How Does It Work?
The Hunter Massage Method is nothing like traditional massage. It’s a massage designed to give significant relief with no side effects. The client is fully dressed as the therapist goes through a sequence of targeted touch and movements. As the client actively participates, chronically contracted muscles return to optimal tone, relieving even the most stubborn pain problems that tight muscles can cause. Many pain problems are solved with as little as one to five Hunter Massage Method treatments. Other, more serious issues take more sessions.
The treatment works by communicating directly with the nervous system through the multiple receptors in the muscles, ligaments and joints. Hunter Massage Therapists don’t treat your body like pizza dough, trying to pummel, roll, and knead the tissue out of pain. Instead, this gentle technique enables muscles to return to optimal tone through specialized myofasical touch, isometric contraction and active movement.
How Did My Muscles Get Tight?
In the event of any injury, large or small, the brain’s natural protection response is to tell muscles to contract. When these muscles become chronically tight, “muscle memory” forms, and no amount of stretching, exercising or rubbing can take away the pain. The Hunter Massage Method includes a kinesthetic and visual postural analysis, muscle testing, and a thorough intake of your “muscle story” to determine which muscles are chronically contracted. Then, those specific muscles and the corresponding nerve pathways are addressed, letting the brain know that it is okay to move.
How Was the Method Developed?
The dictionary defines a HUNTER as “one that searches for something.” Stephanie Hunter lives up to her name. A master in her field, training in many massage disciplines over the years, Hunter quickly learned that traditional massage only offered temporary pain relief. And lengthy exercise and stretching regimens didn’t seem practical to offer her clients. She was convinced there had to be a better way for people to regain the mobility of youth.
Hunter pursued the problem like a scientist, constantly studying the nervous and muscular systems, taking a variety of classes and practicing on her clients. Her focus was on getting to the underlying dysfunction which is often times not where someone is actually hurting.
As the years went on her results got more and more dramatic. Headaches that had plagued people for decades disappeared. Clients who were bed bound with vertigo could move. People sent to the Emergency Room with intense sciatica found freedom from their pain.
Hunter developed a computer program to track post treatment results — an industry first. While many claim to have over 90% success in treating pain, that’s only if clients regularly undergo treatment or practice the exercise routine. Hunter’s definition of success is when her patients are so happy with the results they bring their friends and family in, too!
Who Does the Hunter Massage Method Help?
Clients with Balance Issues
About 30% of all the clients we see have issues with balance problems like vertigo, BPPV, Meniere’s, and just feeling “off-kilter,” “stoned,” or “wobbly,” and prone to falling. We don’t help any named disease but when the muscles are no longer tight in the nerve pathways that lead to the eyes, ears and head, the body has a natural way of fixing itself. There are no side effects to the massages. Some clients have been home bound for years, others call us the minute they wake up “dizzy.”
Clients with Movement Issues
We see many different clients with movement troubles: difficulty going from sitting to standing; difficulty lifting a leg to put on a sock; frozen shoulder; difficulty walking; waddle walk; inability to play sports or drive. We love to help people regain movement, because while not life threatening, the inability to participate fully in life deadens the spirit.
Clients with Pain
They say that pain is the great human equalizer. There’s nothing worse than being in pain, and in our experience, the pain that comes from contracted muscles can be debilitating. The massage works by communicating with the nervous system through movement and touch to let the body know that it’s alright to move. We see not only serious pain issues relieved, such as trigeminal neuralgia (which feels like a knife going through your face), but also more common pain complaints – neck, back, foot, and elbow pain; as well as named conditions like sciatica, TMJ, plantar fasciitis and neuropathy.
Many children and young adults come to us with pain, movement and balance problems. Typically, we see a lot of athletic kids with muscle tightness or imbalance, as well as the occasional case of a tight muscle causing more severe symptoms. The client remains fully dressed through our treatments, which makes it easy for little ones to get help. Since the treatment is interactive, parents are encouraged to participate with their children as well.
From weekend warriors to professional competitors, we see all kinds of athletes. Most are golfers – the treatment helps with golfer’s elbow; back, shoulder, hand and thumb pain; glute not firing; and it increases mobility for rotation. We also see tennis players with hip flexor issues, knee pain, and frozen or tight shoulders. Other athletes we’ve treated include hockey, lacrosse, and volleyball players, runners, triathletes, and more.
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BREAK YOUR PAIN CYCLE TODAY!
The Hunter Massage Method is formulated to reset your muscle memory, giving you significant pain relief.
*First time clients please call: 561-747-8700