Hi. I’m George Rodafinos.
I started my training in 1988, attending a two-year physical therapy school in Greece. The second year I did my internship with a chiropractor.
He was globally renowned in his field and was using a very new technique to prepare his patients for the adjustments. It was called Deep Tissue Massage.
After teaching me all he had about it, he stated:
“Mr Rodafinos, it takes me an effort of 3 months to teach the deep tissue to my assistants. You took it out of me in 3 days.”
Deep tissue felt barbaric to me. I felt that we were waging a war against the patient’s defences, when we could negotiate the release of those chronically contracted muscles.
I changed the way I was practicing it, even in those first couple of weeks as his assistant.
I incorporated a deep, natural sigh of relief. I changed the pressure to gradual, to a form of a dialog between the therapist and the patient’s defense mechanism. When it comes to tight muscle spasms releasing, it turned out that slow was indeed faster. The patients were asking for me instead of my colleagues, the chiropractor was satisfied that the patient’s resistance to his adjustments was much reduced after my sessions.
It took me years to acknowledge that I had created a new technique. It was the feedback of the patients that led me to understand that. I would bump into an older client and they would often say something like:
“Do you remember me? I came to you after two years of daily headaches, and after I had tried practically everything out there to no result. You took my headaches away and it’s been five years without them.”
I was as startled by those cases as they were. A series of questions needed answers. Why is my technique so different in its results than anything else I know out there? What is the mechanism of this chronic contraction, and how am I addressing it?
I researched and came up with the understanding of how the sympathetic nervous system is in control of those tight muscles and not the central nervous system as it is still believed to be. My technique helps the sympathetic trust and release. My guidance allows the brain to reconnect with those muscles and take back control. This restored ability is what ensures the long term results that my patients have. I called the technique Functional Muscle Manipulation because I am addressing and improving the function of the systems involved: Physical or emotional hardship > sympathetic reaction > neuromuscular contraction.
I practice the Functional Muscle Manipulation ever since. In 2007 I started teaching it. I taught a few colleagues from Greece and Cyprus, in small groups.
During a number of summers I practiced my technique at a holiday resort. The laid back attitude of people in their vacation brought some really fast little therapeutic miracles. The fame of the Functional Muscle Manipulation was spreading abroad. There were vacationers that read reviews about my technique on european forums and would plan their vacation to the specific resort to try my therapy.
My clients were so impressed with their results that I would be invited to 5 or 6 different countries every year to give them some more treatment. Out of those I only took advantage of an invitation to Germany for a week and to Riyadh, S. Arabia where I treated a princess.
The most watched TV show in Cyprus invited me to a two hours presentation of me and my technique. Their viewers response was so intense that the show asked me on the air to start a practice in Cyprus. After that I did a couple more TV shows in Greece.
Eventually the economy of my country collapsed and I moved to the US in 2014.
I also studied Manual Lymph Drainage in France and Austria, Reflexology in Greece, and Massage in the UK. I hold 6 diplomas from 4 different countries.
I worked as an independent provider at Bhakti Wellness Center in Edina, MN for two years. In Nov. 2017 I moved to my own practice, in the beautiful S. Minneapolis.
Massage therapist and instructor.
By far the best massage therapist in Greece. Sorry we lost you to the US 🙁
George is truly amazing! Like so many others, I have been suffering with chronic back, neck and leg pain, and I have tried various massage therapists and chiropractors. They provided some relief, but George is the one who provided significant relief! After only one session with him I woke up the next morning without back or leg pain, and with renewed vitality! He found tightness in places I didn't even know existed. And I appreciated how he educated me about his technique. I am so happy I found George, and I will go back for treatments as much as possible!
I'm always skeptical when working with a new massage therapist, but George quickly won me over. George is highly skilled and knows just how to find the right spot. His physical manipulation techniques are very effective at relieving tension. The unique thing thing about George's work is his use of breathing for emotional release, which has been healing for me. I'm having far fewer tension headaches after just a couple sessions. Thanks, Geeorge!
My sessions with George were the best thing that ever happened to my body. I had visited other therapists but nothing was ever like George's way! At the time I had so many issues to deal with, I felt unprepared to face them and didn't even have the will to do it. Some big and rapid changes in my life brought me to a state of panic! All my body was in pain. I dislike drugs and the doctors' way and George was the perfect answer for me. I felt that as my body was healing my entire self was healing too. I learned so many good things and I had a better way facing my life. I still remember walking away like I was flying! Yes, this is true! Like he had lifted a huge weight off of my shoulders. I am grateful to have met you, George, and thankful for your treatment. I wish you a great start where you are now and to help more people to recover.
Back in 2008 Ι read one of George Rodafinos’ articles about the Functional Muscle Manipulation. He was discussing how physical traumas from an accident but also emotional tensions since childhood would be stored as memory in the muscles creating chronic contractions, acute pain and restricted mobility. The FMM with it’s deep, precise pressure and friction and with the deep, relieving breathing, helps in liberating this chronic muscle tension. All I read resonated with me. So I decided to study this technique. During the lessons I was receiving therapy and I was giving to others. I very well remember how ‘light’ my upper back felt after the first lesson. For 2-3 days after I kept feeling 'something happening’ in the whole length of my back, like it was ‘working’. After each lesson I felt the need to stretch and my whole back would ‘pop', especially the upper part, where I had my postural problem. My whole body gradually started feeling lighter, free and flexible. Others were noticing that my body was not ‘bent forward' anymore. A unique thing that happened to me after a lesson: While on the bus returning home, Ι found myself sobbing, but without crying, while at the same time I felt great emotionally. The FMM opened up my breathing, made it deeper and wider in my every day life. 'A straightening of the back may bring many changes in our being’. From the book 'The school for Gods' by Stefano Elio D' Anna
They aren't kidding with the "deep" part. I'm 2 sessions in and came out both times knowing things are different. The effects have lasted for days in the hopes it will last longer with more sessions. George is very willing to share the science behind what he does.
George is a rare find. He puts so much of himself into the work he does. You can feel the difference. His technique is special and very healing. He does an amazing job of gradually working into the muscle. Therefore, unlike so many other massages it is painless and comfortable. I felt so revitalized after his therapy. I cannot wait for my next appointment.
George has been helping me work through some shoulder pain. I walk out of there each week able to turn my neck completely to both sides again. We're making progress!
Excellent job! I went in for pain in my neck and back and walked out with no pain! George does great work.