There are a continual growth in our massage therapy profession, from who is offering massage therapy and bodywork, where massage is being offered,
and what body work and alternative health techniques are being offered.
To some degree, this is what I enjoy most about both the profession, and being an instructor at Massage School.
One can never get board. In addition, when it comes time for CEU’s, it’s like the state has just offered you an infinite fork in the road. With the diversity, and growth in this massage therapy profession, you can re-invent yourself every two years!
Attached is an interesting list of some of what’s out there:
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body arrangement called the craniosacral system. Developed by John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., this manual therapy enhances the body’s natural healing processes and has proven effective in treating a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face, and mouth — which make up the cranium — down to the sacrum or tailbone. Since this system influences the development and function of the brain and spinal cord, any imbalance or dysfunction in the craniosacral system could cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities. These problems may include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities, and other dysfunctions of the central nervous system. Craniosacral therapy encourages the body’s natural healing mechanisms to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, and enhance health and resistance to disease. The craniosacral therapy practitioner uses a light touch to assist the natural movement of fluid within the craniosacral system. Therapists generally use only 5 grams of pressure, roughly the weight of a nickel, to test for restrictions in various parts of the craniosacral system. It’s often possible for the evaluation alone to remove the restriction and allow the system to correct itself.
Using glass cups to apply suction to drain excess fluids and toxins, loosen and lift connective tissue, bring blood flow to adhesions , stagnant skin and muscles and stimulate the peripheral nervous system. Beneficial treatment to reduce cellulite by improving circulation, reduce toxins, loosen adhesions or ‘dimpling.’ Also used at the onset of a cold.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Techniques which utilize deep tissue/deep muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require more advanced training and a more thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation, and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendonitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.
Exfoliates the body with a brisk dry brushing that leaves the skin smooth and glowing. Dry Brushing also stimulates circulation and the lymphatic systems. Its recommended before any wraps to increase effectiveness of treatment.
Stimulating acupuncture points with a safe, well regulated electrical current.
FACIAL TONING HYDROTHERAPY TREATMENT
Formerly known as “Face Lift Facial Massage & Hydrotherapy,” this technique uses muscle toning massage or lymphatic drainage therapy techniques to promote a vibrant complexion and combat the effects of stress and aging. Increases circulation and improves skin tone. Oils, lotions and creams can be used to exfoliate, moisturize and soften the skin to give you a more youthful look. Session includes hand and foot massage, warm towels, and finishes with a little neck massage. Just a little bit of heaven!
Geriatric massage, with its focus on the elderly, addresses the psychological and physiological aspects of aging and its associated diseases. Therapists use a variety of techniques suited to the needs of the individual.
Scraping the skin with a tool to increase circulation. Classically used to reduce fever, cough, respiratory ailments, stiffness, pain, and heat-stroke.
After examination and interview, herbs are prescribed to help with issues such as pain, insomnia, anxiety, menopausal symptoms, PMS, common cold, allergies, or digestive upset. Most formulas in stock are in tablet or pill form, but powders and bulk teas can be special ordered and shipped to you.