In honor of the last day of National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, we are going to talk about the lesser known modalities related to massage therapy.
This Japanese modality, which translates to finger pressure, is a form of bodywork that involves assisted stretching and joint mobilization. The practitioner uses their fingers, thumbs, hands and body weight to apply pressure to points along channels in the body that are similar to the meridian systems in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Shiatsu corrects imbalances in the body and it also strengthens the body’s ability to heal itself physically and emotionally.
This form of bodywork manipulates and regulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid by using holds along the client’s head, spine and feet. These holds release restrictions in the craniosacral system which improves the functioning of the central nervous system, positively impacting the body physically and emotionally.
This form of massage targets the lymph system, which assists with nutrient delivery and toxin removal. The circular brushing and light pumping movements of this modality are detoxifying and immunity boosting. The stimulation of the lymph system will leave you feeling more relaxed and at ease.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It uses hands on healing to correct imbalances in the body’s energy field. The imbalances may be within the Chakra system or it may be from Qi deficiency. Reiki practitioners read the client’s body for signs of imbalance and then use their own energy force to boost the deficient areas. This modality helps the body emotionally and spiritually so that it may heal itself physically.
So come on in and try these modalities or add them onto your regular massage!