As we move forward learning more and more about the different modalities of massage, I can’t help but think about a book I would like to write, Massage Modalities and Me, How I Came to Receive Massage Therapy in Every Modality Practiced. After having reviewed each modality used in massage, I have found I really want to experience each so that I can compare and distinguish the differences and effects of each type of massage. This would be a very worthwhile venture I feel, but now back to our discussion on the different modalities. 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.
Chi Nei Tsang, developed by Chinese Taoist, performs work mainly on the abdomen with a deep, soft touch to train the internal organs to work more efficiently and improve energy flow. Chi meaning energy and Nei Tsang meaning internal organs is used to help carry energy flow while performing spiritual practices.
Core Energetics, started by Dr. John Pierralcos in 1971 takes Bioenergetics to a more spiritual level. In this type of Bioenergetics the core is the inner self. It was developed to create a deeper experience and identification with ones energy and feelings. This is made possible by bringing movement and consciousness to the body.
Craniosacral Therapy, developed in the 1900’s by William G. Sutherland and later refined by Dr. John Upledger, is the understanding and treatment of issues related to poor cerebrospinal fluid flow. This modality is particularly useful in treating a wide range of issues such as ADD, nervous disorders, and insomnia. Cerebrospinal Fluid flows throughout the spinal column and is essential to the central nervous system. When the flow of the fluid is limited or confined motor coordination impairments and balance become effected. Craniosacral Therapists are trained to recognize this blockage and assist in the facilitation of restoring flow in the restricted areas.
Deep Tissue Massage is used to reach into deep portions of the thick muscles and individual muscle fibers. By using deep muscle compression and friction the therapist is able to release toxins and deeply held patterns of tension.