Good Medicine: Myofascial Bodywork

Troy, NY

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

ABOUT I am a massage therapist that specializes in myofascial bodywork. It is all I do. Myofascial bodywork uses a gentle, sustained pressure to release tension held in the collagenous aspect of the fascial network. It is a very effective style of bodywork and produces profound relaxation, as well as relief from many different pain syndromes. Three weeks out of four, I see clients at my studio in Auburn, Ohio just outside Chagrin Falls. One week of every four, I see clients at my studio in Troy, New York.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

There is a great richness in being able to help my clients become more at ease in their body. Sometimes there are issues of pain or limitations of movement that can be eased through myofascial work. Other times, the sense of connection that develops through the work provides meaning and solace. Clients frequently remark that they were able to relax more during the session than they had experienced ever before. I enjoy this work as a form of service.

Location

Troy, NY 12180

Years in business

6

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

1

Reviews

5 Reviews
  • Julie H. Mar 19, 2017
    A Wonderful Massage!
    Abi'l-Khayr is highly skilled and intuitive in his Myofascial work. His studio is warm, comfortable and inviting. Abi'l-Khayr has done wonders to relieve the pain and tension that I have in my neck and shoulders due to an accident years ago. I especially appreciate that each time I see him, he takes the time to reassess my needs and talk with me about what might be happening in my body. I highly recommend Myofascial bodywork with Abi'l-Khayr!
  • Lynette S. Mar 19, 2017
    Thankful!
    Abil is wonderful to work with. I have been seeing him for 18 months and am extremely pleased. My initial reason for seeking him out is much improved and now we are able to work on other areas. I'm so thankful I found him!
  • Daisy M. Mar 18, 2017
    Quite Pleased!
    The myofascial bodywork was amazing! I was able to schedule an appointment within the week and Abi'l-Khayir treated an imbalance in my shoulders of which I wasn't even aware. The room where the myofascial release work is done is soothing and provides a relaxing an environment. I was so pleased with my first experience, I scheduled two follow ups and look forward to going again soon! This is a wonderful complement to other body work I've had done.
  • Jeanne G. Mar 16, 2017
    Professional & knowledgeable
    I am always happy with the great myofascial work!
  • Carolyn W. Mar 16, 2017
    Chronic pain relief choice
    Long time regular client of Abi'l-Khayr. Treatments are always carefully and thoughtfully offered My chronic injury related pain benefits greatly from these treatments. He offers an excellent non-pharmaceutical option to pain management.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
My intake process includes a brief overview of a person's history and recent symptoms, with particular note of any history of injuries, broken bones or surgeries. If there are questions about myofascial bodywork, there can be a brief discussion. Then there is a basic postural assessment, in which I look for any clues in one's posture that indicate how the fascia is organized, where the holding patterns that are in place might be creating pulls in the system. For example, a shoulder might be pulled forward, or downward, or the leg turned in or out. Then it is table time, and the session begins with a hold at the ankles; I try to assess the way tension is held in the body from that vantage point. Work around the head and neck follows, and this both helps the client relax, and allows me a comfortable manner of moving into the session. The rest of the session will unfold according to what my client has told me, what I have observed in the assessment, and what my hands feel as they begin to work.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
While in school as a student of massage therapy, myofascial work spoke to me in a very clear and powerful way. I knew from then that I wanted to focus upon MFR as a technique, as a style of work. I did not realize how quickly that interest would evolve, so that within a year's time my understanding of bodies and bodywork was so transformed by my study of MFR (myofascial release) that myofascial bodywork has become the entire focus of my practice. In the six years since graduating and receiving my license as a Massage Therapist, I have more than 200 hours of continuing education classes -- all focused on myofascial technique, and most taught by John Barnes. The other major influence upon my work is Tom Myers. Our understanding of fascia and its role in the body has been growing rapidly, and appears to be continuing to spread and to influence bodyworkers and holistic practitioners in all of the allied health professions. I am excited to be involved with this work, and find myself both pleased to know as much as I do about myofascial work, while also realizing how much more there is for me to learn -- in order to best serve the needs of those clients who find there way to my studio.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My fee for a 60-minute myofascial relaxation session is $60 (90-minutes, $90). After the first session (which includes an intake process which lasts about 15 minutes), there is a package deal of two 60-minute sessions for $99 (two 90-minute sessions, $149).
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most of my clients come to me or are referred to me because of an ongoing and painful set of symptoms. Sometimes there is a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, or Carpal Tunnel, or Frozen Shoulder. Other times it seems that sciatic pain or TMJ dysfunction is the primary issue. Or perhaps my client is deling with an illness such as Parkinson's or Lupus or some form of cancer. Myofascial work can relieve a great many of the painful symptoms involved in these conditions. In the case of someone whose body has been pulled out of alignment and now suffers from near-constant pain and discomfort, myofascial work is often able to correct the problem and resolve the issue -- not in one session, usually, but over time. In the case of someone whose body is coping with some form of debilitating condition, myofascial work can help lessen the effects of the symptoms. Some clients like to use this form of bodywork as an ongoing part of their wellness program. They may find a session once a month helps keep them in balance. Or maybe every other month. Maybe every two weeks. Every body has its own needs, its own rhythm. Other clients have a more acute situation, and perhaps after three or four sessions the problem is resolved. Still other clients prefer to alternate seeing a massage therapist with seeing me for myofascial bodywork. Or combining the myofascial work with visits to a chiropractor or an acupuncturist.