John L. on Citysearch
10 years ago
01/20/2012, 08:36 AM
For my 100th, I wanted to share something. – For my 100th, I wanted to share something that has helped my physical well-being tremendously.
I used to have chronic shoulder and lower back pains due to bad posture and sitting in front of a computer 10+ hours a day. I've tried different treatments, ranging from seeing a chiropractic to acupuncturist and even picking up yoga. While these treatments work temporarily, the pain in my shoulders and back return in a week or two, sometimes even in a few days.
I had accepted the fact that pain was just something I had to live with. Since my first visit years ago, I try to come here once every 1-2 months as it provides instant pain relief and longer pain-free intervals between treatments.
Every time I visit, I fill out my information on a clipboard. On the clipboard is a picture of a human figure (front and back) where I circle my problem areas. This lets the masseuse know which areas to focus on as once the treatment starts one of two things usually happen. I either fall asleep or the pain is so intense I can't think straight let alone speak.
Every time I need a treatment, I schedule an appointment with Tony as he is a master in his own right. His style is acupressure and kneading with light stretching. He takes a multi-step approach where he gently massages your problem area until the muscles there relax. Then the next step and highlight (or most painful) is when he digs in over and over till the knots/crunches disappear. For the final step he massages over the problem area smoothly and firmly, sort of feels like he's aligning the muscles fibers.
If you do come visit, please come with the expectation that it will be painful. For me, the pain ranges from 5-9 on a scale of 10. The most painful is when he works the area under my shoulder blades, usually I break a sweat and grit my teeth. He also stretches me into yoga poses I never thought I could do.
But once it's all done I literally feel like a new person. I stand taller, my spine is straighter, and my posture is perfect. My shoulders and back are also pain free for a good 3-4 weeks, which is something I cannot put a price on. They also provide complimentary lemongrass tea and water for post-therapy hydration needs.
If you suffer from chronic shoulder and back pains like I do, the chances are you have spent hundreds or even thousands on therapy. That's why I believe this is worth a try if you suffer from any type of pain.