At Georgette Yannetti’s Myotherapy practice in Greenpoint, massage isn’t just about a rejuvenating your body but it’s a comprehensive treatment of your ailments.
Myotherapy is a form of manual therapy. It focuses on the treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and the conditions associated with. There is a comprehensive evaluation process before the therapist undertakes the treatment of the joints, nerves and muscles in question.
Yannetti takes it a step further with her unique modality. For Yannetti it’s important to know not just about your physical pain about your emotional state of affairs as well. In addition, Yannetti incorporates her training as a nutritionist into this practice by asking clients about their diets. As a result, armed with this arsenal of knowledge about the patient, she is able to conduct a massage to best meet the needs of her client.
Yannetti also encourages her clients to talk about what worked and what didn’t for them after each session – in fact a large couch located next to Yannetti’s work desk just as you enter her studio, also affords clients an opportunity to relax and process their treatment once it is complete.
Prior to opening her own practice at the Java Street Studios, Yannetti worked at the Shibui Spa at the Greenwich Hotel in Manhattan. She found the work to be all consuming – often focusing more on the massage itself rather than the overall therapeutic aspect of it – not to mention the number of clients she had to see each day. She does emphasize, however, that her experience at the Shibui Spa has made her practice all the more strong as she pursues her own.
At her own practice she’s able to give more to each of her clients, and be able to process all of their concerns and discomforts without the pressure of pleasing a corporate overlord or rush to her next client.
Yannetti’s career path was inspired while training to be a professional gymnast. Her budding career was cut short when she was diagnosed with scoliosis. She had been operated on 4 times by the age of twelve. But instead of that letting it defeat her she decided to take up a practice that would help her to process her own pain but also aid others in a similar situation.
“I still have pain, but I have just learned to manage it better now,” said Yannetti. “But I’ve been able to channel those struggles into my practice, and that’s where my passion comes from – to be able to help people. I want to be able to teach people how to take care of themselves as well, aside from the therapy.”
Greenpoint was a natural fit for Yannetti to start her business because her husband has been working in the neighborhood for the past five years. Plus the studio, located on a quiet industrial corner of Greenpoint, also provides an alternative to the hustle and bustle of Williamsburg, where she had originally planned to open.