Enhancing a Massage Therapy Practice

A massage therapist licensed in 1991 in the Pacific Northwest, has practiced since then out of a small town of 1500 residents in eastern Washington State, keeping a second office 25 miles away in a town of about 6000.

Seeing the future trend of integrating mentally and physically based therapeutic tools, she certified as a NeuroTherapy Specialist and since that time has enhanced and expanded her practice with this modern mental training method. 

She began introducing all of her clients to massage to give them a feeling of truly letting their body physically relax. She then offered each client either NeuroTherapy Training sessions or massage sessions. Some choose strictly NeuroTherapy Training sessions, some prefer purely massage and with growing numbers of clients she is mixing sessions, with some of the sessions being NeuroTherapy Training and some massage work. Currently, half of her clients prefer the massage work in sessions and half prefer the mental work of NeuroTherapy Training.

Even with clients who choose massage, she teaches them to do the mental exercises of NeuroTherapy Training each day at home. She finds that massage clients who faithfully do their mental work, require much lighter massage work. They are using their mind’s daily to reduce the physiology of emotion, a component of which is the tightening of muscles throughout the neuromuscular system. The mental work not only relaxes the muscles but lessens their tendency to build up a physiology of emotion to begin with.

NeuroTherapy Training has opened up a whole new and creative aspect to her practice, working as a team with a partner who is a physical therapist. The sessions start with use of the tools of NeuroTherapy Training to guide the client into the mentally calm, relaxed state. She continues taking them through the mental exercises and relaxation of NeuroTherapy Training while the physical therapist does cranial sacral and visceral manipulation work. This combined modality work results in faster more effective response from the physical therapy sessions.

Those drawn to the therapeutic professions periodically get opportunities to see those “special clients”. Recently she was asked to see a young person with fairly advanced cancer. One of the basics of NeuroTherapy Training is the ability to quickly and dramatically, through mental work, give people freedom from fear and other damaging emotions. Through the sessions she was able to offer her client with NeuroTherapy Training, this young person was able to live out the last period of life free from the inevitable onslaught of fear and knowing the physiology of negative emotion was not so insidiously speeding deterioration of the body.