February 28 2020 by

Peter Smith

What on earth do I mean by that?

I have been a bodyworker since 1982, starting with Spinal Touch, then briefly Orthobionomy and finally settled mostly on Hyperton-X all during my training as a homeopath from 1981-4.

I describe myself as an eclectic holistic practitioner. Having had issues with my back in my early 20s, I have always been keen to seek relief where possible. Wearing my suit of body armour – protecting myself from old injuries – I have often used massage over the years. I have never had any formal massage training myself.

As a receiver of massage, a punter if you like, even at the hands of really good therapists, I frankly hated the pain involved in releasing my sore and tender muscles. I still do! Okay, I am a wuss! (This is my cunning plan for getting more people trained up in GMR … I will be able to get them to release all my muscles … and THEN have a lovely, easy, pain-free massage!)

During my career, I have achieved pretty good results helping people in pain without causing them any further pain. My clients like that! (As I have said, I like that myself, too!)

As the years went on, I continued using what I’d learned from Frank Mahoney’s Hyperton-X while gradually moving away from the complicated kinesiological muscle-testing; back in the day when I was working flat out, the complexity required was hard to fit into a busy 9:00 – 6:00 day with clients every 30 – 60 minutes. The most important bit was that I was continually achieving really good results. 

As we develop our ‘muscle-memory’ i.e. we start to work without deliberately thinking “What do I do now?” and we can get our ego out of the way, we free ourselves to be able to listen to our intuition. I am continually getting impulses to “Try this” as I work.

For the last 15 to 20 years, tired of having to explain to clients that Hyperton-X is a play on the word hypertonic – too-tight – it became easier to refer to what I did as Gentle Muscle Release (GMR). It does what it says on the tin and is meaningful to most people.

  • It is such a good tool. 
  • It is painless. 
  • It’s pretty effective in most cases. (Not all, of course!) 
  • It is such a user-friendly therapy. 
  • It is kind to the clients and above all …
  • It is extremely kind to the therapist!

DEFINING YANG and YIN

Let me define what I mean by ‘yang’ and ‘yin’ in terms of bodywork.

Conventionally (and non-judgmentally) speaking: the therapist is ‘yang’: active; doing something to the client; for the purpose of this example: ‘male’.

Conventionally (and again non-judgmentally and non-politically-correctly) speaking: the client’s role is normally ‘yin’:  passive; receptive; non-engaged; something is being done to them; hence GMR is more ‘female’ … intuitive and ‘inviting’ the muscle to release itself with the aid of the client’s brain.

Why is GMR ‘YIN’?

What makes GMR ‘yin’ is easy: It’s all about putting the client in charge. The clients’ BRAIN does all the work!

The therapist is ‘simply’ a focussed and intelligent ‘FACILITATOR’; the therapist is not ‘DOING’ anything.

The client is ‘doing’ it all in a gentle, painless and empowered way, guided by the therapist.

Another way of saying it is that the therapist becomes a clever and intuitive ‘body-untangler’; almost like a detective. By analysing and understanding what is going on, gradually they begin to ‘feel’ what else needs to be done.

The therapist thereby ‘ups their game’. From being an already skilled and effective massage technician – with previously-established ‘limitations’ based on what has been the old norm – suddenly the massage therapist can begin to do what they could not previously do: to begin to create lasting if not permanent changes in their client’s well-being by showing their client’s brain how to achieve the necessary releases of those hypertonic, injured muscles. (In the past, one might think: “This is above my pay-grade; I had better refer them to an osteopath or chiropractor. It is not my job to ‘fix’ things”

[N.B. – Caveat: Of course, if a client has a badly trapped/impinged nerve, it ISabove one’s pay-grade – refer onwards … ALWAYS!

In turn a chiro or osteo also knows when “discretion is the better part of valour!”]

WHAT NOW?

I hope that this will encourage you to explore our website to find out more.

“How to Release a Client’s Hands”

Look at this short 6-minute video we shot on How to Release a Client’s Hands” – it is how we teach the client what we are doing before we ask them to lay down on the massage table, by in effect, training their brain in how GMR works before we start a session – as well as gently blowing their minds! (This series of releases is fantasticfor musicians and others such as determined knitters with sore thumbs and fingers!)

https://vimeo.com/385558273/0d203d6937

WARNING!

This GMR is FUN! 

What is more, it can seriously and irreparably damage whatever preconceptions you have been holding about what is and isn’t possible!

Joking apart – and this is why I decided in 2016 that I needed to get GMR out there to other bodyworkers – I learned from Gerry Pyves’ research (NO HANDS MASSAGE© fame) that, shockingly, 78% of massage therapists and bodyworkers unnecessarily and avoidably damage themselves at some time in their careers – some so badly that they end up have to retire prematurely.

WANTED! FAR-SIGHTED THERAPISTS WISHING TO LEARN GMR & EVENTUALLY JOIN THE ACADEMY AS TRAINERS

I formed The Gentle Muscle Release Academy to bring this novel way of working into the mainstream, for the benefit of therapists and their clients. The ThinkTree team have been wonderfully helpful and enabled me to launch GMR so much more effortlessly than I ever would have imagined was possible.

The Academy needs more than a couple of people to teach GMR to the more than 100,000 massage therapists and bodyworkers currently and unknowingly – and avoidably – wrecking their bodies and causing discomfort to their clients by over-efforting. 

“I have a dream”

My dream is to see this simple and effective way of working taught routinely in all Massage Training Schools and I need to attract some ‘live ones’ who share the same vision so that we can work together collaboratively to bring GMR into the mainstream. As our Workshops will contain a maximum of 10-12 learners, you will understand why we need your help in reaching the rest of the profession. (See our Mission Statement below)

From the “On the Shoulders of Giants” & “Nothing New Under The Sun”Departments …

I would like to formally give thanks to those who have taught me over the years, those like Frank Mahoney – who used to use HYPERTON-X with the 1980’s US Marathon Team, thereby massively reducing injuries by only sending out athletes onto the track who had been ‘released’ and returned to a state of balance. Big thanks to my Homeopathic mentor Robert Davidson who said in 1982: 

“Don’t just be a cerebral homeopath – learn how to work with peoples’ bodies; most people are rarely if ever touched.”

If all this hasn’t convinced you to take the first steps into an exciting and fulfilling way to work in future – or even to explore rehabilitating your injured bodies with a view to returning to work …

You leave me no choice but to raise my voice, now and say:

“HEALTH WARNING!”

YOU ARE WORKING WAY TOO HARD – YOU ARE PAYING THE PRICE … and IT IS UNSUSTAINABLE!

  • TRANSFORM YOUR MASSAGE PRACTICE WITH THIS EXTRA UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO WORK EASIER! BOTH YOU AND YOUR CLIENTS WILL LOVE IT
  • PROTECT YOUR BODY BY WORKING MORE GENTLY AND EFFICIENTLY – REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY (Talking to 78% of you therapists who work so hard they hurt themselves … RSI and chronic back neck and shoulder problems etc!)
  • DEVELOP THE SKILLS TO BE ABLE TO RESOLVE LONG-STANDING INJURIES IN YOUR CLIENTS

Any questions, do not hesitate to call me:

Director: Peter C K Smith RSHom FSHom

The Barn, Grenna Lane, Perranwell Station, TRURO  TR3 7LN, Cornwall UK

00 44 (0)1872 870801                  Email: pcks@gmracademy.co.uk

Website:  www.gmracademy.co.uk

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