The ‘M’ Technique® is a method of structured touch. Each movement and sequence is done a set number of times, in a set pattern, at a set pressure and set speed that never changes. Because each treatment is identical, it is possible to see that results are cumulative and clinical research shows a more profound and increased effect when it is repeated over time.
It works on skin receptors that send signals to the brain. The technique has been described as physical hypnotherapy, ‘a kind of meditation’ and a ‘spiritual dance’. The ‘M’ technique® is suitable for everybody but it was created to treat the very fragile, critically ill, or actively dying patient, or when someone is just very stressed. It is effective on skin or through thin clothing. Touch is one of the basic forms of communication, yet many of us may be apprehensive to touch those who need it most.
The M technique is different to massage because it follows a set structure. Repetition builds up confidence and removes anxiety in the receiver – on the first stroke the receiver pays attention to what you are doing, the receiver recognises the stroke the second time and the third time they know what will happen and so can begin to relax.