Massage Modality Minute

Definition of Esalen Massage

Esalen Massage

Esalen massage is a form of relaxation massage that has incorporated many techniques of other massage styles over the years. Many describe it as a slower, gentler form of Swedish massage, but Esalen practitioners also use techniques commonly found in Acupuncture, Feldenkrais, Craniosacral Therapy, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu and Thai Massage. Read More


Definition of Manual Lymphatic Drainage

manual lymphatic drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a form of lymphedema therapy that focuses on removing blockages in the lymph system and promoting a healthy flow of lymphatic fluid. The lymphatic system has many functions, but one of the most important is acting as a recycling system by cleansing the body of bacteria, toxins, large proteins and excess water while defending the body from the spread of tumors and infections. Read More


Definition of Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy is a scientifically based form of massage therapy that focuses on soft tissue manipulation with the intention of rehabilitating the patient by balancing the function of the nervous system and the skeletal system. Neuromuscular Therapists use static pressure, meaning that the same level of intensity is applied constantly from ten to thirty seconds on the same point. This static pressure is most effective on areas of the body in which the patient is experiencing Ischemia, Nerve Compression, Whiplash, Postural Distortion, and Biomechanical Dysfunction. In addition to these problems, many patients experience pain caused by Myofascial Trigger points, which redirect pain from one area of the body to another. Read More


Definition of Feldenkrais Therapy

Feldenkrais Therapy

The Feldenkrais Method is a unique approach to changing bodily awareness and improving the way that people perform some of the movements most essential to everyday life. Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, the system integrates aspects of anatomy, physiology, physics, engineering, psychology, martial arts and neurology to train the body and mind to adopt healthier patterns of movement and self-awareness. Read More


Definition of Reflexology


Originally known as Zone Therapy, Reflexology is a therapeutic treatment that focuses on the stimulation of different points on the foot that correspond to the organs of the body. Based upon the principles of traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture and acupressure, these pressure points, or zones, become sore or tender when the energy of the associated organ is unbalanced. Read More


Definition of Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage is a massage technique that uses heated stones to relax and massage sore muscles. The stones can be used for their heat alone, or as massage tools used in combination with essential oils used in aromatherapy. Basalt rocks are generally used because of their heat retention properties, and are usually heated to around 125-150 degrees using hot water. The smooth, rounded stones are then placed along various points on the body to open up energy channels and promote circulation. Read More


Definition of Reiki


The word Reiki is generally accepted to mean “universal life energy”, and is often mistaken for a form of massage therapy. While Reiki can be performed in conjunction with massage, its true purpose is to direct healing energy to the seven chakras of the patient’s body. Unlike massage, Reiki doesn’t even necessarily require direct physical contact between the practitioner and patient. There is no manipulation of tissue or joints and the only contact, if any, will be a very light touch. The practitioner, instead of directly healing the patient, gives the patient energy to heal themselves. For this reason, Reiki is an excellent complimentary therapy, since it improves the effectiveness of other therapies. Read More


Definition of Deep Tissue Massage

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Deep Tissue Massage Therapy Techniques are used to realign muscle and connective tissues known as fascia in order to relive chronic pain associated with high levels of muscle tension. In many ways, Deep Tissue Massage is similar to classic massage, but since it uses more pressure and is directed specifically towards problem areas, it is more effective at providing targeted relief of symptoms. Read More


Definition of Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu Massage

The word Shiatsu comes from the Japanese words Shi and Atsu, meaning “finger” and “pressure”. Shiatsu uses methods similar to Chinese acupressure and Anma massage, combined with western massage techniques in order to restore the body’s chi (internal energy) flow. This is accomplished mainly by applying pressure with the fingers, thumbs, palms, knuckles, elbows, knees and even feet along energy channels called meridians. These meridians are thought to correspond to internal organs, balancing the flow of chi and aiding in their proper function. Read More


Definition of Swedish Massage

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Swedish massage, also known as classic or therapeutic massage, is said to have been developed in the year 1813 by Pehr Henrik Ling, and has become one of the most widely known ad requested forms of massage in the United States. Ling, a physiologist at the University of Sweden, based the techniques of Swedish massage on strokes used by ancient Greeks and Romans, but the system was originally known as Medical Gymnastics or Swedish Gymnastic Movements. Like most types of massage, Swedish massage relies on the application of pressure to the muscles, tendons and ligaments in order to improve circulation, release toxins and ease stress. Read More

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