therapy is a profession in which the practitioner
manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive
therapies, with the
intention of positively affecting
the health and well-being of the client.
is a manual soft tissue manipulation, and includes
holding, causing movement, and/or applying pressure to
is a series of actions aimed at achieving or increasing
means by use of hand or body.
– is a technique for finding and correcting cerebral
and spinal imbalances or blockages that may cause
sensory, motor or intellectual dysfunction.
Tissue – releases the chronic patterns of tension
in the body through slow strokes and deep finger
pressure on the contracted areas, either following or
going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia.
It is called deep tissue, because it also focuses on the
deeper layers of muscle tissue.
– is a stroke generally used in a Swedish massage
treatment. This smooth, gliding stroke is used to relax
soft tissue and is applied using both hands.
– is the deepest of Swedish massage strokes. This
stroke encompasses deep, circular movements applied to
soft tissue causing
the underlying layers of tissue to
rub against each other. The result
causes an increase in
blood flow to the massaged area.
Release – is a form of bodywork that is
manipulative in nature and seeks to rebalance the body
by releasing tension in the fascia. Long, stretching
strokes are utilized to release muscular tension.
Massage (also known as chair massage or corporate
massage) – is administered while the client is
clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. These
chairs most often slope forward allowing access to the
large muscles of the back. On-site massage usually lasts
between 15 and 30 minutes and is intended to relax and
(also called kneading) – involves squeezing,
rolling and kneading the muscles and usually follows
effleurage during Swedish massage.
– massage based around a system of points in the
and feet thought to correspond, or
"reflex," to all areas of the body.
Method – utilizes gentle touch and verbal
help clients to release suppressed
emotions and subsequently muscular tension in some
and Acupressure – Oriental-based systems of
finger-pressure which treat special points along
acupuncture "meridians" (the invisible
channels of energy flow in the body).
Massage – massage therapy focusing on muscle
systems relevant to a particular sport.
Massage – a system of long strokes, kneading and
friction techniques on the more superficial layers of
the muscles, combined
with active and passive movements
of the joints.
– is executed with cupped hands, fingers or the
of the hand with short, alternating taps to the
Point Therapy (also known as Myotherapy or Neuromuscular
Therapy) – applies concentrated finger pressure
"trigger points" (painful irritated areas in
muscles) to break cycles of spasm and pain.
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