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Orthopedic manual therapy

Full-term pregnancy massage in prone position (lying belly down) 60 minutes

Therapeutic stretching

Moist heat & a far-infrared light therapy table

Soft tissue injury therapy for runners, athletes, 

dancers, concert musicians, performance artists, computer jockeys

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Francesco Mariglia, MS.Ac., LMT

I provide medical manual therapy, which is the remedial, deep circulation of energy (qi) and blood to warm, nourish, and moisten the sinews and muscles of the body. The goal is to relieve the body of muscular pain. Medical massage therapy, myotherapy, sports massage therapy and orthopedic massage therapy are also terms one could use to describe my work. For me, the word massage has associations that are far less than the medical rehabilitation therapy that my clients are seeking, so I use "manual" instead.


Whether your pain is caused by trauma to the body, injury, repetitive use, rehearsing the piano, violin, cello, general soft tissue dysfunction, post-surgical obstruction within the tissues, sitting long hours at a computer, traveling, training for a marathon, competitive swimming or baseball, Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics or simply sleeping in an unfortunate position, I am optimistic that 54 years of hands-on experience (24 years of private clinical practice, investigation and research) has qualified me to send you off educated, confident, feeling better, and happy that you made the appointment. 


During our brief intake time within the 60 minute session, we will solve the dilemma of just how you acquired this musculoskeletal/joint pain. After treatment, you may have stretches assigned to you to assist in your recovery and homework for the prevention of this same debilitating condition in the future.

As a NYS licensed massage therapist, I honed my specialized skills in the early 1990's directly on Broadway's finest dancers and principal actors. The mutual goal was to get them back on stage during that performance; a physical pit-stop therapy. By the mid-90's I was one of four premier massage therapists attending all musicals on Broadway. 

I will get you back to your normal daily activities as quickly as possible. A session consists of intake about what happened, the history, and insights you have regarding your condition, consent to treat forms and waivers, hands on medical therapy with moist heat, and therapeutic stretches. My table is unusually comfortable, clients lie upon amethyst crystals and far-infra red light to heal lymph and blood. Amethyst crystals are gem stones that radiate divine love; calm, protect, and inspire the soul.

I use natural, organic nut-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, fragrance-free Sacred Earth therapy oil, and organic eucalyptus and lavender essential oils. Please let me know if you are allergic to liniments or fragrances and I will put them aside. Techniques also include acupressure, tuina, soft tissue manipulation, and other skilled clinical therapies.

If you are in acute pain, you should first see your physician for a diagnosis. Disclaimer: I treat only tendino-muscular pain and am not trained in the diagnosis of an internal or skeletal injury; however, I am highly experienced at assessment of soft tissue injuries.

When appropriate, I do refer patients to herbalists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, osteopaths, podiatrists, nutritionists, physiatrists, and orthopedics.   


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