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Types of Massage

There are a variety of different styles, types and techniques of massage utilized by massage therapists. We've provided a description of some of the more popular and well known types of massage being used today.

» CranioSacral Therapy
» Deep Tissue Massage
» Myofascial Release
» Prenatal Massage
» Shiatsu
» Sports Massage
» Swedish Massage
» Trigger Point Therapy
» Reiki Sessions
» Reflexology
» Light & Mineral Therapy
» Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
» Castor Oil Treatment
» CBD Spot or Whole Body

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (also called CST, also spelled CranioSacral bodywork or therapy) is an alternative medicine therapy used by osteopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and occupational therapists. A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which they say allows them to tune into what they call the craniosacral system. 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 said to be eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is said to be optimized, and misaligned bones are said to be 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.[2]

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is also not uncommon for receivers of Deep Tissue Massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly. What one calls deep tissue another will call light. When receiving deep tissue work it is important to communicate what you are feeling.[2]

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and accompanying pain and restriction of motion. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.[2]

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage is similar to massage during non-pregnancy in terms of the goals (relaxation, pain relief, increased circulation & mobility, etc.). However, due to the changes undergone during pregnancy, modification are made. To accommodate swollen tender breasts and a growing belly, special pillows, positioning and techniques are utilized to ensure comfort for both the expecting mother and baby. With increasing weight, a changing center of gravity and the many other changes associated with pregnancy, prenatal massage can help provide relief and a sense of well being that is much deserved.[1]


Shiatsu (指圧) ("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. It also uses techniques such as rolling, brushing, vibrating, grasping and in one particular technique developed by Suzuki Yamamoto, pressure is applied with the feet on the persons back, legs and feet (special set up is required for the "foot" shiatsu).[2]

Sports Massage

Sports massage is actually a form of Swedish massage that is delivered to athletes. Most commonly, sports massage focuses on increasing blood and lymphatic fluid flow, reducing and eliminating pain as well as tender trigger points, and increasing range of motion of the affected area. Sports massages can be broken into 4 distinct types - the pre-event sports massage, the post-event sports massage, the restorative sports massage and the rehabilitative sports massage. As the names indicate, each type of sports massage has a different focus for the athlete as they are delivered at different times during their training and performance schedule.[1]

Swedish Massage

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. The development of Swedish massage is credited to Per Henrik Ling, though the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes. The term "Swedish" massage is not really known in the country of Sweden, where it is called "classic massage".[2]

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points or trigger sites are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. Trigger point practitioners believe that palpable nodules are small contraction knots[ambiguous] and a common cause of pain. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or local twitch response. The local twitch response is not the same as a muscle spasm. This is because a muscle spasm refers to the entire muscle entirely contracting whereas the local twitch response also refers to the entire muscle but only involves a small twitch, no contraction. The trigger point model states that unexplained pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself. Practitioners claim to have identified reliable referred pain patterns, allowing practitioners to associate pain in one location with trigger points elsewhere.[2]


Reiki is Japanese word meaning universal life energy. It is a gentle method of hands-on-healing that taps into the energy referred to as KI in Japan, Chi in China, and Prana in India. The practice of Reiki is based on the teachings of Mikao Usui who practiced and taught healing techniques in the early twentieth century Japan. Rieki is not massage, hypnosis or a tool for diagnosing illness. Reiki is a technique that addresses both chronic and acute conditions, gently and powerfully promoting balance among all body's systems and the regeneration processes of the body and mind.


Reflexology is a gentle art, a fascinating science and an extremely effective form of therapeutic foot/hand massage. Reflexology is a holistic healing technique-the term 'holistic' derived from Greek word holos which means 'whole'-and as such aims to treat the individual as an entity incorporating body, mind, and spirit. This method is done by massaging the feet or hands which effects the whole system. Bringing balance and harmony The art of reflex foot massage must not be confused with a basic foot massage or body massage in general. It is a specific pressure technique which works on precise reflex points on the feet or hands based on the premise that reflex areas that correspond with all body parts. Wonderfully relaxing.

Light Therapy & Mineral Therapy

Light Therapy Increasingly, light therapy is being used to reset our body clocks-sometimes along with melatonin and sometimes on its own no-matter- how or why they've been put off track. Scientists are discovering that light therapy may have the potential for treatment of several disorders. One of the highly effective naturopathic treatments available to us through is called Mineral Infrared Therapy. this non-invasive, non-surgical machine uses a blend of minerals found in the human body to create an infrared electromagnetic emission exactly in the spectrum of the minerals of your body. This emission penetrates six inches into the body and causes what is called a 'resonance' of these minerals which are then liberated from the oxidized conditions and are once again available as enzyme cofactors. You may or may not understand that, but the bottom line is that this treatment is effective for all conditions which involve enzyme dysfunction.

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is called the Hidden Key to Health and Longevity. The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body's ability to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. In essence, Lymph Drainage Therapy works to help recirculate body fluids, stimulate functioning of the immune system and promote a state of relaxation and balance within the autonomic nervous system. It is shown that when these actions are accomplished the results may be: reduction in edemas, detoxification regeneration of tissues, relief of chronic inflammation and conditions such as acne, eczema and allergies.

Castor Oil Therapy

Castor Oil Therapy is one of the oils that is very healing for the whole system internal & externally. The Oil that heals: Edgar Cayce's book is where I got the information years ago in 1996. Since then I myself do this treatment 2X a year. I treat my abdomen, hands, feet, and can be used on other extremities.Which take a lot of abuse from daily life period. Also it builds the immune system creates softness within and on the skin (skin = your biggest organ). It is practical to apply and its not expensive to do. If you want to learn more about the oil that heals you can go to: www.edgarcayce.org

CBD Treatments

You can recieve a spot treatment meaning on the knee, shoulder or elbow are examples.

Or you can have your whole session with CBD!

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