This has been an enlightening journey we have been on in learning about the different modalities of massage and how they affect the body, mind and spirit. How massage can not only relax and rejuvenate the body mind and spirit, but also how it can heal the body against all odds is amazing. A great example of the body being healed by massage would be Therese Pfrimmer, who developed the Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy modality and will be the first modality in our discussion today.
Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy, one of the first forms of deep muscle therapy, was developed in the 1940s by Therese Pfrimmer. Therese Pfrimmer had studied at the Swedish Institute in New York and discovered that using strong strokes across the fiber of the muscle, rather than along the length of the muscle fiber improves circulation of the lymphatic and vascular systems, frees adhesions and helps to cause corrective changes in the muscles on a cellular level. This discovery led to the reversal of her paralysis. The story of the development of this modality is one of the most moving I have ever heard and makes me ask, is there anything a good massage can’t do?
Polarity Therapy is a widely used modality that through the touch of the practitioner connects the positive and negative poles to improve the flow of energy through the body which assists in healing and relaxation. Polarity Therapy was developed by Randolph Stone, a chiropractor and osteopath. He combined his knowledge of Ayurvedic Medicine, Chinese medicine, Yoga, Acupuncture and Shiatsu Techniques to develop his system. Stone thought of the body as an electromagnetic energy system that carries electrical like charges. With his knowledge of other healing techniques he would encourage proper diet, yoga and self awareness to maintain well being.
Postural Integration was developed by Dr. Jack Painter, who recognized that the body traps negative emotions. Dr. Painter’s technique pays particular attention to the fascia and the release of emotional blocks in a psychotherapeutic manner. Dr. Painter developed a 10 session system that consists of deep tissue techniques, movement and breath work.
Pregnancy or Prenatal Massage not only relieves tension and aches, but helps to reduce swelling, reduce fatigue, enhances energy and soothes the nervous system. As any mother will tell you, pregnancy places strong demands on the body and needs to be nurtured and pampered.
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This research is a review of the literature and is not a claim about the function or performance of any products sold by Pivotal Health solutions.