Do you feel like you are doing everything right but your muscles still feel tight? Does it feel like you are on a merry-go-round of injections, scans, drugs, drug side-effects, and doctor visits? Are you scared that your symptoms mean you’ll feel like crap for the rest of your life?
Welcome to the Muscle Mystery Chronicles. In this short weekly blog, I’m going to share little-known secrets that I’ve discovered about the body through stories of clients we’ve seen at Hunter Method. The cases are real. The people are real. Some names and details have been changed to protect client privacy. Some are quite humorous, others are tragic, but all are educational, entertaining, and at times, mind-bending. You’ll never guess the endings.
I named this “Muscle Mysteries” because that’s exactly what client stories sound like to me. OK — so no one has been murdered, but bad things have happened and no can figure out the solution. We hear things like “I’ve been to everyone! I’ve done everything! I’m doing everything right and I’m still really hurting” all the time. A puzzle to be solved. Some are cold cases and others are new to the scene.
Our job as massage therapists is more like being a “muscle detective” or a “muscle sleuth.” To solve the mystery and get the result of pain relief. When someone comes in to the clinic, we tackle it like a new case file. We look at the list of usual suspects (arthritis, disc issues, tendinitis, etc.) We listen for things that just don’t add up. We follow our hunches. We do re-enactments. We listen to what the client is saying, and what they’re not saying. We watch body language. We study the body’s posture and movement. But the biggest clues of all come from really knowing how to feel the body.
The biggest culprit is usually standing in plain sight, but no one sees it. It doesn’t show up on MRI’s, blood tests and scans. You have to know how to touch it. Clients always say OH MY ! I didn’t even know that was there!! The art of noticing subtle tactile signs and recognizing their significance is called “appreciating” them. I love that! We appreciate the muscles and tissues and then do the Hunter Method to change the muscle memory back to optimal tone.
Clients think that when we get results that it is miraculous. The truth is, I’ve dedicated my life to figuring this stuff out. I’m hardworking and think out of the box. I’ve chased down a lot of rabbit holes that didn’t go anywhere. I’ve spent decades in a 12’x12’ room, seeing client after client, trying to solve the mystery of why people are hurting. I’ve followed every protocol, tested theories, and read hundreds of books. I’ve stood on, stretched, pummeled, and hovered my hands over people. Along the way, I realized that you cannot “get the knot out,” stretch a muscle into submission, or go deep to look for “cash and prizes”. I’ve learned that it is ridiculous to do “holds,” “stretches,” “daily treatments,” or rolling on pool toys to relieve your muscles. The Hunter Method combines specific movement and touch to let the brain know that it is ok to move. Is it a miracle? To me, it’s just logical. You decide.