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.
I have lived with back pain ever since I was involved in 2 car accidents (rollovers) in 1993. Since then, I have been in and out of physical therapy, chiropractic and massage, but nothing seemed to work. That is, until I met George. After my first session with George, I was pain free for 4 whole days. It was amazing. That is the first time in over 20 years that I felt that good. After each consecutive session, I feel better for longer periods of time. Another amazing thing has happened. I get taller. At first I thought it was a fluke, but it happens after every session with George. It is definitely not a coincidence. When I get in my car to leave, I have to adjust my rearview mirror upwards, because it is too low for me to see. One hour with George stretches my back out enough that it is noticeable, when I get in my car. Who would've known. Thank you George! Amazing work!
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!
Deep and relaxing
I have suffered from continuous acute back pains, especially the upper back and shoulders. I have tried numerous massage techniques which at best offered short term relief in the form of loosening up, which did not last for long. By coincidence I was told about Mr. George Rodafino’s Functional Muscle Manipulation. And l started. Having completed 8 sessions, I can honestly say that my acute back pains, no longer bother me. l feel that my upper body has been completely loosened, as if an enormous weight has been taken off my shoulders and neck. My stance has completely changed, my back has straightened. I feel light as if I have acquired a new neck and a new spine. The specific technique that is used for this therapy, is smooth harmonious movements and wherever needed they are more intense, their hands seem to go deeper without inflicting pain. instead the sensation is one of relaxation and comforting relief. Thank you George!
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.
I originally found George randomly through a Groupon. After my first session I was beginning to wonder if our crossing paths wasn't so random. I have been dealing with some heavy emotions lately. George's calm and gentle demeanor was exactly what I needed. It was as if he could see through me and knew exactly what to say to make me feel better. Also, his use of Functional Muscle Manipulation and deep breathing techniques were successful in helping me let go of stress and pain. I highly recommend paying George a visit!
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!
I am one of the rare cases that my muscles are so stiff that no permanent solution can be found- thanks to G Rodafinos i managed to to sustain it at a level that i could function daily and live a normal life - no other therapist ever managed to do that I am grateful to Mr rodafinos. Not only he was my "therapist hero" when he was in Athens but he also left behind his student and thanks to the deep tissue method that he tought to Mrs Nelly i feel as i almost have him still near me Probably the best therapist ever walked on Greece Now USA has him - lucky USA....
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!