"Therapeutic-Deep" or AIO Method (Assess-Instigate-Optimize or All Is One, depending on the client) is what I have become known for in the South Bay over the last nine years. The adaptability of my method, using Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology to enhance the traditional massage modalities I was taught, has allowed me to assist thousands of people to regain their health, become pain free and find their Balance.
Like the striations we see in rock formations, muscle tissue also contains similar structures. One of the techniques I use in AIO is called Muscle Raking. It is the technique that coined "Pain with a Purpose" in my office. It involves pressing my knuckles into the muscle and easing along the grain of the muscle, forcing it to lengthen. While this does cause micro-tears in the muscle (just like when we work out), the body is then able to repair the micro-tears and creates a stronger, more flexible muscle.
I inform all of my clients that the first time I work on them, while they may leave the table feeling great, the following morning, and possibly for the next 24 to 48 hours, they are going to be tender. Again, just like the first time we work out hard at the gym, while the endorphins from the workout have us feeling awesome, our body lets us know about it the next morning.
Hydration is key in minimizing the after affects of a therapeutic-deep massage, and I also recommend a 20 minute epsom salt soak whenever possible.
I cause pain for a living. But by causing that acute pain, I have been able to assist clients in relieving their chronic pain. I have clients that suffered from lower back pain, headaches, tendonitis, old sports injuries and war wounds that I now only see once a month for maintenance, and that is the end goal of AIO Method. To assist my clients in finding a Balanced, pain-free body that allows them to enjoy Life again and all that is has to offer.