Article | Category: Glossary Terms


Description of Offering:
A method developed by Bonnie Prudden in 1976 that is used to alleviate muscle pain and spasms. It focuses on relaxing trigger points and the use of exercise to rehabilitate the freed muscle. This offering is a modern creation (originated after 1800)
Believed Creator(s):
Bonnie Prudden
Bonnie Prudden states that her success was possible due to the support and guidence of Hans Kraus, Janet Travell, and Desmond Tivy.
Offering History:
Myotherapy was created by Bonnie Prudden in 1976 by combining methods she learned from Hans Kraus, who taught corrective excercise in 1943 and Janet Travell who mapped trigger points and referred pain patterns in patients in the early 1940s. Bonnie was introduced to Dr. Tivy in 1970. Over the years they developed a comfortable working relationship. He was performing trigger point injections and sent patients to Bonnie who would locate the trigger points and send them back to Dr. Tivy for injections. The patient would then return to Prudden for corrective therapeutic follow-up exercises to be done at home.
Fun Fact:
You can buy the book to learn how to perform Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy for as little as $10 on Amazon.
Pain Reduction
Other Benefits Received from the Offering:
Increase Strength
Increase Flexibility
Body Maintenance
Increase Circulation in Body
Stress Reduction
Research Findings on Benefits:
Effect of self-myofascial release on myofascial pain, muscle flexibility, and strength: A narrative review
Leonid Kalichman, Chen Ben David
Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Researchers observed a significant increase in the joint range of motion after using the SMFR technique and no decrease in muscle force or changes in performance after treatment with SMFR.
Typical Length of Offering:
61 - 75 minutes
The offering is most often provided...
one guest at a time
Offering Primarily Suited for the Following Type of Spa(s):
Destination Spa
Medical Clinic/Spa
Hospital/Rehabilitation Center
Club Spa (day or residential)
Number of Treatment Providers Needed to Produce the Offering:
License/Certification/Training Needed to Provide the Offering:
Massage Therapist (with supplemental training)
Physical Therapist
Most Common Protocol Available:
Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy
Bonnie Prudden
Myotherapy Bonnie Prudden's Complete Guide to Painfree Living
Type of Space and/or Facility Most Often Used:
Private Dry Treatment Room
Other Spaces and/or Facilities That Can Be Used:
Group Fitness Studio
Locker room, Anywhere with a flat table
How many towels are used (any size)?
Does the guest generally use a robe and/or a wrap for the offering?
How many sheets are used?
How many different products (i.e. lotions, lacquers, scrubs, cleansers, etc.) are used in this offering?
Equipment and Supplies Commonly Used to Provide the Offering Include:
Raised Massage-style Table
Beyond Labor, Linens, Disposable Supplies and Products, what other direct costs are associated with the offering?
Optional to not use a linen and just wipe down the table afterwards.
Comments about offering price:
Typically $90 USD, ranges $80-$90 USD
Publication(s) used to prepare this submission:
Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy Pain Erasure
Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy
history, origin, general
Myotherapy Bonnie Prudden's Gude to Painfree Living
Bonnie Prudden
costs, fun fact
Journal Article:
Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies
Leonid Kalichman, Chen Ben David
Effect of self-myofascial release on myofascial pain, muscle flexibility, and strength: A narrative review
general, research
Author Information:
Alexia Bonis

Florida Gulf Coast University

Alexia was born in Hollywood, Florida and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. She currently is a junior at Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in Resort and Hospitality Managmenet with a concentration in Spa Management. She currently serves and hosts at Bonefish Grill in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Editor Information
Mary Wisnom
Professor, School of Resort & Hospitality Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA