Massage Therapist "LMT"
“As a society, we are touch deprived, and this can lead to disease or emotional dysfunction,” says licensed massage therapist Abi’l-Khayr. “From the cradle to the nursing home, tactile stimulation and the emotional assurance of caring touch bring about a sense of well-being and security.”
An expert in myofascial release, Abi’l-Khayr believes that the human body has an enormous capacity for self-healing. “It is all one system, and an issue in any part of that system will affect every other part,” he says. “There are ways that we hold tension in our body which may have short-term benefits but can cause long-term damage—restrictions that prevent the body from functioning at an optimum level. Myofascial bodywork can release those restrictions and help bring the body into a state of balance.”
Abi’l-Khayr has used myofascial bodywork to address issues such as sciatica, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, Parkinson's disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, irregular menstruation, insomnia, TMJ issues, migraines, and chronic neck and shoulder pain. His style of work frequently encourages his clients to enter a profound state of relaxation.
Abi’l-Khayr says he loves his work, and considers it an honor and a blessing to be able to assist his clients in bringing about positive change in their lives. “Massage is a perfect elixir for good health, but it can also provide an integration of body and mind,” says Abi’l-Khayr. “By producing a meditative state or heightened awareness of the present moment, massage can provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing with it true relaxation and peace.”
What to Expect
A typical session where myofascial bodywork is delivered will begin with a postural assessment. The client stands in a relaxed fashion while Abi'l looks for evidence of imbalances or compensations that over time have pulled the body out of alignment. These findings suggest where work might be focused in order to bring about balance.
Myofascial work is done primarily on the skin. It is important not to apply lotion to your body immediately before a session, and lotion will generally not be used during the session.
Clients usually lie on a massage table (some techniques can be done sitting or standing), and will not be covered by a sheet or blanket unless the temperature of the space requires one for comfort. Clients are welcome to be in their undergarments, or women may choose a two-piece bathing suit, tank top and running shorts, or similar attire; whatever is most comfortable.
New York State Board of Massage Therapy
Center for Natural Wellness, Albany, NY, 2010