Last week we started a series on the different types of massage therapy or modalities. As we have found so far, there are numerous types of modalities that can treat a wide and varying range of health issues. There is a lot of good information available and I could write a book on each modality, but the purpose here is to give a brief overview of each modality. If there is a modality of particular interest to you I invite you to search for more information on the following websites:
If you are unable to find information you are looking for please contact me and I will try to point you in the right direction to get more information. As we continue our overview of modalities please note the similarities and distinct differences between modalities. I find it amazing that many years ago people from all over the world were working on healing arts and that the methods used are so similar and yet have such distinct differences.
Aston Patterning is a new modality to me as I have not heard of it nor had the opportunity to experience it. Aston Patterning was developed by Judith Aston, a top trainee of Ida Rolf, the person behind Rolfing or Structural Integration as it is known. Aston Patterning combines massage work and reeducation of the body through movement and awareness to improve performance and prevent injury.
Bioenergetics combines both physical and psychological techniques to release constrictions in the bodies’ energy flow. Developed by Alexander Lowen Bioenergetics uses physical exercises, deep breathing techniques and massage to allow the body to relax and more easily accept treatment.
The Bowen Technique introduced the concept of having rests or breaks between a series of massage techniques within a treatment session. This is done to allow the body time to absorb the healing process. The massage technique used is gentle but precise soft tissue manipulation in order to create harmony within the body so it can create its’ own cure.
The Canadian Deep Muscle Massage Modality addresses specific muscles and muscle groups. This modality was first written about in the late 1800’s by a New York City doctor who surmised that rubbing or massaging muscle fibers that were dehydrated and stuck together would release and the healthy state of the muscle would be restored. This modality begins gently and increases in depth as the outer or first layer of muscle fibers relax allowing the other layers of muscle fiber to be addressed.
Chair Massage or Executive Massage as it is also known by is the perfect modality for a quick relaxation massage session. The client remains clothed during the massage and the session takes place on specially designed chairs that help to relax the body. These types of massage are often given in public places such as airports, health clubs, malls and offices.
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Modalities of Massage Part 1