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Ultimate Guide to Stretching Techniques: Elevate Your Wellness Journey with Body Mechanics

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Introduction to Stretching Techniques

Stretching is a fundamental aspect of fitness and wellness, crucial for maintaining flexibility, preventing injuries, and enhancing overall physical performance. In terms of massage therapy stretching can be used within your treatment or recomened for home care. This section will cover the importance of stretching and introduce the different types of stretching: static, dynamic, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), and ballistic.

Benefits of Regular Stretching

Regular stretching offers a myriad of benefits beyond simple flexibility.Streching feels good, warms up the tissue, helps you with propreoception, makes movement easier and helps lubricate your joints. While we do not recommend stretching as a stand alone activity for treatment, you would be hard pressed to find any physical activity that does not include some element of stretching. Understanding the benefits can motivate individuals to incorporate stretching into their daily routines.

Static Stretching Explained

Static stretching involves holding a stretch for a prolonged period. This section will guide you through the proper techniques for static stretching, emphasizing safety and effectiveness to achieve the best results. Our massage therapists assign these frequently as home care and use them in treatment as they feel great. 

To perfom a static stretch, you move your body part into the stretched positon and hold. Once in position, you do not move, but breathing is recommended. Slow steady breathing can help you get deeper into the stretch and fully explore the position. These stretches should be held for 30 seconds or more, or until you feel the muscle relax

Dynamic Stretching for Warm-Up

Dynamic stretches are active movements that help warm up the body before exercise. Learn how to implement dynamic stretching in your routine and understand the advantages of dynamic over static stretching for warm-up purposes.

When you are thinking about dynamic stretching, and what movements might be best, it is helpful to think about the activity you are going to do. For example a swimmer might do arm circles to warm up the shoulder or a runner might do walking lunges. These motions take the joints to their end ranges in controlled ways without force. 

Dynamic stretching has the additional benefit of increasing blood flow to the joints and limbs as it is active movement. Since these stretces are self initaiated, we do not use them as frequently in massage treatments but you will often see us use them as assements for our care. 

PNF Stretching for Flexibility

PNF stretching is a more advanced form of flexibility training that involves both stretching and contracting the muscles. PNF stretching uses contract and relax cycles to help loosen muscles and gain range of motion. PNF stretching is particularly useful in sports, rehabilitation, pain managment and flexibility oriented programs. 

PNF Stands for ‘Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation’

PNF stretching can be done alone or as a partner stretch. To perfom a PNF stretch you would move into a passive stretch position and then contract the muscle being stretched. As an example, to perform a PNF stretch of the hamstrings alone, you would prefrom a passive seated hamstring stretch and then press the back of the leg into the ground and hold. After releasing the contraction you would passively stretch this again and repeat this in multiple cycles. 

As a massage therapist, we often use these types of stretches with you in sessions as they fit in to our goal oriented treatment model for their ablity to create change, as well as they are harder for you to perfom alone. An assisted hamstrig stretch would be done on table, face up. The therapist would extend your leg infront of you, and you would push into them instead of the floor. 

Ballistic Stretching: Risks and Rewards

Ballistic stretching uses momentum  and bounce to force a limb beyond its typical range of motion. This section will discuss the potential benefits and risks associated with ballistic stretching and when it’s appropriate to use these techniques.

A typical ballistic stretch would take you to your end feel in a passive stretch. This is the place where your body naturally says “stop”. At that end point you would add a forceful repetitive bounce to try to extend the limb beyond it’s natural range. 

As massage therapists we generally would not use this type of stretching in treatments but you may find this streching in training programs at a high level. This is because ballistic stretching comes with risk and has less reward unless your training for a particular thing. Forcing a muscle past its natural range with any velocity unless your are actually practicing for a time while you use your body that that might happen, is not typically needed or advisable. Since we work with injuries, we are actually trying to actively avoid this kind of risk in our massage treatments. 

You might see this type of stretching used with dancers, soccer players, boxers etc…anyone who is training for a time where their muscle might be suddenly extended with velocity, might choose this type of stretching to practice controlling that motion when it happens.

Stretching Routines for Various Activities

Tailoring your stretching routine to your specific activity or sport can enhance performance and reduce injury risks. Most people will be using static streching, dynamic stretching and PNF stretching based on need, but those in training might also use ballistic stretching. Each type has a strength and particular use.

Static Strething: feels good, is relatively safe and easy to do alone. Does not increase blood flow but does explore the end range of the joint. This is a good beginer stretch and can also be quite meditative.

Dynamic stretching: warms up the tissue, is a good intermediate stretch. You need to know what muscles you want to target since your moving whole areas of the body. Thes are easy to do alone and provide a good warm up for activity. 

PNF Stretching: Feels good, warms up the tissue and increases the range of motion. This is an advanced form of stretching that requires some level of expertise. PNF stretching is harder to do alone and easier as a partner activity. This stretching is good for goal oriented activities, like increasing range of motion and recovering for injuries if indicated. It also increases the blood flow to the muscles due to the contraction cycle.

Ballistic Stretching: Is an advanced type stretching activity that may also be considered a training activity. Most people would not require this type of stretching in their daily life and it comes with risk. It is best preformed alone, or under supervision. It will increase blood flow, train for end range tollerance and increase range of motion. 

Common Mistakes to Avoid in Stretching

Avoiding common mistakes in stretching is crucial for safety and effectiveness. We’ll highlight the risks of overstretching, the importance of correct form, and how to adjust your technique.

For most stretching you are not actually legthingn the muscle although you will see this information out there. What you are more likely doing is desensitization or the end range of the joint. This is called ‘Sensory Theroy’. Understanding this can vastly change your understanding and use of stretching. When we are stretcihng, we are ‘training’ our nervous system for change by practicing an activity over and over. You can look at the list above and see what might best suit your situation. Whatever stretching activity you choose remember:

  • Breath, it will help you relax
  • Move slowly with control unless you know your limits
  • Seek professional help if you need it
  • Put safety first, make sure you use objects to balance, and keep a clear area, with padding if needed
  • Pick the right activity for the job at hand
  • Do not force it, you can hurt yourself

The Role of Stretching in Injury Prevention

Stretching plays an important role in injury recovery and is often utilized in rehabitition and injury prevention or ‘prehab’. Human perfomance relies on range of motion which is closely tied to different kinds of stretching. Not all types of stretching are recommended for injury prevention, some may actually increase your risk so it is important to talk to a professional about your needs. This 2012 study gives a quality over view of some of the reasons why stretching might not be or might be a great choice. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3273886/

FAQs About Stretching Techniques

Is it better to stretch before or after a workout?

Both have their benefits. No one situation is the same. Dynamic stretching is recommended before workouts to prepare your body and increase your range of motion. It is an excellent warm up.

Static stretching is ideal after exercise to aid in recovery and increase flexibility. 

Should stretching hurt?

No. Typically stretching should not hurt. 

How often should I stretch to improve flexibility?

Consistency is key. Stretching 3-5 times a week can improve flexibility. The New York State scope of massage allows us to teach stretching to you to help you maintain your massage results between sessions if they are approrpeate for you ensuring you make the most out of each session. We highly recommend seeing a massage therapist regularly if you feel you cannot preform thes tasks alone and consistently. 

Can stretching really improve my sports performance?

Maybe:)  Stretching improves flexibility and range of motion, reducing the risk of injuries and enhancing performance. Incorporating stretching techniques learned at Body Mechanics into your routine can help you achieve your sports performance goals.

Are there any stretches I should avoid?

Avoid stretches that cause pain or discomfort. At Body Mechanics, we focus on ensuring stretches are performed safely and effectively, tailoring them to suit your body’s capabilities and recovery needs.

How long should I hold a stretch for it to be effective?

For static stretches, holding a stretch for 30 seconds is generally recommended or longer. Our experts at Body Mechanics can guide you on the optimal duration based on your individual needs and goals.

Can stretching help with muscle soreness?

Maybe:) This will depend on your situation and type of stretch being preformed. Our team uses a variety of stretching techniques to help manage and reduce soreness as part of our comprehensive approach to therapy.

Conclusion and Further Resources

At Body Mechanics, we understand the critical role stretching plays in not just recovery, but in overall wellness. Our customized approach to therapy, which integrates specialized stretching techniques, ensures that each client receives care that is not only effective but also personal and unique to their needs. Whether you’re recovering from an injury, looking to enhance your athletic performance, or simply aiming to improve your overall health, our team is here to support your journey every step of the way.

For more information on how stretching can be a transformative part of your wellness routine, or to schedule a session with one of our expert therapists, visit Body Mechanics NYC. Let us help you stretch your way to better health!

*Please note that the above information does not constitute medical advice. Before starting any program, you need to consult with your medical team about your personal health and if streching is right for you.  Massage therapists cannot perscribe or diagnose. This guide is meant for educational purposes, not as a recommendation for care. 

Testimonials

I was in pain, and I mean by the truck loads. Stupidly, I ignored it, popped some 800mg Advil and kept chugging along. After a few days of this, I woke up unable to walk upright without being in teeth-clenching misery.I couldn’t put the pain off any more. I asked around and a friend pointed me to Body Mechanics. Luckily, a spot had just opened up and I hobbled over to the office like a man three times my age.I’m not a man that believes in miracles, but believe me when I say a miracle was performed. I don’t know how she knew, but she knew exactly where everything hurt and fixed it. Massage therapy doesn’t even come close to describing what I experienced.I walked out of the office standing straight up, sore in a good way, and, most importantly, pain free. It was worth every damn penny and then some. Do yourself a favor, don’t wait for the pain to win, just go here.

Carl M.

Brooklyn, NY

Beret is my favorite therapist, hands down. With a past in professional dancing and a present in yoga teaching, my body often doesn’t take the breaks it needs. Beret was always able to help. Whether it was a strained hamstring or a migraine, I never walk out of her room feeling I didn’t get all I wanted and more. She is really clear and loves explaining what the problem is, so you an expect to walk out with a wealth of information about your condition. She is not scared of having patients move, even with injuries: as long as you move intelligently, which she will help you to learn. With my life choices and career, this is an incredible value: she truly wants to HEAL you!

M.T.

Brooklyn, NY

I have had severe problems with my neck for years, and more recently with my back as well. A friend of mine told me about Beret Kirkeby and how different she is from other massage therapists. He told me that she had gotten results for his problems that no one else had been able to resolve. So I figured that I would give it a try. I was skeptical. What a difference Beret has made in my lifestyle. For several weeks after my visits with Beret, I feel younger, and pain free again. Now I look forward to my visits to Beret, because I know I will feel better when I leave than I did when I got there

Richard R.

New York City, NY

Beret is an expert in the field of Massage Therapy. Her knowledge far exceeds the industry standard. While attending the Swedish Institute, Beret had assisted me with a treatment plan for a client. She helped me think and act outside the box. Incorporating specific yoga postures within my treatment plan greatly effected change and rehabilitation in a specific muscle region. Beret’s hands on approach may be surprising to some, being that her education is more oriented in Orthopedic style massage. She can not only give a relaxing session, but actually address a condition, treat it, and fix it!!Go check out her beautiful space!!!!

Shannon O.

Brooklyn, NY

Beret led two anatomy workshops for our Yoga Teacher Training this past summer. She is very knowledgeable about the body and how to work with injuries. I feel more confident as a yoga teacher with the knowledge that I gained from Beret’s workshop. I trust her completely, there is no one I know that knows more about anatomy than Beret!

Saskia L.

Brooklyn, NY

Beret is hands down the best massage therapist I have ever had. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that she’s spoiled me for any therapist who is not as talented as she is. When I first started seeing Beret, it was just for general relaxation and to relieve the occasional back pain I get from working long hours at a desk. In addition to that, Beret pinpointed a problem with one of my vertebrae that I didn’t know I had and no massage therapist had ever noticed before. She treated me for it on the spot and completely solved the issue. Now I see her regularly and every time she works on me, I feel like a new woman.I also enjoy talking with Beret during our treatments – she’s incredibly knowledgeable, funny, intelligent and wise.

Kerry P.

Brooklyn, NY

I worked with Beret for a few years at a clinic in Toronto, Ontario. On our down time, we always were discussing and figuring out new ways to treat specific ailments. Beret is an expert with knowing how the body works and what types of stretches, movements or body work needs to be done to help fix a problem area. Her wheels are always turning, trying to figure out the best treatment plan to get to the root of the problem area. Our loss is your gain NYC!

E. Matheson, L.M.T.

Beret is a warm hearted therapist. She makes the effort to find the source of your pain and rehabilitate your imbalances.

J.T.

Queens, NY

I’m not a big review writer, but I thought Berets work on my neck/shoulder injury was exceptional. Firstly, growing up with a father as a traditional Chinese healer and massage therapist-I got a lot of great healing massages. Unfortunately, my father is much older and I feel guilty asking him for another massage!(and he moved back to China)I went to a few massage therapists and they really sucked. I was tickled,poked, and brush with their hands. I thought I could never get as good as a massage/healing unless it was from my father. Last month I injured my neck/shoulder in some athletic ventures and was totally out of the game. I had all these big goals for the summer to be doing calisthenic work that included a lot of pull-ups- NOT with this injury! I was heartbroken and lost-my dad was in China and although ice and heat helped, I didn’t know what else I could do to make it heal faster. Thankfully Beret was available to help me. She is just as nerdy as I am about anatomy and explained to me what might have happened to my neck/shoulder. I love how she spent time with me painting the picture of the injury and what was going on with my neck. I decided to get a massage with her, thinking I might be disappointed- and oh gosh was I wrong! Beret’s massage was, as creepy as it may sound, as soothing as if my father was doing it. Her ability to connect the muscles, have constant flow, even pressure- is something you think all masseurs have right? Well, Berete’s massage did the trick! My neck was feeling soooooo amazing- she even gave me tips on how to stretch and lightly exercise it. I booked another massage with her the following week to speed up the healing process.In 2 session and about 3.5 weeks of healing, I was ready to start doing pull-ups again! Now I am back on track with my summer athletic goals and it’s all thanks to that extra help from Beret’s knowledge and skills.I love her work and her passion for her work- she continuously seeks more and more knowledge to further her skill and you betcha I’m going to get more massages! Oh yes- by the way, I’d like to mention- since I never really paid for all the massages in my life, Im kinda spoiled and don’t like to pay for massages- but I definitely find so much value in her work and seek more of it!

Lucy C.

Brooklyn, NY

Beret is the best massage therapist I know, she has an amazingly in depth knowledge of the human body which she uses to literally heal people.I can’t wait for my next session with Beret at the new beautiful location.

Zalman L.

New York City, NY

Simply amazing! I came to see Beret to help me get a handle of a nagging injury that just recently flared up. I told her my symptoms and she went to work identifying and healing my muscle spasms. I left feeling like a human being again along with knowledge around what i can do to maintain the good work she did. She is incredibly knowledgeable, she helps you to understand what she’s doing and why. For a curious person like me, this was great to better understand how my body works. Can’t wait for my next session.

Melita L.

Milburn, NJ

I have known Beret for approximately 5 years during which time she has been my massage therapist for several long-term and more recent injuries.I am a 44 year old professional male has seen approximately 10 RMTs over the last 20-odd years for a variety of issues; general sports therapy, lower back problems due to damaged L3-L4-L5 disks, a broken foot and strained PCL and ACL. Beret was one of two RMTs with which I had excellent results.I don’t much like having injuries treated and she was always focused on my specific issues and progress. I found her engaging, well informed and professional. I have recommended her to colleagues in the past and have not found a comparable replacement since she left Toronto last year to return to NYC.

Tim D.

Toronto, ON

I was very pleasantly surprised by this brand new facility. It is elegant and peaceful, a rare oasis floating above the hustle and bustle, and only one step away from Grand Central. How convenient is that?I was lucky enough to receive a massage from Beret, who happens to be the owner of the place. As a former dancer and massage therapist myself, my back can get achy and needs regular attention. Beret works on the deeper side, but knows how to adapt to individual needs. Upon my questioning, she told me what she found and which approach she chose to address it and why. She is very knowledgeable, open to discussion and funny!Let’s be honest, as a massage therapist, I am picky when it comes to receiving any type of bodywork. Beret and her sophisticated medical spa doesn’t get just a thumbs from me up but both my hands up! I will be back!

Delia A.

Astoria, NY

Beret helped me immensely after a nasty fall. She has a laser focus for finding the relief button. She has magic in her fingers!! I swear. Her medical knowledge and calming bedside manner make for an ‘spa like’ therapeutic massage. If you are aching even a little bit just do yourself a favor and call her!

Caitlin R.

New York City, NY

As a healthcare provider, I recognize and appreciate professional, courteous service from another practitioner. I found Beret Kirkeby to be both warm and knowledgeable in her delivery of care for my work-related musculoskeletal strains and discomfort. She always maintained a soothing, relaxed atmosphere and “checked in” periodically to ensure pressure was effective yet not uncomfortable. Beret listened carefully during sessions and was always skilled in her response. Without hesitation I would recommend her as a massage therapist.

Ron McFarlan, RN, BScN

Toronto, Canada

I have been looking for a massage therapist since moving to New York two years ago. I’ve gone to several different people throughout the Brooklyn and Manhattan. I found that most spa type places were overpriced for a standard massage or that it was uncomfortable going to a random persons house for massage. Beret has been working on me for about 8 months now and has helped treat a really bad problem with my IT Band (which she also gave me stretches to help remedy) as well as relieve neck, shoulder and back pain. Along with being super knowledgeable she’s been nothing but professional and friendly. I don’t have anything but good things to say about Beret. I’ve referred her to co-workers and friends alike. Definitely schedule an appointment if you’d like to get a relaxing treatment or if you’re experiencing aches and pains.

Ryan G.

Brooklyn, NY

Came here for sports massage as a a last resort for an injury to my achilles tendon (severe achilles tendonitis) and I'm glad I did.  A few massage treatments here helped fix what months of PT could not.  I went from limping when I walked to running again within 3 weeks.  I now get regular massages here for maintenance and general well being.  On top of the work being top notch, the space is beautiful and relaxing.  The massage therapists at Body Mechanics are of the highest calibre and I could not recommend them enough.

Chris L.

New York City, NY

I can't say enough great things about Beret and her team at Body Mechanics. As a former dancer I feel Body Mechanics massage is the place to go for a superior massage. Not only do I have the regular aches and pains from former injuries, I like many others now sit at a computer for 8 hours a day which only adds to the stress in my upper body. I spent years going to a chiropractor regarding neck pain. After 3 massage sessions with Beret, it vanished. Truly.  I've seen other members of her staff for shoulder and hip pains- they are all so incredibly trained knowledgeable about every area of the body - it just works. They all spend time talking to you about what your issues are before the massage and no one rushes you out of the calm and beautifully decorated massage room the moment your time is up. The office and massage rooms are an atmosphere of serenity. Whether you have a body part that is bothering you or just want to treat yourself to an amazing massage that takes you out of the world, you should definitely go to Body Mechanics. I always take cards to give to my friends. They are amazing.

Annie E.

No matter which therapist I see, I know that I will get a professional massage geared towards my orthopedic aches.  

Anna S.

Since finding Beret, I cannot imagine going to anyone else. She is not only extremely well-versed in all forms of massage and integrates them into her own technique (which, simply put, is whatever will work best for you during your session), but is more knowledgable about every single body part, tendon and muscle in my body than my own doctor! I have not had a pain that I've brought to her that she couldn't completely relieve. I even once had terrible chronic jaw pain that I'd been living with for two years. I didn't think of telling Beret of it sooner because I didn't think of massage for jaw pain. Incredibly, she took away the pain in one session. It was remarkable. I've also been to Beret with intense neck pain, back pain and bursitis (in the knee). She knew what to do in each case and in just one or a few sessions (depending on how bad the problem), relieved my pain completely. Beret is simply the very best.

Stacy B.

New York City, NY

Beret is the best massage therapist I've ever seen.  She is so knowledgeable in orthopedic massage and has been an instrumental part in my recovery from major knee surgery (osteotomy).  She took a lot of time to understand my past history and exactly where I've struggled in my rehab.  From there, her expertise showed immediately as she found all the areas where scar tissue had built up and through a mix of massage and stretching, she helped to relieve pain and speed my recovery.  I have been to dozens of therapists over the past 20 years and none were nearly as knowledgeable and thorough.  She really cares and remembers all the specifics of when my surgeries took place and where I should be in my recovery.  I've been to her many times and plan to continue!!

Scott. S.

New York City, NY

Best massage service I have experienced and very competitive price!

Ken B.

New York City, NY

I am a professional classical singer. I have suffered from TMJ for many years. Body Mechanics offers extremely helpful TMJ massage. My symptoms have greatly decreased. I am thrilled with the results and my singing has greatly improved.

Archie W.

New York City, NY

I’ve had terrible TMJ for about 20 years. I see them for their TMJ Massage. I tried everything but nothing worked until I found Body Mechanics.  My TMJ is now under control to the point that I hardly notice it---an occasional twinge if I’m stressed.  Truly a miracle after 20 years of constant pain. I also found that the therapists at Body Mechanics were able to fix an issue I had with a leg that locked up. I’ve tried three of their therapists and have found that, even though their techniques are different, they are all extremely effective. These people really know what they are doing. I don’t know what I could do without my bi-weekly massage. For anyone who has injuries or chronic pain, I couldn’t recommend them enough.

C.L.

Manhattan, NY

Beret has done an amazing job with this place. The space is comfortable, classy, and convenient. I have some back issues that I have been dealing with and after speaking with a few massage therapists and acupuncturists, Beret was the only one who could give me some real information to work with. She showed me what was happening in my hips and lower back, worked extensively on that area, and then gave me some exercises to do at home (along with information about what exercises to avoid - also very important). I trust Beret and I also trust that she has hired the best massage therapists to work beside her. She is very knowledgeable and professional. I would recommend Body Mechanics Massage to anybody looking for some answers or even just for a relaxing massage. Plus, you get some little goodies once your massage is over! I will definitely be back!

S. F.

Brooklyn, NY

These guys are like my new church!! I spent a couple years in constant back pain from a horse racing injury, I search for a solution with a chiro, acupuncture, stretches Etc etc. It wasn't until I went in to Body Mechanics Massage for the first time that I finally felt both understood by the highly skilled staff, in particular Sarah A for her massage., and RELIEF! It was a GAME CHANGER! I have since sent other friends in, and all of them feel the same way I do. If you're need results, go to the people who know how to get them! Love you guys!![related_posts]

Erik C.

Brooklyn, NY

What a relief to have found Beret.  I have been getting regular massages for 25 years now.  I suffer from chronic lower back pain as well as severe TMJ.  When I moved into the city from New Jersey five years ago, my greatest concern was being able to find someone who could address these issues as well as the therapist I had been seeing.  Happily a friend referred me to Beret--and amazingly, she is the best I have ever worked with!  Whereas I always felt good when I got off the table in the past, with Beret, the effects are much longer lasting.  As I am a professional speaker, my TMJ can be a particular problem.  It can affect not only my ability to speak but also my ability to concentrate--my back teeth won't meet and it makes my entire head feel loopy.  I am thrilled to say that since I've been going to Beret, I have had not one single such episode.    I have also noticed better results with my back than in the past, including the work several chiropractors had done.  My problems are primarily muscular, and Beret identified the root cause and applied treatment that has made a real difference! Sometimes I forget that Beret is not a doctor!  Then again, the level of relaxation I feel when we are done with a treatment, not to mention the beautiful facility she provides, serve to remind me that she is simply the best therapist I have been fortunate enough to know.

Sherry L.

Manhattan, NY

I have had nothing but positive experiences since I began going to Body Mechanics Massage at the beginning of 2014. Beret has done an incredible job growing the business, and I am never hesitant to see a new therapist in the event I need to schedule a last minute appointment. The entire staff is well-trained and extremely knowledgeable!

Tim F.

New York City, NY

I first came here after a running injury (IT Band) but stayed and kept coming back because it not only helped my running injury, but I felt more limber after each massage. Great work and great service. I always look forward to coming. [related_posts]

Lily Z.

New York City, NY

Beret is AMAZING. And if you have TMJ, it is transformative- major pain relief- to have a massage by Beret is a wonderful experience. [related_posts]

Jen T.

Manhattan, NY

I have severe TMJ pain and the TMJ massage here is the only thing that helps. Each therapist I have had is super knowledgeable and skilled. Highly recommended.

Brittnay. L.

New York City, NY

I've had several prenatal massages here and all of the therapists have been wonderful. They listen to my problem areas and really focus on those specific areas during the massage. I feel so relaxed and stretched out after. The best massage I have had in NYC!

Yvonne

Manhattan, NY

I have been coming to see Sarah for massage for months to work on a rotator cuff injury. I have have tried everything short of surgery for pain relief. The massage techniques she uses is the only thing I have found that has managed the pain and given me more mobility. Everyone is incredibly  nice and helpful and the space is beautiful.

Mariah F.

New York City, NY

Each time I come by, I feel I am getting the best Orthopedic Massage done here. It really is the best ever.

Suniana K.

New York City, NY

Beret of Body Mechanics Massage is hands down the best and most knowledgeable massage professional I have ever worked with. There really is no comparison.

Allison P.

New York City, NY

The body mechanics space encourages relaxation but also is interesting as each massage room is different and charming. A massage with Beret leaves me feeling as good as a session with my physical therapist and it's certainly a lot more enjoyable!

Lisa L.

New York City, NY

I love Body Mechanics. My therapist Sarah is amazing and really tailors the experience of the massage to what I need. You really get the sense that your problems and specific pains are being addressed rather than just being generally rubbed around. Also the office is very thoughtfully designed and relaxing. Highly recommended.

Amy Chang

New York City, NY

Ivan really knows what he is doing. He is able to work out all of my knots and tight muscles in every session. I feel very relaxed afterwards!

Michael C.

New York City, NY

I had a pain in my neck and shoulder for a while and came to body mechanics to seek relief, Sylvia was amazing and in finding the problem and working it out! I felt great afterwards, so now I stop in 2x a month. Its worth it, don't wait till your in pain. Come get a massage.

Shawn P.

New York City, NY

I have searched near and far and had massages in many states and never found a place that no matter who was providing the massage, it would be reliably fantastic. It is disheartening to spend good money on a Sub-par massage, particularly as many view it as a luxury. For me it is necessary to get a good reliable  orthopedic massage and this is the place.On top of it, everyone is friendly, patient, knowledgeable, and go above and beyond. Once they even put my Tupperware in the fridge and they have chocolate in the lobby ( the good kind!) Also worth noting, the decor and ambiance are a ten, beautiful, relaxing and very clean. a+ all around.

Adrianna

New York City, NY

I’ve had chronic pain in my rotator cuff for years now and Beret has been working on it to help alleviate the pain which has been very successful. I’m excited to see she has opened up anew location and will continue to use her as my massage therapist because she really understands the needs I have with my shoulder issue.

Craig H.

Toronto, ON

I had been feeling extreme pain near my left bicep for a couple of months. I finally decided I’d had enough and saw Beret. Turns out I had torn by left tricep and it had healed incorrectly. Amazingly enough, she was able to do the impossible- not only did it stop hurting that day but the pain never came back. Magic touch.Since then, I have seen her quite a bit…Once for a minor whip lash injury (body surfing on my wedding day, not a smart move) and just recently, for tennis elbow.

New York City, NY

My husband and I have both been in the care of Beret recently. I for prenatal massage and my husband for a bulged disk. Beret does the best work we’ve had. She takes a holistic approach to her practice bringing in her training in anatomy, yoga, breath, physical therapy, diet, etc. There aren’t many professionals in the area that are versed in all areas and can provide the BEST care. We recommend her practice highly.

Caroline A.