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I can respond to questions about migraines and headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand-wrist-arm pain, upper back pain, and other assorted and miscellaneous pain symptoms. I can also respond to general questions about massage and how to select a massage therapist.

Experience in the area

I have been a massage therapist since 1992 specializing primarily in pain relief techniques. I utilize the St. John Method of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT) and other bodywork modalities. I'm The Pain Relief Coach online.


Professional Member of American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCTMB)



My initial training in massage was at Health Enrichment Center in Lapeer, Michigan. I have had advanced training or workshops with Kurashova Institute for Studies in Physical Medicine, St. John Neuromuscular Institute of Pain Relief, Center for Self-Healing and many others. I now share my education and experience as a Massage Instructor and Pain Relief Coach.

Awards and Honors

The highest honor I receive is when someone tells me that they finally understand why they had pain, that they took action and that their pain is either less or is totally gone.

Past/Present Clients

I have done well over 20,000 therapeutic massage sessions, primarily with clients with various types of pain or painful syndromes.

What do you like about this subject?

Bodies are SO logical. They heal. They want to be well. Massage is all natural medicine!

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

My goal is to help people understand why they have pain and the simple, natural steps they can take to become pain-free. The more you understand about your logical body and what it needs to be and feel well, the better you will feel.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Trigger points! Some people have heard the term or think they know what trigger points are but there is a lot of misunderstanding. A trigger point is NOT just a tender area--it is an area that refers (triggers) pain somewhere else in your body.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

1. Massage is part art, science, skill, dance and heart. Each massage practitioner is unique and has different skill levels and technique abilities. 2. Muscles are responsible for almost all pain. Massage is the key to unlock almost all physical pain.

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Recent Answers from Kathryn Merrow

2017-01-25 Neck:

Yes!  Exactly, James.     There are therapists who are trained in trigger point massage and who can gently work out tight neck muscles without rubbing.  They may use some gliding to warm the area but then

2016-05-03 Knot in my chest.:

Hi Daniel,    People don't usually complain of a knot in the chest but it could happen.  The good news is that it's easy for you to reach yourself, unlike a knot in the back.  It sounds like you 'slept

2016-01-17 Practices:

Hi James,    Good questions.  Here are some answers.    Very light finger gliding over the skin is supposed to close the capillaries and stop a histamine response (itching) if the skin has turned red from

2015-11-13 the cope method?:

Hi Rick,    I've not heard of this technique by that name but it's a form of myofascial release.  Myo means muscle and fascial refers to the fascia.  Fascia is a connective soft tissue which encases all

2015-08-21 Great Massages:

Hi Larry,    Oh, that's great you are having wonderful massages and have found a great therapist!    She is even nicer than I am.  :)  I walk clients to the door and watch to make sure they get into their


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