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George Rodafinos headshotHi. 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.

George Rodafinos showcasing the FMM technique on Cyprus TV show

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George Rodafinos appearing on a TV show in Cyprus

G. Rodafinos Cyprus TV

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.

 

George Rodafinos

Massage therapist and instructor.

 

  • 5 star review  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!

    thumb Shari Lynne Grayson
    5/16/2016
  • 4 star review  I have been receiving therapeutic massages from George for a few months. He is skillful at "getting to the root of the problem" and has developed an effective method of having you engage by using a simple breathing technique which he will teach you (basically just taking a deep inhale and exhaling while he works out tight or tender spots.) You end up feeling relaxed AND get lasting results. I walked in to one session with a very sore shoulder and walked out nearly pain-free and movement has been improved ever since. He is a good and thoughtful listener too . Highly recommend!

    thumb Elizabeth Runge
    2/01/2016
  • 5 star review  I had a series of sessions with George more than ten years ago. His technique is excellent. I was really benefited.

    thumb Thanasis Mandafounis
    10/03/2015
  • 5 star review  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.

    thumb Julie Klein Bliven
    2/20/2016
  • 5 star review  I found George through Groupon originally. I was pleasantly surprised by his efforts to actually fix the problems with by achey back, not just give a relaxing massage where the effects wear off as soon as I walked out the door. His use of pressure was perfect and I felt the results for days. He was able to really focus in on my problem areas and work them out better than I've ever before experienced. His unique technique is amazing!

    thumb Heidi Pound
    2/04/2016
  • 5 star review  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!

    thumb Deb Brown
    3/08/2016
  • 5 star review  I went to see George because I had a very sore neck, and after 3 sessions my neck felt fine. It hasn't come back!

    thumb Carmen Kerr
    10/02/2015
  • 5 star review  George's treatment was definitely a bright point in my day. I've never laughed and cried during a massage in such a pleasant way. I think it was a massage for my mind as much as it was for my body. I would definitely recommend George's treatment for both the body and the spirit. If you need a good laugh, a good cry, or just a good massage go see George!

    thumb Brigette Lynch
    12/14/2015
  • 5 star review  Great work!

    thumb Ξανθή Ηλιάδου
    10/24/2015
  • 5 star review  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!

    thumb Jamison Geisler
    6/07/2016