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“Francois is the best!”

“Frank was an excellent massage therapist.  I have had many massages and prefer deep tissue, he was perfect.  I have felt other massage therapists were almost following a book and did things in such an ordered manner but Frank knew what he was doing and honestly it was the best massage I have ever had.”

~ Renee W.


Lauren Finds Relief With Fibromyalgia Therapy

This just in. . . . We keep hearing great testimonials about François’s fibromyalgia work. Thanks for writing yours down for us to share, Lauren!

Fibromyalgia therapy is a gentle and effective hands-on therapy that addresses tender points, coaxes increased range of motion through mild stretching, and utilizes a softer form of trigger point therapy.

This specialized form of therapy is offered by François “Frank” Minani. To learn more or schedule a session, call him directly at 423-863-0390.


Fibromyalgia Awareness Month

In conjunction with Fibromyalgia Awareness Month, Frank Minani, LMT, will be offering new and existing clients the opportunity to experience a unique form of Fibromyalgia Therapy.

Fibromyalgia therapy is a gentle and effective hands-on therapy that addresses tender points, coaxes increased range of motion through mild stretching, and utilizes a softer form of trigger point therapy.

Everyone who calls during the month of May to schedule an appointment will receive a discount on fibromyalgia therapy sessions.

The following rates apply:

30 min = $30.00 (normally $40.00)
60 min = $50.00 (normally $65.00)
90 min = $70.00 (normally $100.00)
This phenomenal deal also waives the $25 assessment fee!

Prepaid packages of 5 are also available.

Please call Frank Minani at 423-863-0390.


Fibromyalgia Sufferers Find Relief

More and more people who struggle with fibromyalgia on a daily basis are finding relief from massage and other manual therapies.  The article, Bodywork for Fibromyalgia: Alternative Therapies Soothe the Pain” by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, was featured in the May/June 2009 issue of Massage & Bodywork magazine, a publication of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals organization.

If you or someone you love is searching for alternative treatments to ease the pain of fibromyalgia, please take a few minutes to call François Minani, LMT.  He has a heart for fibromyalgia and is specially trained in working with those who are dealing with condition.  He can be reached at 423-863-0390 or  He can help!

What do you have to lose. . . .  except the pain?

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Valentine’s Specials by François

The following offers are available for gift certificates for sessions with François purchased before February 14th. Call François directly at 423-863-0390.

Buy One Get One 1/2 Price

Purchase a second gift certificate for half price when you buy one of equal value.

Buy 5 Gift Certificates Get One Free

Receive an additional free gift certificate of equal value to the ones purchased when you buy five.

Special Bonus:

The $25 consultation fee is waived for all Gift Certificates purchased before February 14th.

(Gift certificates purchased for new clients usually include the $25 consultation fee.  We spend between 30 and 45 minutes in consultation and assessment in addition to the hands-on time.  We do this so that we may better focus in on the primary causes of pain or discomfort to make the session more effective and the results longer lasting.)


Fibromyalgia Pain Decreases After Massage Therapy

The April 2002 issue of the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology (Volume 8 – Issue 2 – pp 72-76) reports that massage therapy has been observed to be helpful in some patients with fibromyalgia.

This study was designed by Dr. Tiffany Field and others to examine the effects of massage therapy versus relaxation therapy on sleep, substance P, and pain in fibromyalgia patients. Twenty-four adult fibromyalgia patients were assigned randomly to a massage therapy or relaxation therapy group. They received 30-minute treatments twice weekly for 5 weeks. Both groups showed a decrease in anxiety and depressed mood immediately after the first and last therapy sessions. However, across the course of the study, only the massage therapy group reported an increase in the number of sleep hours and a decrease in their sleep movements. In addition, substance P levels decreased, and the patients’ physicians assigned lower disease and pain ratings and rated fewer tender points in the massage therapy group.

François Minani has a passion for working with people dealing with fibromyalgia pain.  He can be reached at 423-863-0390.


AMMA Welcomes New Therapist: François Minani

Survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, François Minani, his seven children and one grandchild spent a year and a half as refugees in the neighboring country of Burundi before being offered asylum by the United States Government. Their sponsor, First Broad United Methodist Church, helped them to feel at home in Kingsport and enabled them to settle into the community. The younger children headed off to school while François and the older ones went to work and to college.

At home in Rwanda, François had obtained a master’s degree in biology from the National University of Rwanda and had worked as a high school biology teacher and later as education officer for the Mountain Gorrilas Project. Not being used to the physically demanding jobs that he took on in Kingsport, François developed very serious upper back pain due to overuse and repetitive strain. It reached the point in which he stopped working and received intensive care at a rehabilitation center for four months before returning to work. He later developed severe lower back pain. For five years, he vainly tried everything from painkiller medicines and back support belts to a chiropractor. A friend and co-worker then referred him to a chiropractor working with a massage therapist. At every session François received therapeutic massage before being seen by the chiropractor. After only two months of intensive therapy his pain was gone forever! Having experienced dramatic results from this type of care, François decided he wanted to go to massage school so that he too would be able to help others feel better in this way.

With his strong background in science, thousands of hours of hands-on experience and several years of hard work at the Durham, NC Massage Envy location, François is ready to give back to Kingsport and the Tri-Cities area as a whole. We are pleased that François has chosen to join us. He specializes in working with expectant mothers and people dealing with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and depression, as well as upper body pain and stiffness and the modality of cranial sacral therapy. He also gives wonderful Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Sports and Hot Stones massages.

In his spare time, François enjoys walking by the river in his neighborhood, landscaping and vegetable gardening, playing with his grandchildren and spending time with his new bride, Benie.

François offers sessions at AMMA on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Reserve a session with him now before his schedule fills up! He is also offering an introductory rate for a limited time. To speak with him or to arrange an appointment, contact the Appalachian Medical Massage Associates office at 423-288-2662 or call François directly at 423-863-0390.


Open House on December 10th – Come See Our New Space!

Enjoy food and art by local students. . . .  Meet our Newest Therapist, Francois Minani. . . .  Come see our newly renovated space!

Print a PDF version of our Open House invitation here.