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What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is recognized as
one of the oldest methods of healing, with
references in medical texts nearly 4,000 years old. In fact, Hippocrates,
the "father of medicine," referenced massage when he wrote, in
the 4th century B.C.: "
The physician must be acquainted with many things, and assuredly with rubbing."
days, in addition to "rubbing," massage therapy,
often referred to as bodywork or somatic therapy,
refers to the application of various techniques to
muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that
include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding,
vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression
using primarily the hands, although massage
therapists do use other areas of the body, such as the
forearms, elbows or feet. All of the techniques are
used for the benefit of the
musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of
In fact, massage therapy positively influences the overall health and
of the client:
Physical and Mental Benefits
relaxes the whole
relieves tired and
flexibility and range of motion
calms the nervous
lowers heart rate
enhances skin tone
assists in recovery
from injuries and illness
- reduces mental
- promotes restful
- aids in mental
Currently, there are well over
100,000 massage therapists practicing in the
United States alone. Training requirements vary from state to state,
increasing number of schools and states recommend massage therapy
of at least 500 hours training. As of March 2004, 33 states and the
Columbia have official massage licensing regulations, and other states
Learn more about specific massage
techniques and related terms by clicking on
the links below (Note: New techniques and terms are added on a
- Acupressure is an ancient form of healing believed by some
to be even older than acupuncture. It involves the use of the fingers
(and in some
cases, the toes) to press key points on the surface of the skin to
stimulate the body's
natural ability to heal itself. Pressing on these points relieves muscle
promotes the circulation of blood and qi
(pronounced "chee") -- the vital energy or "
life force" -- to aid in the healing process.
Acupressure and acupuncture
are somewhat similar. Acupressure is sometimes
referred to as "needleless acupuncture," because both forms of
healing use the
same points to achieve the desired results. The main difference is that
acupuncturist stimulates points by inserting needles, whereas an
stimulates the same points using finger pressure.
Stimulating specific points on
the body can trigger the release of endorphins
(chemicals produced by the body that relieve pain). When endorphins
released, pain is blocked, and the flow of blood and oxygen to the
is increased. This causes the muscles to relax and promotes healing.
acupressure, as with most traditional Chinese medicine
concepts, local symptoms
are considered an expression of the whole bodys condition.
When performed correctly,
acupressure increases circulation, reduces tension and
enables the body to relax. Reducing tension, in turn, strengthens the
system and promotes wellness. However, applying acupressure too
using too much force during treatment, can lead to bruising and
care should be used when applying pressure to points on or near the
groin, armpits or throat. Special care should be when treating pegnant
those with recently-formed scars, burns, infections or skin lesions.
- Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used
systems of healing in the world. Originating in China some
3,500 years ago, only in the last three decades has it become
popular in the United States.
Chinese medicine asserts that there are as many
as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, which are
connected by 20 pathways (12 main, 8 secondary) called
meridians. These meridians conduct energy, or qi (pronounced
chee"), between the surface of the body and its internal organs.
Each point has a different effect on the qi that passes
through it. Qi is believed to
help regulate balance in the body. It is influenced by the opposing
forces of yin and
yang, which represent positive and negative energy and forces in the
human body. Acupuncture is believed to keep the balance between yin and
thus allowing for the normal flow of qi throughout the body and
restoring health to the
mind and body.
Several theories have been
presented as to exactly how acupuncture works. One
theory suggests that pain impulses are blocked from reaching the spinal
brain at various "gates" to these areas. Since a majority of
acupuncture points are
either connected to (or are located near) neural structures, this
acupuncture stimulates the nervous system. Another theory suggests
acupuncture stimulates the body to produce narcotic-like substances
endorphins, which reduce pain. Other studies have found that other
substances called opiods may be released into the body during
Unlike hypodermic needles,
acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin, and they
are not designed to cut the skin. They are also inserted to much more
than hypodermic needles, generally no more than a half-inch to an inch
on the type of treatment being delivered. While each person
acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of pain
needles are inserted. Some people reportedly feel a sensation of
others feel relaxed. If you experience significant pain from the
needles, it may be a
sign that the procedure is being done improperly.
Technique - According to Alexander Technique International,
Alexander Technique "is a means of consciously attending to how one
any given activity, consciously inhibiting one's habitual way of doing
and then consciously directing oneself in a more coordinated way."*
Developed by Austrailian
performer F.M. Alexander in the early 19th Century, the
Alexander Technique is unlike massage or bodywork that is used to treat
conditions, illnesses or ailments; rather, it is a form of education
designed to improve
one's self-observation in relation to movement.
Instructors of the Alexander
Technique, use noninvasive hands-on methods to
assess movement, then educate students on how to become more aware of
movement and enact specific changes in order to reduce physical stress
body and/or improve performance.
Massage - Like humans, animals are
susceptible to injury, debilitating disease and stress, and
can benefit from massage. Massage therapists have built
entire practices around horses (Equine massage),
and cats; some practitioners even work with birds and
In addition to making house calls, therapists that work with
animals work in veterinary offices, and with police departments, animal
breeders. Working animals -- such as horses, and police and show
dogs -- can
benefit from massage on a regular basis; however, massage is also
house pets, and can ease arthritis and muscle pain, and increase
range of motion. Other benefits include detoxification, increased
performance and decreased anxiety.
- Many essential oils that are derived from plants, herbs,
flowers, and roots have beneficial therapeutic qualities.
Aromatherapy involves the "burning" of essential oils to
elicit a desired effect; for example, lavendar is known to
induce calmness and relaxation. When combined with
bodywork, aromatherapy can enrich the massage
experience immensely. A few drops of essential oil can
be added to massage cream or oil and applied to the
skin. Professionally trained aromatherapists also blend
oils to treat specific conditions. Only experienced
professionals and/or those knowledable in the properties
of aromatherapy should attempt to blend oils or utilize them in
practice, as some oil
combinations can be toxic, while others can burn the skin.
Oriental Bar Therapy™ - Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy
developed in 1995 by massage therapist Ruthie Hardee. Ashiatsu comes
Japanese words ashi (foot) and atsu (pressure), and is an
ancient form of bodywork
associated with traditional shiatsu and some
dynamics of traditional Chinese medicine
There are distinct differences
between Ashiatsu and Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy.
Clients lie on massage tables, while practitioners perform Swedish
their feet by utilizing two overhead stationary bars to maintain balance
Because therapists can also
perform deep-tissue work using Ashiatsu
Therapy, this technique can help extend a therapist's career by
and extremity pain associated with performing more demanding forms of
Bodywork - Asian bodywork is a general term that describes
forms of bodywork that originated from Asian countries and/or cultures,
acupressure, chi nei tsang, Five-Element
Shiatsu, integrative eclectic shiatsu,
Japanese shiatsu, medical qigong, shiatsu,
Thai massage, tuina, zen
Massage - Ayurveda is a practice that originated in India
thousand years ago. The practice involves balancing the three life
vata, pitta, and kapha. Vata is the energy of
movement; pitta, the energy of digestion;
and kapha is the energy of structure. These energy forms are made
up of the
componenets and combinations of the five great elements: Space, Fire,
massage incorporates the knowledge of
ayurveda and uses warm oils and herbs along the specific
energy points to help restore balance to the body. Massage
strokes, oils and herbs are selected based on a client's
specific needs; hence, each treatment is highly customized.
Benefits of ayurvedic massage include vitality, stress reduction,
and relaxation. Proponents of ayurveda also report a renewed sense of
connection and inner peace.
Massage - Chair massage, also known as seated massage, is fast
becoming one of the most popular ways in which to practice. Generally,
massage is administered onsite at various locations, including health
shopping malls and in corporate settings. Clients remain fully clothed
generally last from 15-30 minutes. Chair massage is usually limited to
neck and arms.
Therapy - Color therapy is a form of energy
work based on the theory that light deprivation leads to
dysfunction in the body. Since each color has its own
frequency and vibration, specific colors are used to treat
designated parts of the body. The body, in turn, responds to the
of the color and works to correct the dysfunction.
For more information on this technique, check
Tissue Massage - Connective tissue massage is similar to
myofascial release in that it involves working with the body's
fascia, or soft tissue,
to relieve pain, tightness, and discomfort. The idea behind connective
massage is that restriction in one area of the body negatively affects
of the body. Practitioners of this technique "hook" their
fingers into the connective
tissue and utilize pulling strokes to lengthen the area. Benefits
reduction, tension relief, improved mobility and stress reduction.
See also Soft-tissue massage.
Therapy (CST) - CranioSacral Therapy was developed over
20 years ago by Dr. John Upledger, while he served as a researcher
professor at Michigan State University. This gentle, hands-on technique
the craniosacral system -- a system of the body composed of membranes
cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
CST to loosen and release restrictions or "blockages" in the
body that can
contribute to pain and dysfunction; removing such blockages improves
functioning of the central nervous system and body as a whole.
CST is effective at treating a
number of problems, including pain, headaches,
central nervous system disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, stress,
more. Proponents of CST also claim that it aids in improving mental
- Massage cupping has been used in traditional Chinese
practices for several thousand years. Practitioners
light an alcohol-soaked cotton ball with a match
and insert the lit portion into a bulb-like glass "cup"
in order to create a vacuum. The cup is then
placed in a stationary position upon the body or
moved using gliding strokes, depending on the
client's needs. Massage cupping is ideal for
performing deep-tissue massage and
drain toxins, loosen adhesions, facilitate blood flow,
and stimulate the body.
For more information
on massage cupping, read Anita Shannon's article, Massage
Cupping for Health Care Professionals," in the February 2004 issue
Today at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/02/04.html.
Massage - Deep-tissue massage utilizes slow strokes, direct
pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles with the
or elbows. Deep-tissue massage works deeply into the muscles and
tissue to release chronic aches and pains; its purpose is to reach the
the surface muscles.
Practitioners must have a
thorough understanding of the human body and have
been trained to administer deep-tissue massage, as injury can occur if
is not performed properly. This technique is useful in treating chronic
inflammation and injury.
Massage - This term refers to the practice of massage therapy
horses. Benefits include increased flexibility, injury prevention, pain
improved performance, among others. (See animal
Shiatsu - In traditional shiatsu,
practitioners apply pressure to
specific points on the body to help release energy imbalances.
Five-element shiatsu incorporates the five-element theory of
traditional Chinese medicine in which the meridians on the
body correspond to specific elements -- Wood, Earth, Fire,
Water, and Metal -- and are the foundation for the balance of
ying and yang. When one or more of these elements is out of
balance, sickness and/or emotional imbalance can occur. Practitioners
five-element shiatsu apply pressure along the meridians in order to
blockages and help restore balance to the body and enhance the body's
Massage - Geriatric massage involves treating the elderly, often
resident-care facilities, and addressing their needs related to aging,
and illness. Geriatric massage is usually shorter in duration, and
application of gentle techniques to facilitate pain relief, relaxation,
and an overall
feeling of wellness.
- Hellerwork is concerned with emphasizing the body's structural
balance and realignment through deep-tissue
work and movement therapy
techniques. Hellerwork is administered over the course of 11 sessions,
90 minutes. Practitioners spend one hour massaging clients and 30
movement education. During the treatment, practitioners help clients
elevated state of self-awareness by using verbal communication.
useful in treating chronic stress and tension, as well as aiding in
extended range of motion.
- Hydrotherapy involves the use of water in all its forms
and externally) to assist in the healing process. These water therapies
the use of a whirlpool, the application of ice or heat packs, colonic
steambaths, body wraps and more. Hydrotherapy is commonly practiced
conjunction with other spa treatments.
Massage - Infant massage has proved
beneficial for both infants and their families on a number
of levels. It is used regularly in hospital neonatal units
and has been linked with helping premature infants
gain weight. Infant massage has been shown to help
relieve colic, induce sleep, promote relaxation,
improve sensory integration, and enhance neurological
development, among other things; moreover, the practice
of massage helps build the bond between babies and
- Iridology is the study and analysis of the iris, or the colored
the eye, which practitioners believe can reveal information about a
health and/or tendencies toward disease. Iridology is not used to
however, practitioners utilize the technique to better determine a
lifestyle and nutritional needs. Iridology is used to complement other
therapies, including massage, acupuncture and
traditional Chinese medicine,
homeopathy, naturopathy, and energy work, to name a few.
- Lypossage combines several massage modalities for the purpose
of enhancing skin tone and firmness, and to combat the effects of
Lypossage is often the preferred method of treating cellulite, since it
noninvasive alternative to expensive cosmetic surgery. Practitioners of
usually emphasize the importance of diet and exercise, as well.
- Massotherapy involves working primarily with the muscles.
Practitioners of massotherapy have a background in science, but often
other modalities into their treatments when working with the muscle
of massotherapy include improved circulation and blood flow, as well as
Massage - Practitioners of medical massage have a strong
background in pathology, disease, illness and injury, and the
of specific massage techniques related to various medical conditions.
massage therapists frequently work under the direction of or at the
Release (MFR)- Myofascial release deals with the fascia,
connective tissue, of the body. The fascia is interconnected to
every other part of the body, and actually helps to support the
body's very structure, including the musculoskeletal system.
When injury, inflammation, or physical or emotional trauma occurs,
the fascia can become tight and cause pain and/or restricted
range of motion. Myfascial release -- as its name suggests --
aims to release the fascia and return it to a state of normalcy by
applying gentle pressure to the restricted areas. MFR can help
with a number of conditions, including chronic pain, headaches,
and stress-related illnesses. See also Soft-tissue
massage, connective tissue
Therapy (NMT) - NMT is massage applied to specific
muscles, often used to increase blood flow, release knots of muscle
release pain/pressure on nerves. This therapy is also known as trigger-point
in that concentrated finger pressure is applied to
"trigger points" to alleviate
Massage - Orthopedic massage combines several massage
and medical massage techniques to treat
pain and soft-tissue injury. It focuses
heavily on injury assessment and rehabilitation, emphasizing the
selecting the appropriate modality to treat the injury. Orthopedic
massage is often
used in conjuction with sports massage
Therapy - According to the American Polarity Therapy
"Polarity therapy is a comprehensive health system involving
bodywork, diet, exercise and self-awareness. It works with the Human
Energy Field, electromagnetic patterns expressed in mental, emotional
and physical experience.
In Polarity Therapy, health is viewed as a reflection of the conditiion
of the energy
field, and therapeutic methods are designed to balance the field for
The technique's pioneer, Dr. Randolph Stone, a strong proponent of the
powers of energy, utilized polarity therapy in his pratice until
retiring at the age
of 84 in 1974.
Massage - Prenatal, or pregnancy, massage uses gentle
to help alleviate some of the ailments associated with pregancy,
back, neck and shoulder pain; fatigue; joint tenderness; and stretch
massage can help improve circulation, promote stress reduction and
and much more. Practitioners should be well-trained in prenatal massage
to deliver safe and effective care, and patients should check with their
to receiving treatment.
(Pronounced "Chee") - Also chi, ka and ji.
The basis of traditional Chinese
medicine revolves around qi, which is considered a
vital force or energy
responsible for controlling the workings of the human mind and body. Qi
through the body via channels, or pathways, which are called meridians.
a total of 20 meridians: 12 primary meridians, which correspond to
organ systems or functions, and eight secondary meridians. Imbalances in
of qi cause illness and correction of this flow restores the body
- This technique is based on a system of points on the hands,
feet and ears that correspond, or "reflex," to other areas of
body. Similar in theory to acupressure,
that applying appropriate pressure to these points stimulates
the flow of energy, thus helping to relieve pain or blockages
throughout the entire body. A very pleasurable form of bodywork,
reflexology is also used to ease stress and promote relaxation.
- While not strictly under the auspices of massage, Reiki
"ray-key") is often practiced in conjunction with bodywork.
The word Reiki comes
from two Japanese words - rei, meaning higher power or universal
force, and ki,
meaning life energy. Loosely translated, Reiki means universal or
guided life-force energy.
Practiced for thousands of years
throughout Japan, China, Tibet and other Asian
nations, Reiki was "rediscovered" in the late 19th century by
Dr. Mikao Usui, a
Buddhist monk and educator, who used the therapy to heal the sick. Today,
is used as a method of healing illness and reducing stress through light
more commonly, by placing the hands near or above the body in
or patterns. Through these positions, a Reiki practitioner can correct
imbalances in the body by removing toxic energy, improving health and
a person's energy levels.
(Structural Integration) - Developed by Ida P. Rolf in the
Structural Integration, or Rolfing, works to correct imbalances in body
natural gravitational forces. This technique utilizes deep pressure to
and relieve built up tension in the body's connective
tissues. Benefits of this technique
include improved balance, posture, and range of motion; increased
reduction; and alleviation of pain and discomfort.
Method - This technique utilizes a combination of light touch,
exercises, relaxation techniques and verbal communication to work in
clients to connect to themselves emotionally in order to reduce tension
throughout the body.
- Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage therapy similar to
acupressure; in fact, the word shiatsu literally means "finger
pressure." As with
acupressure, the concepts of shiatsu hold that it can promote health and
healing by correcting energy imbalances in the body. These imbalances
corrected by applying pressure to specific points along channels in the
known as meridians. While there is no exact date as to when shiatsu
the technique is believed to be hundreds, if not thousands, of years
is usually delivered with the thumbs. However,
some practitioners will use their fingers, palms, elbows --
and even feet -- to achieve the desired effect. Typically,
a shiatsu practitioner will apply pressure not just to a few
points on the body. The goal here is twofold: to release
energy (qi in Chinese, ki in Japanese -
"chee") in areas where it may be blocked or stagnating,
and to bring energy back to areas that are depleted.
In addition to applying pressure,
shiatsu practitioners may manipulate the soft tissue
over and around meridians, and perform passive and active
as part of treatment. Scientifically speaking, shiatsu is an excellent
form of pain
relief. Research has shown that applying extensive pressure initiates
the release of
endorphins, natural pain-killing substances produced by the body.
also lower the levels of adrenaline and other stress hormones, producing
Massage - Soft-tissue massage is a generic term for any
modality that is used to treat the soft tissues in the body, including
and scar tissue. Common modalities used include Swedish,
deep-tissue massage, trigger point
therapy ,connective tissue
Treatments - This term refers to several types of treatments
performed in resort and day spas. Some of these include manicures and
mud wraps, body scrubs, sea salt scrubs, parrafin treatments, hydrotherapy
treatments, scalp treatments, facials, and herbal and seaweed body
Massage - Sports massage therapies are both preventative and
therapeutic, and used for athletes during warm ups, training and
treat and/or aid in the prevention of injuries; help improve
flexibility, range of motion,
and performance; and aid in mental clarity. Virtually every
team employs professional sports massage therapists, and are often
employed by professional athletes.
Massage - Generally regarded as the most common form of
massage, Swedish massage involves a combination of five basic strokes
concentrates on the muscles and connective tissues of the body for
circulation, relaxation, pain relief, and overall health maintenance and
Swedish massage is also one of the less demanding techniques for
therapists to practice as it usually does not involve deep-tissue
Massage - Practiced in Thailand for over 2,000 years, Thai massage
also known as yoga massage, Thai yoga massage and ancient massage --
to clear energy blockages and restore balance and harmony to the
The practice combines typical Westernized massage therapy practices,
myofascial release and trigger
point therapy, with light stretching similar to that of
yoga. It has even earned the name "lazy man's yoga." Like
yoga, Thai massage
helps to strengthen the body and increase flexibility, while allowing
the client to
benefit from the relaxation and healing properties of massage.
than using a massage table, Thai massage is
administered to fully clothed clients on floor mats. Practitioners
use their own body weight to position clients into yoga-like forms
while instructing clients on proper breathing for maximum results.
- This hydrotherapy treatment is often used
in day spas and
wellness clinics. It utilizes seawater and sea water products for their
healing properties. Thalassotherapy treatments can involve body wraps,
commonly, heated seawater baths. Benefits include relaxation, increased
and treatment of pain and injury.
Touch (TT)- Therapeutic Touch is a form of bodywork practiced
primarily in the nursing profession. Using light touch,
practitioners work with a clients
energy to help restore balance, emotional clarity, and promote
Chinese Medicine (TCM) - Traditional Chinese medicine is one
of the oldest continuous systems of medicine in history, with
dating as far back as two thousand years before the birth of Christ.
This is in sharp
contrast to American or Western forms of health care, which have been in
for a much shorter time span.
Chinese medicine is based, at least in part, on
the Daoist belief that we live in a universe in which
is interconnected. What happens to one part of the body
affects every other part of the body. The mind and body are
not viewed separately, but as part of an energetic system.
Similarly, organs and organ systems are viewed as
interconnected structures that work together to keep the body
Many of the concepts emphasized
in traditional Chinese
medicine have no true counterpart in Western medicine. One of these
qi (pronounced "chee"), which is considered a
vital force or energy responsible for
controlling the workings of the human mind and body. Qi flows
through the body via
channels, or pathways, which are called meridians. There are a total of
12 primary meridians, which correspond to specific organs, organ
functions, and eight secondary meridians. Imbalances in the flow of qi
correction of this flow restores the body to balance.
Traditional Chinese medicine
encompasses several methods designed to help
patients achieve and maintain health. Along with acupuncture,
adjunctive techniques such as acupressure, tuina,
herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle,
meditation, and other practices.
Approach® - The Trager Approach relies on gentle, rhythmic
and stretching techniques to promote easy and free movement and
throughout the body. Clients wear loose-fitting clothing and lay on a
table in a warm
treatment room. Sessions can last from either one hour to an hour and a
Following the session,
practitioners provide clients with information on "Mentastics,"
or mental gymnastics, and "recall". Mentastics and recall help
the client recreate the experiences they felt during the actual Trager
session to help induce the positive
feelings and states of relaxation associated with the session. The
effects of the
Trager Approach are cumulative and improve over time; hence, clients
encouraged to engage in several sessions to reap its full benefits.
Point Therapy - Trigger points are areas of soft
tissue in the body
characterized by local pain, tightness, and tenderness. Often trigger
because of referred pain, or pain from another source that has
manifested itself in a
trigger point. Trigger points rarely refer pain to other areas.
Trigger point therapy seeks first
to identify trigger points, then apply steady,
appropriate pressure to the point to "release" it. This is
usually followed by
massage to the surrounding area to help treat the cause of the trigger
are encouraged to drink a lot of water following a trigger point therapy
flush out any toxins released when the trigger point is released.
- Tuina (pronounced "twee nah") is a form of Asian
bodywork that has
been used in China for centuries. A combination of massage, acupressure
other forms of body manipulation, tuina works by applying pressure to
meridians and groups of muscles or nerves to remove blockages that
free flow of qi (pronounced "chee").
Removing these blockages restores the
balance of qi in the body, leading to improved health and
is best suited for alleviating chronic pain,
musculoskeletal conditions and stress-related disorders t
hat affect the digestive and/or respiratory systems.
Among the ailments tuina treats best are neck pain,
shoulder pain, back pain, sciatica and tennis elbow.
However, because tuina is designed to improve and
restore the flow of qi, treatment often ends up causing
improvements to the whole body, not just a specific area.
There is anecdotal evidence that
headaches, constipation, premenstrual symptoms
and some emotional problems may also be effectively treated through
Because it tends to be more specific and intense than other types of
tuina may not necessarily be used to sedate or relax a patient. The type
delivered by a tuina practitioner can be quite vigorous; in fact, some
feel sore after their first session. Some patients may also experience
sleepiness or euphoria. As with all forms of care, there are certain
instances in which
tuina should not be performed. Patients with osteoporosis or
fractures, for instance, should not receive tuina. Neither should
infectious diseases, skin problems or open wounds.
Manipulation - Visceral Manipulation seeks to correct pain and
dysfunction caused by imbalance between the organs and structures of the
According to the Upledger
Institute, "Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a gentle hands-
on therapy that works through the bodys visceral system (the heart,
and other internal organs) to locate and alleviate abnormal points of
throughout the body. VM employs specifically placed manual forces that
encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their
tissues. Trained practitioners use the rhythmic motions of the visceral
evaluate how abnormal forces interplay, overlap and affect the normal
at work. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the
individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the
of the entire body." *
- Watsu is a hydrotherapy treatment
quickly gaining popularity all over the world.
Watsu, which combines the words water and
shiatsu, is literally shiatsu performed on
who float in warm water. The practitioner carefully
holds the client and applies gentle stretching and shiatsu-like massage
along the back, neck, shoulders, and limbs. This therapy is useful for a
reasons: The warm water soothes muscles and promotes relaxation; the
weightlessness promotes free movement; and benefits include pain relief,
reduction and deep relaxation. Watsu also promotes self-reflection,
Balancing (ZB) - Zero Balancing is concerned with "bone
the energy of the skeletal system. The practice seeks to work with both
energy and physcial structure to correct imbalance, restore vitality,
and aid in stress
relief and pain reduction. ZB work is performed on fully-clothed
clients, and sessions
usually last about 30-45 minutes.
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