NMT is a highly effective style of bodywork that focuses its action on the neuromuscular junction. It is specifically intended to treat myofascial pain. It is different from traditional work because a session will focus on very targeted areas and provide thorough relief each point at a time. By targeting a trigger point, we locate the nerve ending and apply pressure to release long held tension. We deactivate the feedback loop that keeps muscle tense and create lasting relaxation for chronically tense muscle groups. This method is very different from deep tissue massage in its dialog with the recipient's nervous system and the awareness of tissue textures and condition on the part of practitioner. Despite being very deep and specific, this massage is extremely sedating and it is not uncommon to see clients snoozing on the table, dimensionally traveling and having emotional release.
The common trigger points shown on this diagram tend to connect to other nerve areas that are often involved with pain patterns such as headaches, thorasic outlet syndrome, fibromyalgia as well as acute and chronic injuries. NMT is rich in research and was derived simultaneously by multiple osteopaths in Europe and USA. NMT has received several decades of study and continues to spread in popularity today. If you have not tried neuromuscular bodywork, it is definitely one to add to your bucket list.