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What is Myomassology?

Mary McMahon
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Myomassology is a type of massage which integrates massage techniques from many different disciplines. In addition to bodywork techniques, myomassology also integrates energy work and alternative medical treatments, along with nutritional and physical education. Each myomassologist approaches the technique slightly differently, customizing treatment for the patient to ensure that he or she receives the best care possible. The term was first used by Irene Gauthier, one of the founders of this approach to massage.

This style of massage was a natural outgrowth of Swedish style massage which developed in the 1970s. Massage therapists who learned the basic Swedish technique sometimes wanted to offer more to their clients, and they started integrating techniques from other disciplines. Over time, an all-encompassing style of massage which came to be known as myomassology arose. Numerous massage schools offer training in this method, and therapists can also pursue training independently.

Pretty much any massage style is acceptable in myomassology. In addition to Swedish, most therapists also offer deep tissue, reflexology, and craniosacral massage, along with energy work techniques such as reiki and aromatherapy. The massage therapist may include nutrition education, movement work like yoga, and various herbal remedies in the treatment, although the provision of nutritional information is restricted by law in some regions.

In a typical session, the therapist meets with the client to discuss the client's physical issues, and any sources of emotional trauma the client is experiencing. After meeting with the patient, the therapist steps out so that the client can disrobe and climb onto a massage table. During the session, the massage therapist uses a variety of massage strokes and techniques to create a flowing massage session which addresses specific muscle aches and pains, a desire for general well-being, and any particular issues the client may be experiencing.

After the session, the client will be given "homework" which might involve a series of regular stretches, dietary changes, exercise recommendations, and so forth. If the myomassologist is licensed to do so, he or she may provide medicinal herbs, essential oils, and other products which could be beneficial to the patient.

This style of bodywork relies heavily on a continuing relationship between therapist and client. At least two sessions a month are usually recommended, with some people going once a week, and long-term commitment to myomassology is strongly encouraged. Potential clients may want to try sessions with several practitioners to find one which works for them, and they should ask about discounts for bulk purchases of sessions, as many massage therapists offer these as a form of incentive.

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Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a The Health Board researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments
By anon351660 — On Oct 15, 2013

Myomassology practitioners are unlicenced, uninsured and uneducated.

Typical curriculum: A one week home study of an anatomy and physiology textbook. Students then receive just 25 days over five months of unapproved, unaccredited training at an unregistered massage school. There are no supervised clinic hours.

An additional 10 days over five months is given to unapproved training in dozens of other therapies that in real life would take years to learn to perform properly and safely.

Students are encouraged to open businesses while still learning, promoting themselves as trained professionals and treating medical conditions they have no idea how to treat.

Students are also encouraged to open up more schools to teach more people the watered down version of the watered down version of non education they received so yet more Myomassologists can go forth and perform unlearned modalities on an unsuspecting public.

These people are going to hurt someone. They need to be recognized as the frauds that they are.

By Clairdelune — On Jun 18, 2011

Irene's myomassology institute in Michigan trains students in the myomassology method of therapy. Students who attend this institute are very pleased with what they learn in preparation for entering the field of myomassology.

The mission of the school is to learn how to practice a holistic approach to health - this is a balance of the body, mind, and spirit.

The classes that are available include, how the human body functions, Swedish massage, muscle mechanics, face massage, lymphatic massage, and nutrition. They, also, practice various techniques on each other. They are well prepared to begin their practice.

By lovealot — On Jun 16, 2011

From the information I've just read, it seems like myomassology would be a good way of approaching massage therapy. People do come for massage therapy with different issues. For some, their tension level is high, and they want relaxation. They may also have pain from an auto accident. They may benefit from deep tissue massage. So, one size doesn't fit all, when it comes to massage therapy. I would agree it is a good idea to go to sessions regularly and to choose one therapist to treat you.

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