Thanks to "Eric" for sending me this. The following ad was posted in a local classifieds site (http://classified.sarnia.com/) and "Eric" thought the reference to "Reflexology" was funny (it is, but that's not the only funny part).
And by "funny", I don't want to neglect the FACT that there are real harms involved (check out http://www.whatstheharm.net/ - this bullshit can create unnecessary suffering and, at times, cost lives).
Here's the text of the ad: (I re-bolded the headings and italicized it but removed pretty much all formatting - the links are all added by me and are for additional reading)
Simply Serenity Centre for Natural Therapies- NOW OPEN and Accepting New Clients
New Client Trial Offer: 30 min. treatment session for $10. 3 DAYS ONLY from Jan.18-Jan. 20. Call to book your appointment today!
What is Myomassology?
Myomassology is the ‘holistic’ version of Massage Therapy and includes many other bodywork techniques.
Holistic? What does that mean?
It means we assess your ‘whole’ body when designing a treatment plan. If you come in with neck and shoulder pain, we check to see if your spine, pelvis and legs are lined up properly. If you have one leg shorter than the other (for example) it will cause your pelvis to tilt down on one side and your spine to tilt down on that side too. Your body compensates for this by tightening muscles in your neck and shoulder area. This returns your spine to the vertical plane again but the cost to the human body of this correction is non-stop pain in your neck and shoulders. This is called the ‘Body’s Compensation Effect’. It causes tightness in your neck and shoulder muscles. This is an internal force you cannot fight because it is a survival technique. In this very common scenario, Myomassologists use techniques to release tight neck and shoulder muscles then restore correct leg length again to the short leg by releasing tension in muscles in the hips and low back area. Myomassologists treat the ‘whole’ body this way- that’s why they call us ‘holistic’. We view the whole body as totally inter-connected. It makes a lot of sense really.
Are you a Massage Therapist?
Yes and No.
What do you mean?
Yes we receive full ‘Massage Therapy’ training in school and, yes, we are fully accredited in ‘Massage Therapy’ by the largest professional massage association in Canada and, yes, we provide full ‘Massage Therapy’ services for our clients but we do not use these terms to describe ourselves because the words ‘Massage Therapy’ were trademarked by the Massage Therapy Association of Ontario for the exclusive use of their own members. We choose to call ourselves Myomassologists- to prevent confusing the public.
Do you do Swedish Massage?
Yes. In addition we perform Contraction Release Therapy and Leg & Hip Balancing when we want to get therapeutic results for our clients. These techniques are unique to Myomassology. We also offer Tui Na Massage (known as Chinese Medical Massage), Traditional Chinese Fire Cupping (an ancient form of Deep Tissue Massage, thousands of years old), Pregnancy Massage, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Reflexology and much more. Make an appointment with a Myomassologist today- feel the difference a Myomassology treatment makes!
Contact: .......... for more information.
Available Monday-Saturday By Appointment .
The leg length disparity test is dumb. It is no different than what is done with Power Balance bands and is clearly a manipulation by the person doing the test.
With regards to "an ancient form of " and "thousands of years old" - remember, thousands of years ago, we lived half as long as we do now. In about 100 years, we've increased the average lifespan by 50%! If that crap worked, why didn't it correlate to a longer life? (Many of these "treatments" that they claim are thousands of years old aren't even hundreds of years old. Perpetuation of myths is not beyond quack practitioners, I guess.)
Reflexology when sold as anything other than a foot, hand or ear massage is an indication that someone (at least the person receiving the "treatment") doesn't understand biology or physiology. It can't possibly do what they claim it does.
At least with Reflexology you are getting something (a limited massage) - Homeopathy gives you nothing and Healing Touch gives you neither healing or touch!