Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage know the proper way to position and support the woman’s body during the massage, and how to modify techniques.
Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage is customized to a woman’s individual needs. To learn more, read the full article on pregnancy massage.
This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also known as Swedish massage or simply massage therapy.
Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.
Aroma Therapy Massage
Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs.
The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender.
Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component. To learn more, read the full article on aromatherapy massage.
Deep Tissue Massage – A deep penetrating massage that works with tight muscles tension, and muscle spasms.
Neuromuscular Therapy Massage (sometimes referred to as trigger point therapy) – return the body to normal neuromuscular balance. Has both European and American origins. In Europe, Stanley Leif started the work in the 1930’s and passed it on to his cousin Boris Chaitow, his son Peter Lief and Leon Chaitow. The American version comes from Raymond Nimmo, DC,(The Receptor Tonus Method 1996), Janet Travel and later Paul St. John and Judith Walker Delaney.
Hot stone Massage –Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body.
The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. The warmth is comforting. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage. To learn more, read the full article on hot stone massage.
Shiatsu – Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians.
Although reflexology is sometimes called foot massage, it is more than simple foot massage. Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet. To learn more, read the full article on reflexology.
Medical – Massage that’s tailored to specific problem includes deep pressure and stretching.
Sports Massage – Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one-it’s also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn’t on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance.
A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibilit
Back Massage – Some massage clinics and spas offer 30-minute back massages. If a back massage is not expressly advertised, you can also book a 30- or 40-minute massage and ask that the massage therapist to focus on your back. Massage for Neck and Back Pain.
Thai Massage – Like shiatsu, Thai massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. Thai massage also includes compressions and stretches.
You don’t just lie there–the therapist moves and stretches you into a sequence of postures. It’s like yoga without doing any work. Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It is also reduces stress and improves flexibility and range of motion. To learn more, read the full article on thai massage. Also, see photos of a Thai massage session.
Reiki – Japanese word for “universal life force”. The practitioner channels the universal energy. The reiki energy enters the practitioner through the top of the head and exits through the hands, and is directed toward the client.
Alexander Technique – Developed by F. Mathis Alexander (1869-1955) an Australian actor in the early 1900’s. Alexander developed the technique to assist in voice projection as he had lost his voice on stage before an audience. Doctor’s treatments failed, so he began investigating what he might be doing that brings it on. He found that he tightened certain neck muscles when he talked which he found to be damaging to his voice. Alexander believed our natural functioning is impeded by faulty habitual patterns of thought and movement which are transmitted via the nervous system to the musculature causing inappropriate tension and distortion in the musculo-skeletal system. According to Alexander, all movement flows from one basic movement- the lengthening of the spine. It is not a system of exercises, but rather a learning process in which the student becomes able to identify and inhibit the faulty patterns. Training to become a teacher is 3 years.
AMMA Therapy – (translation: Push, Pull) Developed by Tina Sohn. The technique uses deep tissue, friction and touch along the meridians to stimulate healing. Tina Sohn has discovered some powerful energetic points. The therapy also uses detoxification, herbs, vitamins and therapeutic exercises.
Lomi-Lomi/Hawaiian massage – Originated in the Hawaiian Islands, based on the traditions of the Polynesians and Pacific Islanders. One of the most beautiful forms of massage treatments that looks more like a dance. There are many forms of Lomi Lomi that originated with different families. When giving a massage you are supposedly massaging 5,000 years of ancestors. A session begins with a ritual asking the client what results they want from the session. The massage technique itself consists of graceful , sweeping arm movements and ceremonial music. The elbow and forearm are used along with fingertip shiatsu like pressure point work. Development of the practitioner is main focus using breath and acknowledgment of a Higher Power.
Kinesiology– Discovered by George Goodheart, a chiropractor in Detroit MI in 1964. Uses muscle testing to evaluate and restore balance to the body. Muscle testing evaluates the quality of the muscle response not the strength. Muscle groups share energy pathways with internal organs and therefore every organ dysfunction appears in related muscles. Muscle weakness can be a result of misalignment, nutritional deficiencies, and allergies. Uses nutrition, manipulation, diet, acupressure, exercise and education. Many people have gone on to develop their own work with different aspects.
Myofascial Release – There are many methods of myofascial release. It is used to evaluate an treat restrictions in the body’s connective tissue (muscles and fascia). Connective tissue includes tendons, ligaments, cartilage, fascia, periosteum, joint capsules and the surface linings of the organs and vessels in the body. Connective tissue forms a continuous net throughout the body.
Fascia is a complex supportive web throughout the body that affects all components of the muscloskeletal, nervous and visceral systems. Myofascial release can be used to treat chronic pain, injuries, general aches and pains.
Fascial restrictions occur after after injuries, chronic contraction of the muscles due to stress or repetitive contractions.
EFT Technique – Releases psychological reversal (feeling stuck or frozen), inability to let go, resistance to change, sorrow, feeling vulnerable, worry, obsession, compulsive behavior. Allows: Ability to move forward, letting go of the old, healing from grief, finding happiness in and connecting to the present moment.(Small Intestine Meridian)
Magnified Healing – In Magnified Healing, you co-create the energy with GOD MOST HIGH; you become it. You are a co-creator. The MH energy flows from one hand to the other through the body of the client immediately releasing all misqualified energies and imbalances that are then sent to the Violet Fire for transmutation. Magnified Healing is a 5th dimensional frequency vibration healing energy and is a tool for the Ascension process because its focus is on the heart – Unconditional Spiritual Love and Compassion, we build our Light Body, we work with the Spiritual Hierarchy of Ascended Masters, and we are of service to others. Magnified Healing is used for distant healing, healing karma, building the Light Body, activating all the strands of DNA as well as healing the Earth. MH is really an Ascension Initiation. It heals at all levels: physical, etheric, emotional, mental, spiritual. It also introduces the student to the Hierarchy (Melchizedek, Kwan Yin, Saint Germain, Buddha, Shekinah (Holy Spirit), etc.).
EMF – It is an experience of your own electromagnetic energy field and the patterns within it. Unlike most conventional therapy sessions that are mostly designed to work with the emotional body, EMF is designed to work on all of our bodies: the cellular and DNA structure of the body, including the bones, internal organs, muscles and glands of the body, as well as the emotional and spiritual aspects of ourselves.
An-ra Healing – An-Ra is a combination of Ancient Atlantean Healing, Shaman traditions and the Heart to Heart Healing of Jesus along with the loving guidance of (Balistar, The Magdalene and The Light One), Enlighted Beings who have been sharing their love and wisdom to the Pathway’s Directors. They have added further direction and instruction to provide the cutting edge methods that are needed to raise the vibration on the planet, at this time. An-Ra healing is a co creation and partnership between the healer, healee and Source, thus allowing each individual and the planet to benefit from the healing.