My name is Irene Diamond, and I developed Active Myofascial Therapy & Active Muscle Massage ~ The Diamond Method.
AMT™ originated as a result of me actually breaking my neck and needing to find relief from chronic neck pain, migraines, and restricted, tight muscles.
I fractured my cervical spine (C-6/7) when I was doing a form of gymnastics called Acro-sports. I was 15 years old, and standing on the shoulders of my partner about to perform a somersault into a 'fish' position in his arms. Instead, I fell to the floor and basically did a head-dive straight onto my head. Luckily my partner was a medical doctor (anesthesiologist) and immediately suspected I had suffered a spinal cord injury. He did “all the right things” to prevent my injury from getting worse. I was completely paralyzed initially, but luckily, after 2 months in the hospital flat on my back, in a halo traction and then spinal surgery, I eventually went on to regain full movement, although in chronic pain...
I went on to finish my high school education and then earned my degree in Rehabilitative Recreation and Movement Therapy, I used myself and my clients as the first “guinea pigs” to learn the affects of applying AMT to various musculo-skeletal conditions.
Over the years, I have now fine-tuned the Active Myofascial Therapy into a recognized 7-step rehabilitation and pain relief method that I teach to therapists from across this country and others. I'm honored therapist in many cities now provide patients with long-lasting, powerful results and benefits.
I am grateful to be recognized as an industry leader for my work, and was inducted into the Massage World Hall of Fame in August 2013, aboard the Queen Mary, in Long Beach California.
It thrills me to continue to provide Active Myofascial Therapy in my San Francisco Wellness Center to a select few patients a few days a week and help therapists grow the practice of their dreams through mentorship in running their clinical practice.
I look forward to continuing help patients and therapists build better lives!