FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What makes Mechanical Link different from massage techniques such as Swedish, deep tissue or Neuromuscular therapy?

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Mechanical Link (ML) is a very gentle treatment that gets big results. It is a systemic approach that respects the integrity of the whole body, and is guided by the body's wisdom about its unique needs. A skilled, experienced ML practitioner has extensive training, a comprehensive knowledge of the entire body structure and highly developed palpatory skill. Instead of just treating symptoms, the ML practitioner finds the source of the problem. Those looking for a natural way of improving scars, whether from surgery or trauma, will find ML of special interest.

Mechanical Link is:

  • Painless
  • Uses no messy oil or lotion
  • Progress is faster
  • Results are often felt immediately
  • Improvement continues after treatment
  • Fewer, less frequent treatments are needed
  • Addresses conditions not treatable by other means
  • Safe for everyone, including frail elderly, cancer patients, infants and expectant mothers

Mechanical Link practitioners treat the body's imbalance, rather than specific disorders. It has been found helpful for the following conditions:

  • Back, neck and hip pain
  • Fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Indigestion and reflux
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Constipation
  • Stress and urge urinary incontinence
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Tingling, aching hands
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Athletic injury
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Traumatic brain injury, and more!

Is Mechanical Link safe and helpful during pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is a time of great changes in a woman's body, and ML can help support the pregnancy, reduce complications and ease delivery. Restrictions in the pregnant uterus can be released, and even the fetus can be treated, since the approach is so gentle. During pregnancy, ML treatments at the 3rd, 6th and 9th month are very helpful.

Who can benefit?

You don't need to be in pain to benefit from a bodywork session. Maybe you'd just like to be able to feel younger, move more effortlessly, or play your sport more easily, or prepare yourself for strenuous travel or adventure! Everyone has something that could work better for them, and ML is safe for all. Even if you have had a discouraging medical diagnosis -- or been told "You'll have to learn to live with it", or "At your age, this is normal" -- ML may help you feel much better and enjoy life.

Is Mechanical Link beneficial to children?

With the demands on their growing bodies from sports, (or conversely, lack of exercise), heavy bookbags, and often poor posture, children and adolescents can benefit from ML. Young people have imbalances and restrictions too, which cause problems now, and even greater difficulties later. Special needs children have made remarkable progress from ML sessions, and irritable, colicky babies can be much sweeter when they feel better.

Why have I never heard of Mechanical Link?

The developers and teachers of ML live in France, and teach it all over the world; in Japan, Europe, Russia and North America. In the United States, it requires translation from French to English and classes are given infrequently, about every 9 - 14 months. The curriculum is composed of 8 classes plus review classes. At present, a total of approximately 30 people are actively studying Mechanical Link in North America; the previous group of practitioners was trained about 15 - 20 years ago. The practice of Mechanical Link requires detailed anatomical knowledge and study and highly developed palpation skill. Nancy is the only practitioner specializing in Mechanical Link between Florida and northern Virginia.

Needless to say, manual therapy doesn't have the same financial backing as the pharmaceutical industry for advertising itself.

Will my health insurance pay for your treatments?

Probably not, but if you would like a receipt to submit to your insurance company, please tell me. I do not participate in any discount schemes.

When comparing the cost of my services with treatments covered by your insurance, take into account your co-pay, time and travel as well as overall benefits. Because we are addressing the whole body and all its systems, improvement is generally much faster, treatments are less frequent, about once a month, and results last longer than with most other treatment methods.