Unveiling the Jing method: Fix in Six

Author: JING TV! Advanced Massage Training

Hello and welcome to this weeks episode of JING TV! Today we are going to talk about the Jing 'Fix in Six' method. Yes. How you can get results in one to six weekly treatments with your clients.

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Yeah absolutely. I think, so, the Jing method has completely developed over time. I think one of the things was, people came to courses at Jing and then other people called up and would say "I want a Jing massage" and we were like, 'a Jing massage'? What's a Jing massage? And then we started to realise that actually we had put together something that is quite unique. So it's called the Jing method and it's a fusion of advanced techniques that Rachel and I both felt worked best in our practices, and elevated us as massage therapists.

Made us much more efficient at getting people out of pain. So the different techniques that are involved in the Jing method are? We remember it by a mnemonic, don't we? HFMAST. So the first technique that we use is at the beginning of a treatment we use Hot or Cold, for acute or chronic pain. And then, F, so we use Fascial work. We do lots of myofascial work.

Unveiling the Jing method: Fix in Six

Both direct and indirect techniques. M stands for Muscles and in our case actually Trigger Point work. Treating all the muscles around the joint for trigger points.

Yeah, so trigger points really, I think, both of us feel like that was the first thing that really changed our practice and made it something that was much more efficient. So when somebody came into pain, came into the clinic with pain and they gave us their pain pattern we could say right, well these are the 4 muscles that it might be coming from. So HFMAST, we've gone through Hot, F for Fascia, M for Muscles, A is the inclusion of Acupressure points which both Rachel and I studied as actually our first port of call in massage therapy. So my first course I ever did was in Shiatsu and you did Amma (I did, yeah) and so we involve putting in Eastern practices into our teaching protocols.

S, S stands for Stretching. The work of Janet Travell around trigger points taught us that we should also stretch the muscles after we've treated them for trigger points (yep) so we put stretching techniques towards the end of the session, towards the end of the protocol, and we teach lots of different methods of stretching so static stretching; PNF or MET - muscle energy techniques, which are 2 very similar techniques; active isolated stretching and actually recently we've also started to include fascial stretching and something called functional stretching, which is taught by a guy called Eyal Lederman, who you'll see in other episodes of JING TV! And I guess also, you know, soft tissue release can be put in that category as well as one of the things that we use. Staying with our HFMAST idea.

T. Last letter, which stands for Teaching and that's really important. That's teaching the client how to do self care exercises, I mean usually stretching but also just like a little discussion around their pain. I think one of the great things about being a massage therapist is that you get the time to offer that kind of information to your clients. In fact that is a huge empowerment, that doesn't happen a lot, kind of in a normal, medical framework (yeah) because they don't get as much time. I don't really, I'm not a big fan of putting down GPs or putting down the medical industry and saying, you know, 'they should'. It's like, they don't get an hour with clients (no absolutely), and we do (we do which is really important), the teaching part is really, really important. So Fix in Six is really a development of doing a HFMAST protocol dealing with different pathologies.

We should probably explain the actual Fix in Six bit. (Sure.) As well shouldn't we? So the idea is that Meg and I felt that after training in lots of different techniques that no one technique by itself consistently made a difference with clients. So if a client was coming in with low back pain it wasn't that trigger point therapy worked every time or stretching worked every time or just, you know telling the client to go off and do stretching by themselves, you know, worked every time, but actually if you included lots of different elements within a treatment we were more likely to get better, quicker, faster results. Hence those elements of HFMAST that we've come up with and I think it bears saying that we've learnt lots of techniques that never made it into the mix.

So not all the things we've trained in we felt were clinically effective (no) in practice (no) in terms of getting results. So the Fix in Six idea, and of course we don't promise to 'fix', that's not something that we do as massage therapists, it's just handy that six rhymed with fix (hahaha) but we do aim to reduce pain quickly and easily for clients and we aim to reduce and/or increase range of motion significantly by the third weekly treatment (yeah, third of fourth right?) yeah, definitely. So what we say if someone comes to us in pain is: if you come to me once a week for up to six weeks we should start to see a decrease in your pain after, you know, week 3 I'd be expecting, maybe not a total reduction in pain but some kind of significant (yeah) result.

Just so you know you're going down the right track. Yeah absolutely. If you're not getting, I say to my client if I'm not getting that after 3 weekly sessions I'll be looking to totally change what I'm doing, adapt what I'm doing, or to refer you onto somebody else who I think might help you better. And that helps clients feel like they are on a pathway where they're going to see some change. So we're not saying come indefinitely to get treatments and MAYBE something will happen.

And this really changes peoples practice who come to the Jing Institute for training because whereas massage perhaps previously might have been taught to them as a relaxation treatment and people come and get a luxury. This really moves them into therapy. In fact when we started teaching we were doing these individual protocols for different areas of the body (yeah) but then we realised actually, a foundation in those techniques would be really supportive. And as our lovely graphic designer has made me say "show them Meghan, show them where they can find it" and so this is the course if you ever get one of our brochures.

It's called the Foundation in Advanced Clinical Massage and its for people who have been in practice for a while, who really want to understand those core elements. So trigger point therapy; myofascial release, which we've been teaching for many, many years; stretching; deep tissue and forearm work; also how to save your body (yeah) and then the Eastern approaches. And all of that happens in 3 days! So that, if that's something that's interesting to you, you can join us on one of those courses, Rachel and I teach those about 5/6 times a year. You can find them at www.jingmassage.com. If you can't get to a hands on course then the DVD is downloadable from the website. That's true, right. With all of those techniques on there.

We have, totally, she's so smart. There's a whole DVD and you can download the whole DVD or you can go into sections. So you could just look at the myofascial section or the trigger point section.

That's in our shop. But also dialogue with us about it, if you wanna know different things about different techniques, you can get on our Facebook page, ask some questions. Or, on Twitter (yep) and then of course you can also train yourself on our online low back pain course and really understand the Jing method. So we hope to hear from you, ask us questions and we will do our best to support you along your Jing journey.

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