Neuromuscular Therapy is a modality of massage therapy that aims at using massage to make you better. It's all about HOW the massage techniques are used; to engage properly with the body and mind, to make lasting changes.
NMT is direct and targeted, yet gentle, if sometimes intense. NMT improves circulation, releases trigger points, frees trapped nerves, loosens fascia, stretches short muscles and strengthens weak muscles, and (importantly) relaxes you.
It's a full body-mind approach!
NMT is more of a medically orientated massage, looking at not only reducing the persons pain but also trying to find out the underlying cause.
Faulty movement patterns, repetitive strain, pathology, posture, stress, are all considered to best direct the massage treatment to the right areas as well as giving the correct stretches and exercises.
What about relaxing? Relaxation is probably at forefront of massage and why it's so effective. Even trigger point work can be oddly relaxing. If the body and mind are calm, healing can begin. I usually like to start or finish with relaxation type massage, because when we're relaxed healing can begin!