Question: As a therapist, I think there is a certain way to work an area to get maximum effect in the time allotted. Is this correct?
Answer: Yes and no. First, I will tell you that I believe you should always, always be assessing the client and set your intention to work first and foremost with whatever their body is presenting you with on that day. But, there are certain ways in which you can enhance your results. For example, while working the neck, 90% of the time you will get much greater release in the muscles if you first release the ligaments in the cervical vertebrae and mobilize the vertebrae. The mobilization of the vertebrae automatically takes some of the tone out of the muscle tissue. How much tone depends on why the muscle is tight in the first place. You may have to go further and release the first rib, the upper thoracic vertebrae, and/or the head. But I find that mobilizing the bones almost always helps me get more accomplished in my allotted time.