Author | Joel Banuelos, DIAKADI Massage Therapist “What do you call your style of massage?” …

This is a question that I receive often from clients and other wellness and healthcare professionals.  And it has not been an easy one for me to answer on more than one occasion.  I am a massage practitioner and have been for over 8 years, and during this time my work has changed, and will continue to change, for the betterment of myself and my clients.

At the core of my practice is myofascial release- a soft tissue form of manipulation that emphasizes releasing adhesions and tensions that exist not only in the muscular tissues but also in the connective tissues that wrap and anchor muscle, bone, and viscera (organs).  An early fascination with Rolfing lead me to seek out this form of manipulation and fueled my interest in structural bodywork. As a technical application, this work can be experienced anywhere from a form of friction-based deep tissue massage (hurts so good!) to a gentle, slow stretching of localized tissue (ahhhhhhh).  More recently I have become interested in the manual therapies of osteopathy: cranial therapy, counter-strain, neural manipulation, muscle energy technique and visceral manipulation.  Without going into detail about each of these modalities, they collectively offer a more gentle approach to release joint, visceral, fascial and fluid restrictions in the body, as well as minimizing protective spasms that occur within injured/irritated tissues.  While these applications tend toward the more subtle end of the bodywork spectrum, the effects can be very profound and long lasting.  Regardless of the approach or technique, my work is geared toward a common goal: to help release your physical restrictions that negatively impact your structure and/or function.

To that end, a variety of clients have sought my services over the years. I have worked with professional and amateur athletes, 60-hour a week desk jockeys, post-surgical patients, traumatic accident victims, musicians, fitness trainers and their clients, and manual laborers to name a few.  Clients seek out my work to help alleviate acute or chronic pain, relieve new or reoccurring injuries, release movement restrictions,  decrease functional limitations, or simply experience their bodies in a different, more comfortable way.  Service is the foundation of my practice, and therapy the tool in which I apply myself.

So as you can see, it took me about a page and a few minutes of your time to answer one simple question.  And to be honest, this just scratches the surface.  The nuts and bolts of what I do I've presented for you.  But if you want a simple answer to this simple question, and at the risk of sounding arrogant, here you go:

“I do a form of massage therapy that you will not soon to forget.”