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Ben Toebbe is a Certified Precision Neuromuscular Therapist (CPNMT) with 18 years of experience releasing soft tissue and re-educating the body for the purpose of pain relief and optimal performance. He graduated from the Cincinnati School of Medical Massage in 1999 and is licensed by the Ohio Medical Board and the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists.
Ben trained with two leaders in his career field; Paul St. John and Doug Nelson. Before owning his own practice, Bodies In Balance Therapeutics, Ben worked for Doug Nelson as a CNMT and he also worked as a teaching assistant for both Paul St. John and Doug Nelson. Ben’s certifications include the following: Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Certified Precision Neuromuscular Massage Therapist (CPNMT), and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
Here are some key principles about Precision Neuromuscular Therapy and how it's different that other massage modalities. PNMT revolves around:
Skilled assessment - figuring out the source of the pain.
Precise Treatment - designing a session that is tailored exactly to your particular needs.
Results - Using benchmarks and measurements, you should see progress in short order.
The goal of general massage is relaxation. The goal of PNMT is problem solving a particular muscular discomfort you are feeling.
General massage systematically addresses every body part equally. In PNMT, the whole session is organized around problem solving your particular discomfort. Precision Neuromuscular Therapists are more like soft-tissue detectives trying to uncover the reason for your pain.
Zoning Out vs. Tuning In - In massage, often the receiver is totally passive and can drift into "neverland" if desired. With PNMT, the therapist will need your input and feedback to discover where the restrictions are hiding.
Event vs. Process - Solving a problem that has been going on for several months does not happen in one session. With PNMT, plan on three to four sessions to see a real difference.