Bill Polk, LMT, NFT
2018 US Champions
Over the past forty three years as a Diabetic, Martial Artist, Body Worker, Massage Therapist, I have developed a bodywork style known as Neurofascial Therapies or Neurostretch. The developement of NFT began after I was diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitis in 1974 at age seventeen. Most of those years were in pain, dysfunction and bewilderment. A blood sugar of 610 left me blind, unable to walk and weighing 101 pounds. My classic symptoms of acne, bad teeth, blurred and jumping vision, irritability, constant migraines, constipation, excessive sugar eating and excessive thirst went undiscovered for 16 years. The Neuropathy in my feet was so bad that amputation was probable. At age 17 near death with a blood sugar of 610 I was diagnosed in my Grandmothers doctors office with Diabetes Mellitis and was immediately rushed to Joslin Diabetes Clinic which was a life saving and revealing experience. I was lucky enough to have Allen P. Joslin as my physician who taught me the particulars of insulin therapy until his retirement in 1976 from the Joslin Diabetes Cinic.
I became a Student/Instructor of Tae Kwon Do at Jae Hun Kim TKD in 1975 until 1979. Training was rigorous and most times grueling with 14 hour workout days. Sugar and Diabetes had ravaged my body to the point of no return. I became strong through that training with Master Jae Hun Kim I recieved my 1st Degree Black Belt and was asked to teach the Northeastern University Tae Kwon Do Club in 1979 and then given the position of Lecturer for Boston Bouv'e School of Human Developement teaching three HSLS courses from 1981 until 1992. This propagated my developement with a very diverse community of students, faculty and staff to work with. I became TKD Instructor to Professor Charles Meszoely who then propogated my interest for Biology and Anatomy Physiology. Northeastern Athletic Training Department Heads, Krekor (KoKo) Kassaban and Dr. Chad Starky became my biggest proponents as I worked with injured students, athletes and staff members to get them back to there athletic and sport endeavors. Olympic Power Lifter Les Sewell and NU Strength Coach Joel St. Cyr took me away from the fear of weight lifting and muscular development to help me understand the needs and importance to/of correction and connection of the human body. The combination of Weight Training, Fascial Stretching, Sports Massage and Corrective Exercises became Neurostretch/Neurofascial Therapies, Dragon's Edge, Wei Chi Meridian Theory and Torque Factor Nine.
I was invited to teach at the Boston Shiatsu School by Dr. Steven Marcus and Kiku Miyuzaki (founder of the school) from 2001 to 2003. I became her personal therapist after her hip replacements and loss of sensation in her back and legs. In 2003 I began teahing at the New England Scool of Acupuncture and then traveled to Thailand to study with Miyuzaki's classmate Master Endo. The experience led me to believe that East and West needed a place to come together.
I was a nationally ranked martial artist at different times in my career for the past four decades before ending my fighting career in 2005. My own athletic achievements guided me to work in sport performance and rehabilitation with professional and amateur athletes alike, including football great Green Bay Packer, Sean Jones, Chris (Knuckles) Nylan, Chicago Black Hawks, Billy (Whiteshoes) Johnson, Atlanta Falcons, Boston College's Derek Knight and Elite Marathoner Daniel Muhendi, Patti Catalano, Elite Marathoners, Dave Klemik, Perry Moss, Said Ahmed, Mariko Cantley and Cyclist Don and Melissa Seib to name a few.
NFT (Neurostretch) Torque Factor 9 is a creative, powerful, and effective way to address common allignment stress/pain, sports injuries, chronic sciatica, skeletal structural problems, plantar fasciitis and many other issues. It combines flexion, extension and rotation of the trunk and limbs to achieve an effective torque factor to connect with the corrective ability that is us. It has become the most sought after modality of our time. The only way to describe and understand NFT's affectiveness is to try it. Persons that experience my treatments learn that the problems they have are not one thing but everything. Ultimately we are self correcting with the proper techniques. Neurostretch is that technique. I look forward to helping those who wish to understand and solve chronic problems. Understanding how Correction and Connection leads to constant enhancement is the goal.
*NOTE: Bill is accepting new clients at this time for those in need of help.
"I started working with Bill several years into my professional career. I was suffering from the typical ailments of dancers - foot pain, knee pain, occasional achilles tendonitis and back pain, hyper flexibility and strength in some areas and extreme limitation in others. I have danced for over twenty years, and I assumed that this was just the nature of my body. After working with Bill I not only walked out of every appointment relieved of pain, but I received the knowledge I needed to improve myself. Now from appointment to appointment I see that I have gained flexibility and balance, and I can prevent the recurrence of pain and weakness by myself. With Bill I care for and develop the fundamental tool of my trade, expand what I am capable of and maximize the precious number of years I can continue to dance. He helps me be the master of my body."
-Mariko E. Cantley, professional ballroom dancer
NEUROSTRETCH DRAGON'S EDGE WHERE YOU CAN FIGURE OUT YOUR STRENGTHS AND YOUR WEAKNESSES WITH SAFETY AND HELP YOU CAN RELY ON