Body Mechanics Orthopedic Massage is proud to bring you a profile on another new New York licensed massage therapist that has recently joined our team, Meagen! If you’re suffering from from chronic pain, stuff joints or have had a crick in your neck for a few months, medical massage therapy with Meagen might be for you.
We chatted with Meagen to learn about what makes her personal approach to medical massage stand out and while being effective!
What is your back ground and what drew you to science?
Meagen – I have a degree in Occupational Studies of Massage Therapy and outside of that, did some coursework in psychology. I am endlessly fascinated by the human body and physiology, so massage therapy was a natural career choice.
Can you share one experience treating someone that really impacted your view of treatment?
Meagen – I once had a 3-hour session with a pro-lacrosse player with adhesive capsulitis — a frozen shoulder. The treatment was unlike any spa session I’ve done. It included a visual assessment, friction, passive range of motion, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. The amount of mobility he regained afterward was incredible and it really highlighted just how much bodywork can be implemented in a medical way to achieve quantitative AND qualitative results!
What is your best “Uh-oh!” story? A time you really F-d up doing something with your body that helped inform your medical massage technique.
Meagen – At one point I got mild ulnar neuropathy* from excessive forearm usage at some clients’ request. It made me realize that a conversation must be had with certain clients for them to understand that deep is not always ‘more effective’ when treating the body with massage. I changed my habits and no longer have the condition.
*Neuropathy is numbness or pain caused by compression or damage to the nerves.
Do you have a bad science joke you like?
Meagen – Why don’t ants get sick? Because they have little anty bodies! That one has been gotten more laughs now that we hear about antibodies every day.
If you could try any sport/or amazing physical activity what would it be?
Meagen – Diving.
Or What was your favorite class in high school?
Meagen – College Writing.
What are your favorite kinds of people to work with/what kind of injuries do you like to work with?
Meagen – I love to work on people with myofascial restrictions because they get so much relief from each myofascial session! Their joy is contagious!
What sets your medical massage apart from anyone else?
Meagen – It is detail oriented and galvanizing. I don’t just absent massage a body; I can pinpoint the issues clients came in to address and the ones they didn’t know where causing the issues in the first place. Then I teach them how to recognize these matters before they become more significant.
Is there anything we do not know about you we should? (Odd ball facts?)
Meagen – Although I call New York my home I’m a world traveler, and the one thing I might enjoy more than myofascial release is hula hooping. In fact, I’m a hula hoop champion!
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