots”, which develop in injured muscles. They are bands of rigid tissue that can cause pain either at the site of the "knot" or referred pain throughout the body. Trigger points can also block circulation, limit movement, cause inflammation and tingling or numbness (simulating nerve pain), muscle stiffness, fatigue, and/or weakness. Examples of referred pain include: sciatica, carpal tunnel, TMJ Syndrome and headaches. Trigger Points often result in debilitating pain which can last for years. Some causes of injury resulting in trigger point pain may be activities that require repetitive motion, chronic physical or emotional stress, a fall or accident, and postural or muscular imbalances.
Neuromuscular Therapy works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve tension and pain and to restore normal movement. To do this, the I apply direct, deep localized pressure and various specialized techniques in order to release the adhesions and restore normal function. Neuromuscular Therapy can be used to assist in the treatment of most musculo-skeletal and associated problems and it contributes towards improved circulatory, lymphatic and neurological functioning. It can be stimulating or soothing, depending on the technique, depth and speed used.