Modalities C – Different Types of Massage

Chair Massage

David Palmer was the person who created the concept of doing chair massage.

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Chi Nei Tsang

Holistic approach to Massage, treating the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects.  Most of the bodywork is done on the abdomen, to optimize the functioning of the internal organs.

Connective Tissue Massage/Bindgewebs massage

Developed by Elizabeth Dicke of Germany.  Technique consists of light strokes focusing on the superficial fascia between the skin and muscles. The tissue is hooked with the fingers of the therapist and dragged or pulled, stretching the skin.  No oil is used and the work often leaves a mark somewhat like an abrasion or burn.  Working in one area of the body causes a related effect at another area.

Continuum

Developed by Emile Conrad based on her background in movement and dance. Continuum has been successful in working with paralysis and spinal cord injuries.  Her system takes into account that the body is 80% water and has emerged from the undulating, watery environment of the embryo. From this she developed a method of movement based on the wave-like movement of the water flowing through our bodies. The method focuses on intrinsic felt movement, not imposed patterned movement. Using breath, movement, sound and meditation,  the participant is able to get in touch with their own cranial wave.

Cranio-sacral Therapy

A technique developed by many (Upledger, Milne, Sutherland) to correct cerebral and spinal  imbalances or blockages.  The treatment is  geared toward moving the soft tissue, correcting cerebral and spinal imbalances to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.  This system consists of working with the soft tissues, membranes, energy, and cerebral fluids surrounding the cranium, spine, and sacrum. Because of the creation and re-absorption of cerebral fluid there is a dynamic rhythm which radiates through out the body. The rate, amplitude, symmetry, and quality of this rhythm gives distinct information about the health and functioning of the entire body. By monitoring the cranio-sacral rhythm through palpation (subtle touch by the practitioner), the therapist can locate the part of the body which may be holding physical or emotional trauma. Once identified, further application (gentle compression and stretching) stimulates the body to make corrections and readjustments in the form of physical movements or emotional release.

Cranio-sacral therapy takes many years of practice and learning to be a qualified practitioner.  It is my personal opinion that theapists taking a weekend workshop are not qualified to call themselves a cranio-sacral practitioner.  True expertise comes with years of practice and learning.

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