MASSAGE GLOSSARY


Massage Glossary Medical definitions of the most employed words in massage therapies.

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ACROSAGE
A combination of massage, yoga, and acrobatics created by Benjamin Marantz. The client is placed in an inverted pose atop the acrosager's feet, with the head hanging freely. With no pressure on the neck or spine, the client's upper body can be effortlessly massaged.

ACUPRESSURE
Type of Chinese medicine that utilizes direct stimulation by a therapist’s fingertips, knuckles, or hands or from blunt-tipped instruments to boost specific points on energetic meridians and points on a patient’s body.

ACUPUNCTURE
A Chinese technique similar to acupressure, except that fine needles are inserted at certain points along the meridians just under the skin to boost, disperse, and balance the flow of energy, alleviate pain, and treat a variety of chronic, acute, and degenerative conditions.

AEROBICS
Conditioning of the cardiopulmonary system by means of dynamic exercise often accompanied with music that seeks to augment efficiency of oxygen intake, build the cardiovascular system and boost metabolic activity.

AIKIDO
Is a non-aggressive Japanese martial art developed from jujitsu and making use of holds and throws. Aikido was created by Morihei Ueshiba and represents the way to unify mind, body and spirit; the way of peace.

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
A technique that develops and maintains the alignment of the head, neck and spine in order to reduce unnecessary strain on the body and release tension in the muscles. The Alexander Technique is a simple and practical technique for both self-improvement and self-help.

ALLOPATHIC MEDICINE
The conventional, mainstream Occidental approach to health care, focused on treating symptoms and isolating a specific disorder rather that treating the whole person.

AMMA OR ANMA
A form of Asian bodywork therapy. Some specialists consider Amma as the progenitor of all hand-healing therapies that assess and treat the energetic system.

ANIMAL MASSAGE
Pets experience soft tissue injure in their daily lives as well as humans. Therapeutic massage provides relief, stimulates healing process and promotes stress reduction and relaxation.

AROMATHERAPY
The art and science of applying essential oils to promote health and well being. Aromatherapy is mostly utilized to help relax, stimulate the mind, enhance the mood, as well as countless other applications.

ART THERAPY
The treatment employing art-related activities of persons with mental and/or physical disabilities. Linking creative art to solving psychological conditions is an approach developed by 20th-century mental-health specialists.

ATTUNEMENT
Is a method common to all forms of Reiki in Western. Attunements utilize a process of placing the Reiki Symbols and energy into the meridians, aura or energy body. Some Attunement systems are centered on placing the energy in the Chakras.

AYURVEDA
Indian treatment using heated oils and herbs to trigger the body’s natural curative processes, boost the immune system, augment the metabolism, soften the skin and induce deep relaxation and peace of mind. Also called Ayurvedic Massage.

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BACH CURES
Created by Edward Bach in the early 1900s, Bach Flower Remedies is a system of flower essences used in conjunction with herbs, homeopathy, and medications that seeks to correct emotional imbalances by working on the subtle body instead of the physical body.

BALINESE MASSAGE
Positioned above the patient, the Balinese practitioner performs a combination of kneading strokes, skin rolling, and foot massage. Therapy is followed by an application of coconut oil infused with spices.

BARBARA BRENNAN HEALING SCIENCE
Created by Barbara Brennan, it is a spiritual healing system that seeks to reorganize and invigorate the patient’s energy field. Using hands-on methods and other approaches, the healer works to clear the field of unhealthy and blocked energies, charge depleted zones and repair distorted patterns.

BELAVI FACIAL MASSAGE
A sequence of massage methods using acupressure points, lymphatic drainage strokes and facial massage strokes, Belavi Facial Massage is designed to firm sagging skin, boost blood and oxygen, release toxins and soften lines. The treatment also consists of cleansing, exfoliating and hot towel wraps.

BINDI
Chosen for its integration of herbal treatment, light massage and exfoliation, Bindi shows how the art of bodywork can both relax tired muscles and leave the skin refreshed and glowing.

BIOFEEDBACK
Method in which patients are trained to gain some voluntary control over certain physiological conditions, such as blood pressure and muscle tension, to promote relaxation. Thermal biofeedback helps patients consciously raise hand temperature, which may decrease the number and intensity of headaches.

BIOSYNC
Created by Mark Lamm, Biosync is a sophisticated system of neuromuscular rehabilitation and re-education, and has been successful with a broad range of muscular and trauma-linked challenges. It is complementary with existing medical and rehabilitative treatments.

BODY ALIGNMENT
Refers to the orientation of the body relative to its axis. Ideal body alignment promotes an evenly distributed musculo-skeletal symmetry. The technique was developed by Jeff Levin.

BONNIE PRUDDEN MYOTHERAPY
A hands-on, drugless, non-invasive technique of alleviating muscle-related pain, Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy emphasizes a quick, cost-effective recovery and active patient participation for long-term relief.

BOWEN TECHNIQUE
Is system of gentle but powerful soft tissue mobilization that affects the body both structurally and energetically to restore its self-healing mechanisms. It is painless, noninvasive, safe to use on anyone, and provides relief for several acute or chronic ailments. It was developed by Thomas A. Bowen.

BRAIN GYM
Created by Paul and Gail Dennison, Brain Gym is a sensorimotor program centered on research by educational therapists, developmental optometrists and other specialists in the fields of movement, education and child development.

BREAST MASSAGE
Method that entails specific kneading, rubbing, and/or squeezing strokes applied to the soft tissue of the breast to augment lymph and blood circulation. The practice of breast massage should be in conjunction with regular self-breast exams.

BREATH THERAPY
The use of respiratory exercises to open lung passages, oxygenate the blood and cleanse the body by removing gaseous toxins. The patient is encouraged to breathe deeply while the therapist works the proper muscles. It can ease anxiety and decrease stress.

BREEMA BODYWORK
Is a whole body treatment that consists of an organized pattern of stretches, brushes and natural rhythms which dissolve rigidity and tension within the body. Other benefits include an increase in vitality, relaxation, naturalness, and clarity within the mind.

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CATHIODERMIE
Rejuvenating treatment that uses Electric stimulation of skin with low voltage doses, believed to boost circulation and eliminate impurities.

CHAIR MASSAGE
Named also seated massage, chair massage includes methods that provide fully-clothed seated massage, bodywork and somatic therapies to patients, generally in a corporate or business setting. Practitioners employ shiatsu, amma and/or Swedish styles.

CHAMPISSAGE
Is the modern Indian name for the Ayurvedic technique of head massage, stimulating the circulation to the scalp and nourishing the hair roots. Originally, the method only included the head. Currently, this style frequently includes massage of the shoulders, upper arms and neck, and face and ears.

CHRISTOPHER METHOD - SOUND WAVE ENERGY THERAPY
Is a non-touch therapy that works on the multiple energy fields of the body to reinforce and release energy, thereby contributing to balance and well-being on the psychological and physiological levels. It progressively realigns all levels of energy, which run through the body.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY
Involves the cleansing of the large intestine with warm purified water. A single colonic therapy is said to be equivalent to various enemas in eliminating toxic debris from the colon.

COLOR THERAPY
A healing method employing the spiritual application of color vibrations to the body, frequently as white light projected through films of a variety of colors. Many color therapist also utilize crystals and gemstones and their vibrations.

COLORPUNCTURE
A system of holistic acu-light therapy created by Peter Mandel in which diverse frequencies of visible light are applied into the meridians where needles are usually placed during acupuncture. By employing differing colors, energy can be manipulated, either to stimulate or sedate.

CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE
Created by Elizabeth Dicke, CTM is a deep intensive massage aimed at relaxing stressed muscles. Manipulation of the reflexology zones harmonizes the functions of the inner organs. Very suitable for people who are highly active and take regular exercise as a relaxing massage.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY
Gentle manipulation of the brain, spinal cord, bones of the skull, sacrum and interconnected membranes, to correct misalignments and distortions in the structure and function of the craniosacral mechanism that surrounds the central nervous system.

CRYOTHERAPY
Involves the application of ice to treat many kinds of injuries, including those associated with back or neck pain. Ice causes the veins in the affected tissue area to constrict. This decreases the circulation of blood while acting as form of anesthetic to numb the aches.

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DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Is a technique focused on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to ease the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted zones, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia.

DYNAMIC SPINAL THERAPY
Created by Rolf Ott, Dynamic Spinal Therapy works with the body's posture and energetic system and consists of three parts: ear reflexology test, the Swiss therapeutic cushion and application to treat joint problems.

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ENDERMOLOGIE
Deep massage technique that employs a high-tech machine that pulls the skin upward with a suction device where it is kneaded between two mechanical rollers. This kneads the skin and augments blood and lymph flow to the deepest skin layers. Ideal for cellulite treatments.

ENERGY FLOW BALANCING
Assists the patient in balancing their energy flow. Emphasis is given to the chakras and the joints, leaving the patients feeling at peace with themselves, with less pain, increased mobility and higher range of motion.

ESALEN MASSAGE
Developed in the Esalen Institute it is based on a combination of Oriental and Swedish massage styles. Esalen is light and gentle in nature, emphasizing nurturing and empathy. The strokes are soft prompting deep relaxation. Used to decrease stress, alleviate pain, improve sleep and aid digestion.

ESSENTIAL OILS
Natural substances extracted from grasses, flowers, herbs, shrubs, trees, resins and spices, regularly through a process called steam distillation. Oils can soothe, relax, rejuvenate, cure, energize or alleviate pain, thereby affecting the body's physical, psychological and emotional levels.

EUTONY
Created by Gerda Alexander, it is based on the concept that there is a constant interaction between muscular tone and psychic activity. Acting upon muscle tone can affect the whole being and regulate the breathing and circulation.

EXERCISE THERAPY
Is an individualized exercise prescription or plan designed to restore health and prevent further ailments. The prescription is given by rehabilitation specialist and considers the patient’s medical condition, providing advice for what type of exercise to perform, how hard to exercise and how long.

EXERSSAGE
StarFace Exerssage is a facial yoga, slow motion movement and self massage method integrated with breathing to release jaw tension and other tensions from neuromuscular areas of the face, head and neck.

EXFOLIATING FACIAL THERAPY
Peels away dry skin cells and eliminates deeply-trapped secretions that obstruct oxygenation. Marine sediments, mineral salts, and lipoamino acids can be employed to boost circulation and add moisture.

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FELDENKRAIS
System of neuro-motor training and reconditioning that includes a soft tissue manipulative method that promotes functional integration. It concentrates on boosting the body’s efficiency through improving coordination. It was created by Moshe Feldenkrais.

FENG SHUI
Ancient Chinese system of balancing the energy patterns of the physical environment. A composite of mystical beliefs, astrology, folklore, and common sense, the Chinese belief Feng Shui blends antique wisdom with cultural tradition.

FOOT ZONE THERAPY
Foot Zone Therapy is centered on the premise that energy flows through the body in meridians from the brain to the feet. Every organ and cell has a representative spot.

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GERIATRIC MASSAGE
Orientated to the elderly, it address the psychological and physiological aspects of aging and its associated diseases. Bodywork, frequently limited to a shorter time span, is regularly performed in residential care facilities.

GRINBERG METHOD
Is a systematic educational technique that teaches people to mobilize their own strength and vitality in pursuit of their well-being.

GUA SHA
A Chinese massage-like form using a round edge instrument to stimulate the affected zone. Regularly employing a therapeutic oil as lubrication, the area is stimulated in a stroking manner to alleviate congestion and stagnation.

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HAKOMI THERAPY
A body-centered psychotherapy, Hakomi was created by Ron Kurtz. Hakomi utilizes body tensions and sensations to access information about the limiting beliefs, patterns and habits of the person. Hakomi bodywork includes hands-on manipulation to access and change these beliefs.

HANNA SOMATIC EDUCATION
A system of neuromuscular education that needs the patient to recognize, release and reverse chronic pain patterns resulting from injury, stress, repetitive motion or habituated postures. Combining Hanna Somatics with exercise therapy will expand the benefits.

HARA
The internal center of gravity of the body, typically located four centimeters below the navel, between this one and the spine. According to the Japanese belief, it is here where vital forces reside, and it is also from this spot where deep breathing must be originated.

HEALING TOUCH
Is practiced by registered nurses and others to accelerate wound healing, alleviate pain, promote relaxation, prevent illness and ease the dying process. The impact of the healing is influenced by the relationship between the giver and receiver.

HELLERWORK
Method that restores the body’s balance. Combines manipulation of connective body tissue with discussion on effects of mental attitudes on the body. It was created by Joseph Heller.

HERBOLOGY
The practice of treating medical conditions and health issues via the natural benefits of plants and plant extracts. Herbology is also known as herbalism, botanical medicine, or phytotherapy. Herbs are utilized to resolve illness and enhance wellness.

HOLISTIC HEALTH
A philosophy of well-being that considers the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of life as closely interconnected and balanced. Holistic medicine recognizes that the mind, lifestyle, environment and other aspects of a person's existence significantly affect the functioning of the body.

HOMEOPATHY
The practice of the employ of active ingredients in minute dosages along with naturally occurring substances in order to provide a healthier balance of internal chemistry. These minute dosages would be viewed in conventional medicine as ineffective.

HOT STONE (LASTONE) MASSAGE
Uses smooth, heated stones, most commonly basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well. The stones come in several shapes and size, from tiny little stones that are placed between the toes to big stones the therapist uses to massage the back. Cold stones are also utilized sometimes.

HYDROTHERAPY
Treating a disease with hot or cold water, externally or internally to maintain and restore health. Techniques include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation, and the application of hot and/or cold compresses.

HYPNOTHERAPY
The application of hypnosis, trance states, suggestion, or altered states of consciousness to facilitate therapeutic goals, including learning and practicing new skills for relieving symptoms or changing behavior.

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INFANT MASSAGE
Is utilized in hospital neonatal care units and qualified instructors teach parents how to properly massage their infants. This specialized style of touch is effective, not only in the critical weight gain of premature infants, but also in creating a strong bond between parent and infant.

INHALATION THERAPY
Treatments involving the inhalation of steam vapor, which may have been treated with medicine or natural herbal / mineral substances; employed for respiratory, pulmonary or sinus related conditions.

INTEGRATIVE MANUAL THERAPY
IMT recognizes that each person is more than the total components of anatomy, physics and chemistry, and is instead affected by emotions, thoughts, social interactions, mind, consciousness and more. IMT combines numerous therapies to locate and alleviate health challenges through individual body systems.

IRIDOLOGY
Is a diagnostic science in which the study of markings in certain areas of the iris is used to indicate dysfunction in corresponding organs of the body. Iridology is a noninvasive method that supplies information not clearly delineated by other means regarding the condition of the body.

ISOMETRIC MUSCLE BALANCING
Created by Charlotte Vandergrift, ISM is based on the muscle testing positions applied in kinesiology. Balancing and strengthening the 42 main muscles are accomplished by isometric action, producing a feeling of lightness and an augment in energy.

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JAMU MASSAGE
Is a Balinese-inspired modality based on Indian, Chinese, and European methods involving acupressure, rolling motions, long strokes, and percussion-like drumming. Jamu massage is designed to energize and boost blood circulation.

JIN SHIN DO
Is a therapeutic method created by Iona M. Teeguarden derived from Jin Shin Jyutsu. It combines elements of Japanese and Chinese acupuncture, Qigong, principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy, and Taoist philosophy, but utilizes its own specific terminology.

JIN SHIN JYUTSU
An antique oriental healing art re-discovered by Jiro Murai that helps to balance the vital energy of the whole person – body, mind, and soul.

JOINT MOBILIZATION
In physical therapy mobilization is understood as a repetitive passive movement of varying amplitudes of low velocity applied at diverse parts of the range of motion depending on the effect desired.

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KINESIOLOGY
Self-help therapy method for improving general well-being. Includes kinematics, nutrition and mental training. Using massage, Kinesiology helps with anxiety, specific personal dietary intake and energy blocks. This method is described as truly preventive in order to preserve good mental and physical health.

KOREAN MARTIAL THERAPY
This is a deep-tissue style that includes massage strokes, body movement, stretches, pressure point therapy, yum yang therapy, and Korean energy work. Gentle on the practitioner, KMT may be performed with the patient on a table, the floor, or in a chair and may or may not incorporate the use of oils.

KRIYA MASSAGE
Spontaneous energy movement is an Indian healing art that integrates classical massage, energy work, neuromuscular massage, and somato-emotional release work into a connected smooth pattern.

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LIFESTREAM MASSAGE TECHNIQUE
Taught at LifeStream Massage School, this is a method of bodywork designed to fulfill a need for the busy massage therapist, especially those working in resorts, spas and health clubs. Students learn, full-body massage that provides patients with the relaxation.

LOMI LOMI
An antique massage performed in Hawaii. It has been handed down through Polynesian families for generations. Lomi lomi uses very large, broad movements with two-handed, forearm and elbow application of strokes, which cover a broad area.

LYMPHATIC THERAPY
Is a delicate type of massage that boosts the body’s lymphatic system, improving the metabolism, helping the body to remove waste and toxins and providing a stimulate to the immune system. It was created by Bruno Chikly.

LYPPOSAGE
Created by Charles W. Wiltsie, lypossage is a combination of manual deep-tissue massage, lymphatic drainage, and the principles of structural integration, employed to combat cellulite. A recommended alternative to liposuction and body contouring aids.

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MASSAGE
Is the systematic, therapeutic application of touch to either invigorate or relax the muscles of the body to promote healing, relaxation and ease stress.

MAGNET THERAPY
Magnet therapy is applied to the skin, but uses steady or pulsed magnetic fields from either electro-magnets or less powerful permanent magnets. It is used to alleviate pain and discomfort and to aid in healing with a variety of physical and emotional disorders, such as arthritis and stress.

MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE
MLD is a gentle, rhythmical method that cleanses the connective tissue of inflammatory materials and toxins, enhances the activity of the immune system, decreases pain and lowers the activity of the sympathetic nervous system. The most accepted form of this technique was developed by Dr. Vodder.

MEDICAL MASSAGE
Performing medical massage needs a firm background in pathology and uses certain treatments appropriate to working with disease, pain and recovery from injury. The therapist may work from a physician's prescription or as an adjunct healer within a hospital or physical therapy setting.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE
Is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to remove fascial restrictions and facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress.

MYOMASSOLOGY
Is a combination of methods including basic Swedish massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, shiatsu, iridology, herbology, energy balancing, ear candling and craniosacral therapy in conjunction with instruction in nutrition, meditation, yoga, tai chi and qigong.

MYOSKELETAL ALIGNMENT
A holistic approach to relief of back and neck pain, founded on principles from Rolfing, osteopathy, and related physical medicine. The method combines deep-tissue work with assisted stretching and non-force spinal alignment.

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NAPRAPATHY
Is a manipulation of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments to relieve tension and promote fluidity of motion. This technique resembles chiropractic, but manipulation of the connective tissue is the focus. Other neuromuscular methods may be added and regarding diet is recommended, too.

NATUROPATHY
Called also Naturopathic Medicine, is a system of therapy centered on preventative care, and on the employment of heat, water, light, air, and massage as primary therapies for disease. Some naturopaths use no medications, either pharmaceutical or herbal.

NEURO-STRUCTURAL BODYWORK
NSB is a somatic therapy that combines various methods, including fascial release, neuromuscular re-education, craniosacral adjustment and breathwork. NSB techniques restore sensory perception and motor control, and allow for new neurological impulses that support postural balance and free range of motion.

NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY
A method utilized primarily for injury rehabilitation work. The therapist works in a focused manner in a specific zone, trying to diminish muscular tension and break-up adhesions and scar tissue on a deeper level. Elements of myofascial release and trigger point therapy are also used.

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ONCOLOGY MASSAGE
Oncology massage refers to massage tailored to the requirements of patients with cancer. This practice requires specialized therapists that pay close attention to the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of clients in all stages of cancer: diagnosis, treatment, recovery, survivor, or terminal.

ONSEN TECHNIQUE
Japanese "at peace" technique that uses hot spring for bathing in the traditional oriental method.

ORTHO-BIONOMY
A non-invasive, osteopathically-based method of body therapy where the practitioner uses gentle movements and positions of the body to facilitate the change of stress and pain patterns. A strong focus is placed on the comfort of the patient, no forceful manipulations are used.

ORTHOPEDIC MASSAGE
Is specifically developed to access and treat occupational, sport and other pain and injury conditions. This therapy approach addresses tissues primarily involved in locomotion: muscles tendons, ligaments bursa, nerves and fascia.

OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
This comprehensive medical system goes beyond conventional medical philosophy to include an emphasis on structural balance of the musculoskeletal system. Osteopathic physicians use joint manipulation, postural re-education and physical therapy to normalize the body's structure and promote well-being.

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PHYTOTHERAPY
Healing therapies using plants, shrubs, trees, aromatic essential oils, seaweed, herbal and floral extracts. Applied through massage, packs or wraps, water and steam therapies, inhalation, homeopathy and drinking of herbal teas.

PILATES METHOD
Created by Joseph Pilates, it is a sequence of movements, done from a sitting, reclining, kneeling or standing position, designed to augment strength and flexibility, release tension and alleviate chronic neck and back pain. The method combines elements of yoga, tai chi and ancient Greek and Roman exercise.

POLARITY THERAPY
Created by Randolph Stone, is a health care system developed as a synthesis of western and eastern sciences. Polarity therapy is comprised of dietary principles exercise and stretching postures, energy balancing and attitudinal work. The manipulations combine chiropractic and osteopathic traditions.

PREGNANCY MASSAGE
Specific somatic therapies to reduce pregnancy discomforts and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. Skilled, proper touch facilitates labor, shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety.

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QIGONG
An ancient Chinese method that involves a series of exercises including meditative and physical movements. Employed to move “qi”, thereby maintaining and regaining physical, emotional and spiritual health.

QUANTUM TOUCH
This hands-on healing technique offers spontaneous adjusting of proper alignment of the body. Principles behind Quantum-Touch involve resonance, intention, attention, breath and innate body intelligence.

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REFLECTIVE HEALING
Is a form of energy healing in which the therapist utilizes a combination of guided imagery and energy body manipulations to heal a certain physical organ or joint. Noninvasive physical touch of energy centers is important in the process of repatterning the etheric body.

REFLEXOLOGY
Also called Zone therapy, this bodywork involves application of pressure to specific reflex zones on the feet, hands and ears that correspond to other parts of the body in order to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion.

REIKI
Japanese therapy in which the practitioner places his or her hands on the client's body to channel energy into the body. Blockages are released and energy stimulated. Very useful again for stress related problems. Leaves you feeling calm, relaxed and more in control.

RESTORATION THERAPY
Re-discovered by Seishiro Okazaki, it is an antique Japanese treatment that is effective in the treatment of migraine headaches, nervous tension, general fatigue, and muscular aches and pains.

ROLFING STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION
A method that focuses on realigning the fascia—the connective tissue that envelops the muscles and organs. The aim of Rolfing is structural integrity, or making sure that all of the organs, bones, and tissues are appropriately positioned within the body.

ROSEN METHOD
Created by Marion Rosen, it uses gentle, non-intrusive touch and works with held muscles to bring about physical and emotional awareness through relaxation. Rosen utilizes also observation of the patient's breathing patterns and communication to promote physical ease and pain relief.

RUSSIAN MASSAGE
Uses the basic strokes of classical massage, changing them so each stroke provides the client with the least invasive and most comfortable treatment. Each stroke in Russian massage has a known physiological effect on a healthy or dysfunctional body. It is frequently related to sports and physical activities.

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SHIATSU
A Japanese massage method based on the Chinese medical theory that disease and pain are caused by blocked qi (energy) along energy meridians in the body. By applying pressure to the blocked pathways, relief from pain and disease may result.

SHIRODHARA
A very useful Ayurvedic variation where oil is slowly poured over the third eye to ease tension and restore balance.

SOFT TISSUE RELEASE
STR is a injury treatment method developed in Europe that deals directly with the causes of soft tissue dysfunctions and subsequent referred pain and nerve entrapment. Once the muscles have returned to the original resting length, there is an instant release from the pain induced by the inflammation response.

SOMA INTEGRATION
SOMA is a unique development of the holographic body reading technique. Holographic body reading recognizes that each person has an individual blueprint, permitting for the practitioner to analyze this and correspond to those customized requirements.

SOUND THERAPY
Method which employs sounds, tones and rhythm to create a grounding, meditative space in order to promote healing and wellness. Vibrational tones have been used within the Buddhist meditative practice. Today, singing bowls and tuning forks are used for meditation, relaxation, wellness and ritual practice.

SPA THERAPY
A diversity of body treatments administered in spas including herbal wraps, loofah body scrubs, parafango, salt scrubs, seaweed body wraps and hydrotherapy treatments. Spas have become a great treatment employing the benefits of the natural products.

SPORTS MASSAGE
A type of massage which uses specific strokes and stretches to help obtain maximum performance and physical conditioning with less chance of injury or pain. It boosts power, endurance, and flexibility both before and after an event or workout.

STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION
Developed by Ida P. Rolf, structural integration is based on the belief that the entire structural order of the body requires to be realigned and balanced with the gravitational forces around a "central vertical line" representing gravity's influence.

SWEDISH MASSAGE
Involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. The benefits include increased blood circulation, mental and physical relaxation, reduced stress, muscle tension and improved range of motion.

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TAI CHI
Is a gentle art of health and well-being for people of all ages and health conditions. Tai Chi combines movement, meditation and breath regulation to increase the flow of vital energy in the body, boost blood circulation, and improve immune functions.

THAI MASSAGE
An ancient Asian practice that incorporates the principles of yoga, meditation, and acupressure methods. It treatment assists with the release of stagnant energy within the body, while improving range of motion and increased mobility.

THALASSOTHERAPY
Employs the therapeutic benefits of the sea and seawater products to restore health and vitality to the skin and hair. The treatment may include a seaweed and algae body paste spread on the body and being insulated with sheets or blankets. Seawater baths may include massage.

THERAPEUTIC TOUCH
Is based on antique energy healing methods. Therapists employ a light touch or holds the hand above the body, with the patient usually seated. Therapeutic Touch has been applied in an assortment of medical situations, including the care of premature infants and emergency room patients.

TRAGER APPROACH
Created by Milton Trager, it makes extensive use of touch-contact and encourages the patient to experience the freeing-up of diverse areas of the body. The approach consists of simple exercises called Mentastics and deep, nonintrusive hands-on work, including fluid, gentle, rocking movements.

TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Is a method in which the therapist applies specific compression to a tender area on muscle tissue in order to assist the body in releasing tension and pain. As these spots are deactivated, gentle strokes to elongate the muscle paired with passive stretching will aid in the process of restoring the muscle.

TUI NA
Chinese massage that utilizes kneading, pressing, rolling, shaking, and stretching of the body. Tui na is thought to regulate qi (vital energy) and blood flow, and improve the function of tendons, bones, and joints.

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UNTIE
The technique was created in the United States as an alternative to exerting force into soft tissues that may already be painful to the touch. It is basic to UNTIE that soft tissue dysfunction, no matter how deep within the body, can be felt in the skin.

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VIBRATIONAL HEALING MASSAGE THERAPY
VHMT is a leading-edge bodywork restoring one to fluidity. It is similar to massage therapy, providing touch techniques and distinctions that help a person live in their body as a liquid process, freeing pain. VHMT works with the physical structure to free up past tensions and stresses.

VISCERAL MANIPULATION
A gentle hands-on therapy that works through the body’s visceral system (the heart, liver, intestines and other internal organs) to locate and relieve abnormal spots of tension throughout the body. Visceral Manipulation was created by Jean-Pierre Barrall.

VISUALIZATION
A method that uses the imagination to help patients cope with stress and encourage healing. Patients attempt to heal physical and emotional conditions by imagining positive images and desired outcomes to particular situations. Visualization with the help of a therapist is called guided imagery.

VORTEX HEALING THERAPY
Is an energetic curative art that works solely with divine light and consciousness. It derives its name from a singular energy-vortex that is the interface between our physical world and a divine healing realm that is accessed in this method.

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WATSU
Also called water shiatsu, watsu is a relaxing massage therapy performed in a warm pool of water, combining shiatsu and deep tissue massage along with stretches to ease stiffness.

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YOGA
Ancient Indian practice that unify body and mind with universal spirit, thereby encouraging physical and psychological well-being. Most commonly involves a sequence of stretching postures (named asanas), breathing exercises, and meditative protocols.

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ZEN BODY THERAPY
A Western method based on the teachings of school of Mahayana Buddhism that asserts that enlightenment and the proper flow of vital energy can be attained through meditation and self-contemplation.

ZERO BALANCING
A bodywork system, centered on a combination of Occidental anatomical principles and Oriental concepts of body energy that uses gentle manipulation at key zones of the skeleton to align the energy of the body with the body's physical structure. It was created by Fritz Smith.

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