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We are located at 318 Harvard St, Suite 24, in the Arcade Building, Coolidge Corner, Brookline. 2nd fl, right next to Leader Management. There is an elevator.
318 Harvard St. Suite 24 (Inside the arcade building in Coolidge Corner)
Brookline, MA 02246
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I have been seeing Rick Robiar as my massage therapist for almost a decade...he takes time to understand where the client's pain is and how it might have originated. He is thoughtful, insightful and creative in approach. I am so relieved when I know that I have an impending massage from Rick as I know I will feel rejuvenated and relaxed afterwards. I would recommend him to anyone who wants an excellent massage (and I have!).
-Elizabeth Mora, former CFO of Harvard
Rick Robiar has been my massage therapist for over 5 years. I see him at least once a month, sometimes more if I have a temporary issue such as sore shoulders, or neck or back tension. As a senior citizen with rheumatoid arthritis, my regular sessions with Rick are especially important to my overall health - massage therapy makes me feel calm & content. I know Rick to be an absolute professional, with extensive knowledge of the human body. He's also enthusiastic about his profession & it's benefits. Rick is very attentive to clients' comfort needs (special knee pillows, soft sheeting & towels, etc.), and Rick always asks about background music preferences. One more thing: he has a warm & wonderful sense of humor! On days when I might be down or moody, Rick is always able to lift my spirits along with lifting my aches & pains. I highly & without reservation recommend Rick Robiar, muscular therapist.
-Claire G., Brookline, MA
Rick's professional expertise and intelligent, caring ministrations have my highest recommendation. To those considering the benefits of muscle massage therapy I would urge a consultation with Rick. He has much to offer in terms of comfort and relief.
-John McKey, Brookline, MA
North American and Four-Time United States Senior Amateur Ballroom Dance Champion
My husband and I have been going to Rick Robiar for the past 10-15 years and have referred many friends to him. Rick is a perceptive evaluator of injuries and a versitile therapist. I am often impressed by how well he listens and can adapt his technique accordingly. Rick is a warm, caring, and capable practitioner. I highly recommend him.
-Nan Niland, D.D.S.
1 1/4 hours=$160
Preferred Payment method is check or cash. To keep costs low, credit cards are only accepted by Rick and with a 3% credit card processing fee.
If you cancel 24 hours before a scheduled session then there is no fee. If you cancel within 24 hours you will be charged for your appointment. Cancellations due to sickness or emergencies shall not incur charges.
What kind of treatment will I receive?
You will speak to the therapist before your session begins and the treatment will be designed based on your present needs.
Do I disrobe privately?
Yes. Your therapist will leave and you disrobe privately. You will then lie down on the massage table, (face up or down depending on the therapist and client) beneath the sheet and blanket and your therapist will then return.
Do I remove all clothing?
Usually the treatments are given with the client undressed, but you can decide what clothes to keep on during your session.
What should I expect during treatment?
For massage your therapist will use oil or lotion to massage your face, neck, arms, hands, legs, feet and back. The amount of pressure the therapist uses will be light at first- to warm the muscles up-and gradually increase to work out tightness and constriction. At any time, feel free to tell the therapist if you're in pain. Some soreness is normal, especially if you're new to massage. But your comfort is the top priority, so let the therapist know if you'd like a lighter touch. You should also inform the therapist if you're too hot or cold and the room temperature will be changed.
Will I be covered during the session?
You will be draped at all times while on the massage table and only the area being worked shall be momentarily uncovered. During postural evaluation you are asked to wear underwear and stand and or walk so the therapist can see your posture.
What is the usual length of a session?
One a quarter hours.
The KMI Structural Bodywork has a 3 Series and a 12 Series
Structural Bodywork is a comprehensive manual therapy that attempts to improve posture and reduce pain and discomfort.
It is based on the pioneering discoveries of Ida Rolf and the masterful re-invention of her work by Tom Myers, the founder of the KMI school. (Kinesis Myofascial Integration)
Unlike massage, the therapist does not use oil or lotion on the client.
The hands on work is slow and deep and requires maximum traction and minimum glide.
The goal of this work is to rid the body of restrictive postural patterns by stretching and liberating the underlying fascia beneath the skin.
Fascia is an all encompassing web of connective tissue that encapsulates, supports and carries the various structures and elements of the inside of your body.
How it is shaped decides how you will feel when you move and rest.
Many of us do repetitive things in life that can challenge a healthy posture. Driving daily for long periods of time,
sitting at a desk slumped over a computer or sleeping on an ill suited mattress are just some of the many challenges our bodies face in a modern world.
Structural Bodywork attempts to support you through these experiences.
For instance this is a brief overview of the 3 Series (the 12 Series is much more in-depth):
Session 1 starts with your therapist doing a thorough evaluation of your posture.
The client stands in under clothes or sports attire and the therapist takes notes on a chart to record their findings.
This is important because the whole session will be based on what your body reveals about its relationship to gravity.
Is one of your shoulders higher than the other?
Do either one of your feet, or both of them turn in or out?
Does your head rest centered, above your shoulders or does it come forward?
After your posture is noted your therapist will take a series of four photos. One at each quarter turn. This will be done at the beginning of each session.
This is also important because it removes the guess work and subjectivity from the appraisal of whether or not progress has been made over time.
After photos, the hands on portion of the session begins.
The therapist will start at the feet and work his way up to the hips.
You will be seated on a bench or lying on a table.
At times, after a section of treatment, you will be asked to walk around the room to note any differences you may feel in the part of your body that just received work.
Session 2 is quite similar, except your shoulder girdle, the sides of your back and your abdomen will be the primary areas of focus.
Session 3 has the same sequence. Only this time the focus will be on the spine and neck.
I hope you found this introduction helpful and I hope you try this transformative work.
If you have any questions please call or email me.
Here's to creating a healthy life!