Healthy Manhattan: Spiraling Away the Pain

Written by Daniel Fabiani on . Posted in Healthy Manhattan, Posts.

Arthur Jaffe uses the spiral techniques on a patient.

Arthur Jaffe is a modern medicine man practicing a mixture of Eastern and Western philosophies to cure muscle pain.

The Midtown massage therapist uses spiral techniques, a system of neuromuscular therapy for everyone from the functioning to the injured that helps stimulate the mind and body. The techniques are a formulated blend of hands-on healing traditions, including Chi Qigong, the Dyal Singh Khalasa method, Shiatsu and more. The process is a body rub that penetrates more than a massage and is more integrative than a chiropractic session.

"I traveled the world to learn these techniques after receiving my formal training in massage therapy and combined my knowledge of human anatomy, pain management and the teachings of Mark Lamm and Dyal Singh Khalasa," Jaffe said.

The office where Jaffe practices is small, intimate and easy to relax in. He sees clients three to four days a week, and has trained Carine Vermenot, another spiral techniques practitioner, to take care of weekend appointments. In a one-onone appointment, Jaffe finds where the pain lies in your body then sits you at a rubbing station (similar to those used in a chiropractic session) and begins working on the muscle groups. Using a towel as a barrier to skin-to-skin contact, Jaffe gives a thorough explanation of what he’s going to do, relaxing any of the client’s tension, and then jumps right into the spiral motions with his elbow and forearms.

"Breaking up blockages in the muscles releases an energy flow. It gives people back their life and detoxifies human cells," Jaffe said.

Spiral techniques eliminate a wide range of painful conditions related to muscle, nerve and tissue dysfunctions. Jaffe works with muscles, releasing pain by moving his limbs across them in a spiral motion. When exposed to spiral movement, the body works with it. Some of the techniques he uses are deep tissue, mobilization, assisted resistance, stretching, energy work and other bodywork procedures.

Physical pain comes from a number of sources, such as stress, a sedentary lifestyle (which can bunch up muscles from lack of flexing) and injury. Most of the pain balls up in the abundant connective tissue in the human body, Jaffe said and, like the brain, muscles have a memory that remembers pain and tightens in various places on the body to protect itself.

"The most important thing that the client will take out of the session is the ability to unwind. It’s one of the most profound aspects of the session," said Jaffe.

As humans age, he explained, physical and emotional pain are increasingly linked, ultimately locking muscle memory in place and making a person prone to a number of diseases and creating major discomfort. When injuries occur the body can usually repair itself, but often it requires therapeutic assistance. That’s where spiral techniques become especially useful.

"Every adult should have at least one session in their life, to free them of issues right on the surface just waiting to be released," said Jaffe.

Arthur Jaffe Spiral Techniques Neuromuscular Therapy 

156 5th Ave., Ste. 900