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This technique, which has numerous variations, involves easy client participation.  It's a very effective way to engage and release the muscles and fascia (myofascial tissues) by therapist-applied pressure either during a patient controlled concentric (shortening) or eccentric (lengthening) contraction.

Technique

ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT

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Breath work as a general term is used to describe any type of therapy that utilizes breathing exercises to improve mental, physical, and spiritual health. In addition to breathing exercises specifically designed to improve the efficiency of the respiratory system, renewmassage incorporates body work to improve the tone and function of the muscles and structures involved in breathing. These exercises and the body work involved are based on methods outlined in the course "Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders" by Leon Chaitow, Dinah Bradley, and Christopher Gilbert.

Technique

BREATH WORK

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Cold therapy is also known as cryotherapy. Cold packs (stationary application) and ice massage (moving over the tissue with a cold pack or ice) are the primary applications.  It works by reducing blood flow to a particular area, which can significantly reduce inflammation and swelling that causes pain, especially around a joint or a tendon. It can temporarily reduce nerve activity, which can also relieve pain. 

Technique

CRYOTHERAPY

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Acupressure uses finger pressure on acupuncture points instead of needles.  These points are along channels, known as meridians.  When a point is sensitive to pressure, it is especially in need of balance and release.  This release allows energy, known as "qi" ("chee"), to flow more freely through the meridians (lines of energy), promoting relaxation, healing and the restoration of proper function.

Technique

ACUPRESSURE

The Epley maneuver is a type of exercise that helps to treat the symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This exercise can also be done at home.  BPPV is caused by the misplacement of calcium crystals (canaliths) which move out of position within the inner ear (from the utricle and into the semicircular canals).  This misplacement can cause the semicircular canals to send incorrect signals to the brain about body position. This can make you feel like the world is spinning, known as vertigo. Dr. John Epley designed a series of movements to dislodge the crystals from the semicircular canals and bring them back to the utricle, where they belong.  Because there are various causes for vertigo, it is important that you see a physician and receive a diagnosis for BPPV.  This technique will not help other types of vertigo.

Technique

EPLEY MANEUVER

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Geothermal therapy incorporates hot and cold stones into massage therapy, and provides benefits for the client who has multiple muscle pain issues. Geo, meaning earth/stone (geology), and thermal, meaning temperature (thermometer), defines geothermal therapy as treatment with stones and temperatures. Although hot stone therapy is one of the most popular types of massage given in spas or private practice sessions, cold stones are being used more frequently as their benefits are studied and reported.

Technique

GEOTHERMAL THERAPY

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Edema is a type of swelling caused by trapped fluid within the body's tissues. Temporary conditions of edema may occur to most people at some point in their lifetime (such as pregnancy), and may be easily treated by massage therapy. Normally, the body removes excessive fluid before it builds up, but there are several factors that may lead to edema.  It is essential to identify the underlying cause of edema to develop a proper treatment plan. If the edema is severe and/or persistent, then your first priority should be to see a physician for a complete diagnosis of the cause. 

Technique

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE

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These techniques involved patient participation with muscles contraction in a precisely controlled position, a specific direction and against therapist-applied pressure.  After this isometric contraction, the tissues are moved or stretched. 

Technique

MET (MUSCLE ENERGY TECHNIQUE)

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This technique utilizes patient involvement to help bring the pelvis into neutral alignment, reducing torsion and pain in the SI joints (posterior pelvis) and realigning the pubic symphysis (anterior pelvis) where the left and right hip bones, or ilium, connect.

Technique

PELVIC BALANCE

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Prenatal massage "nurtures the nurturer" with gentle techniques, body support and positioning to meet the needs of the expectant mother.  All the benefits of a relaxation massage are provided within the context of the mother's changing body and sensitivities.

Technique

PRENATAL MASSAGE

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Reflexology (or foot reflexology) is a therapy based on the principle that there are small and specific areas of innervation in the hands and feet that correspond to specific muscle groups or organs of the body. Through the application of pressure on particular areas of the hands or feet, reflexology is said to promote benefits such as the relaxation of tension, improvement of circulation, and support of normalized function in the related area in the body.  

Technique

REFLEXOLOGY

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This work focuses directly on scar tissue to increase pliability and reduce restriction and discomfort of scar tissue caused by injury or surgery.   While not one of the more comfortable techniques, it can produce dramatic results in freedom of movement and pain reduction.

Technique

SCAR TISSUE RELEASE

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One of the most well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage involves five basic strokes (kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping) which flow toward the heart. Therapists use a combination of movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. 

Technique

SWEDISH MASSAGE

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Developed by educator and reading specialist Paul E. Dennison and his wife and colleague, Gail E. Dennison, Brain Gym® activities involve movements done during the first years of life when we  learn to coordinate the eyes, ears, hands, and whole body.  Even though it is not clear yet why these movements work so well, they often bring about improvements in concentration and focus, memory, attitude, and physical coordination.

Technique

BRAIN GYM

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Chair massage is a style of seated massage that is typically short -- 10 or 15 minutes -- and focuses on the back, shoulders and neck and arms. Chair massage is done over clothes using Swedish massage moves like kneading and compression and tapotement which don't require oil.

Technique

CHAIR MASSAGE

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Deep tissue massage involves manipulation of the deep layers of tissue in the body, including the fascia and other supportive tissue that make up the muscles and joints. Deep tissue massage is usually slower and firmer than other popular massage techniques, such as Swedish massage or acupressure. Most deep tissue massages normally focus on major muscle groups — such as the neck or lower back — along with joints and tendons that are susceptible to straining or injuries. 

Technique

DEEP TISSUE

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doTERRA's AromaTouch Massage Technique, developed by Dr. David K. Hill, D.C.,  involves the application of eight specific essential oils and blends along the spine, feet and hands.  Benefits include immune support, decreased pain and inflammation and an overall sense of well-being. It is a gentle technique and can be adapted to accommodate young or sensitive skin so that anyone can benefit without the worry of overwhelming the body.

Technique

AROMA TOUCH

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Essential oils are the naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.  These small organic compounds are called volatile because they change state (from solid or liquid to gas) quickly at room temperature. The type of compounds present in an essential oil determines both the oil’s aroma and the benefits it offers. 

Technique

ESSENTIAL OILS

These lamps (TDP lamps) contain a mineral plate which becomes ionized when heated. In their ionic state, the minerals can penetrate up to 3 ½ inches below the surface of the skin and into the muscles to help stimulate the healing and metabolic processes of your body.  The lamp is placed 12 to 16 inches above the area being treated and provides a warm sensation that is soothing and relaxing. 

Technique

FIM (Far Infra-red Mineral) HEAT

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Founded by registered nurse Janet Mentgen in 1989, Healing Touch (HT) is an energy therapy which uses only very light or near-body touch to influence the energy field that penetrates and surrounds the body (similar to Qigong, Jin Shin Jyutsu, and Reiki). Because HT therapy requires only a receptive participant and a practitioner, it can be used for nearly any indication or ailment. Many hospitals are incorporating HT to calm and prepare patients for surgery, chemotherapy, and other anxiety-provoking procedures, with studies suggesting it also provides decreased wound healing time and shortened hospital stays. It is especially useful for patients who are in pain but unable to tolerate traditional massage or touch, such as fibromyalgia and burn patients.

Technique

HEALING TOUCH

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Moist heat penetrates tissue more effectively than dry heat and is generally used for chronic (long-term) pain and stiffness. Heat increases blood flow and relaxes muscles.  Most therapists and doctors advise not to use heat right after an injury, as it will only increase the pain and swelling. If the area is inflamed or sore from overuse, use cold therapy, not heat therapy.

Technique

MOIST HEAT

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Gentle sustained pressure is applied into tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.  The body is given adequate time to respond to the pressure and allow the fascia to elongate.  No oils are creams are used on the area being treated.  Myofascial restrictions (from trauma, inflammatory responses, surgical procedures, etc.) can produce tensile pressures of  @2,000 pounds per square inch. Releasing this tensile pressure can provide significant pain relief and improved mobility.

Technique

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

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Young Living's Rain Drop Therapy uses several specially selected and applied essential oils.  It is a unique practice based on methods that have been used for centuries to rejuvenate the body and mind, bringing balance and harmony to the body with targeted massage and distinctive energy approaches. The technique, developed by Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young, draws from his experience with Native American wellness traditions and provides a revolutionary means of nurturing harmony—physically, mentally, and emotionally.  

Technique

RAIN DROP THERAPY

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This Japanese energy-based technique is administered by "laying on hands."  Reiki treats the whole person (body, emotions, mind and spirit) with relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being.  Our energy levels affect our health; if low, we are more likely to get sick or feel stress; if high, we are more likely to feel happy and healthy.  The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words, Rei ('ray') meaning "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power", and Ki ('kee') which is "life force energy."  Reiki is then "spiritually guided life force energy," although no dogma or religious beliefs are attached to or required for its use or reception. (I am currently a Level I&II practitioner.)

Technique

REIKI

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Soft silicone, glass or plastic cups are placed over areas of tension/restriction.  Suction is then created within the cups (using heat or mechanical means) creating negative pressure which lifts the tissue, releasing restrictions and improving blood flow.  Cups may be applied and moved along the body providing cupping massage, or may remain stationary to treat localized areas of pain, restriction and adhesion. The stationary technique can create marks which appear to be bruises.  Cupping marks, however, are not bruises; rather, they are an accumulation of stagnant bodily fluids which have been moved through the tissues and made available for clearing by the body's circulatory systems.  (Bruises are damaged tissue caused by extreme compression, which is not part of the therapeutic cupping process.)  With continued cupping, these areas will no longer redden, even though the treatment may be of the same or longer duration. 

Technique

THERAPEUTIC CUPPING

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Strips of cotton elastic therapeutic tape with an acrylic adhesive are specifically placed to support muscles and joints to treat pain and disability from injuries and other physical disorders.

Technique

COMING SOON: K-CUTS (ELASTIC THERAPEUTIC TAPING)

"Good for the body is the work of the body.  Good for the soul is the work of the soul. Good for either is the work of the other."

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A weekly massage for the same person, yet every week it's a different session.  Every day our bodies adapt and change to meet the needs of our external and internal environments.  The best massage sessions will employ a wide variety of techniques to meet those changes; some methods may remain fairly constant, others will be utilized as specific needs present themselves.  Below are some of the techniques / therapies / modalities that may be incorporated into your session.

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