T e c h n i q u e s & M o d a l i t i e s
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation.
Polarity Therapy is an alternative medicine health system developed in the 1940s by Dr. Randolph Stone. The theory is that healing can be achieved through manipulation of complementary (or polarized) forces. Manipulation of these reflexes can bring the corresponding tissues into greater health.
Reflexology is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands and feet that relate to every organ, gland, and system of the body.
Acupressure is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique derived from acupuncture. In acupressure physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points by the hand, elbow, or with various devices.
Shiatsu ("shi" meaning finger and "atsu" meaning pressure) is an eastern (oriental) born therapy that uses pressure applied with thumbs, fingers and palms to the same energy meridians as acupressure and incorporates stretching.
Cranial Sacral Unwinding
Cranial Sacral Unwinding is an alternative medicine therapy used by osteopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and occupational therapists. The practitioner gently works with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is optimized, and misaligned bones are restored to their proper position. Craniosacral therapists use the therapy to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Core hand medicine offers a sound mechanical model. A model that integrates the subtle anatomy and the physical anatomy. Core treats the whole human package. The manipulations used in core treatments are subtle. The touch of the hands during core sessions is very gentle. However, the effect is deeply penetrating. Core is not pathology specific. This means that core does not treat specific diseases. Core is energetic and fluid mechanics. Core hand medicine offers the wisdom of the soul the opportunity to heal the package.
Myofascial release refers to the manual massage technique for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, integument, and muscles with the goal of eliminating pain and increasing range of motion improving equilibrioception. Myofascial release usually involves applying shear compression or tension in various directions or skin rolling.
Medical Qi Gong
Medical Qigong therapy is the oldest therapeutic modality of Chinese medicine. It is a comprehensive system of health care addressing the root cause of symptoms or disease, and treats the client as a whole.