Week 2 of our Clinic is in full swing with many hands-on massage hours clocked and lots of happy clients.
We finished our module on remedial treatment of the neck which focused on mobilisation of the joints. Our class now moves on to new techniques such as Muscle Energy Technique & Myofascial Release Therapy.
The MET Muscle Energy Technique is a theory that suggests muscles on one side of a joint will always relax to accommodate the contraction of muscles on the other side of that joint when indirect pressure is applied. MET is often applied to patients who suffer from muscle spasms via gentle energy & strengthening techniques.
Myofascial Release Therapy uses a gentle blend of stretching, massage, and manipulation of the entire body to promote healing, release and pain relief. We learnt that the theory is based on the idea that poor posture, physical injury, illness and emotional stress can throw the body out of alignment.
Next, we move onto specific techniques to be applied to the back.