Massage therapy is an important practice for anyone who wishes to reduce stress, tension and pain. But as you probably know, there are many types of massage and every therapist is different. If you are anything like me, you are looking for a therapist with both an intuitive touch and someone who can tailor a massage session around what the client needs.
Getting out of pain is what brought me to this profession. My early life was full of sports (predominately martial arts), but it wasn't until my 20s and early 30s that I began to really feel the toll of my actions. So I know, understand and can empathize with many of you that struggle with nagging discomfort and pain.
Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques is a modality of massage therapy that incorporates many of the most effective ways to detect and treat the pain patterns that burden us. The "fluff and buff" massage styles that so many massage businesses offer may feel great for the short term, however, we the clients want to feel the benefits for days, weeks, and longer. Am I right?
Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques (MAT) was developed by Erik Dalton PhD as a tool to relieve our nation's neck and back pain epidemic. By incorporating muscle balancing techniques and joint stretching maneuvers, MAT therapists learn to identify and correct dysfunctional, neurologically-driven strain patterns before they become pain patterns. The typical deep tissue massage focuses mostly on providing temporary relief without identifying and correcting dysfunctional patterns. [Freedom From Pain]
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Michael Joyce, LMT#06096 has a BS in Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2002). He then went on to get his diploma in Therapeutic Massage from Forsyth Technical College (2005). He is slated to receive his Master of Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques by the end of 2020. He has been certified as a massage therapist and a member of the AMTA since 2006.
Michael also teaches tai chi, classical fencing and women's self-defense in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. When he is not doing this, he is likely spending his time writing, watching movies and spending time with his wife Jennifer and their two dogs, Mei Li and Lucia.