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any medical treatment. It is offered here as a service. Use this information at your own risk. No guarantee is made
towards validity. This is my personal belief on how these types of massages work on me.
Massage can be used for more than simply removing tension, through the
benefits to relaxation are considerable (reduced stress, for one.) All types of massage involve using the
hands/feet/elbows/etc to manipulate the muscles of the body.
Like Martial Arts, there are a number of styles of massage. These styles vary with the form of
manipulations, use of pressure points, goals of the massage, exact form of the manipulation, and various other
Some of the many side benefits to a good massage are: improved feeling of well-being, improved
immune system, improved healing (eg: sports injuries,) and so on. Plus it just feels darn good.
Some types of massage are intended to work and relax tight/sore muscles, others go for deeper healing
Some Massage Styles
Here is a list of types of some of the various massage types/styles and their benefits.
This is a traditional form of Chinese medice that is based on the same principles as acupuncture. Pressure is
applied to points along the body which removes blocks in the meridian system. Often helpful for improving the
immune system and well-being.
- Alexander Technique: teaches other ways of moving. This really isn't a massage - but is
often listed into the same section of various healing directories. This work teaches one how to sit, stand and
walk in a way that works with the bodies muscles. It is often recommended after other types of body work to
help keep the changes. It also helps dancers, singers, and athletes to perform their best.
- Balinese Massage
Therapy: Having originated on the exotic island of Bali, the Balinese massage therapy is
one of a number of ancient traditional massage techniques of Indonesia which had been carried down from one
generation to another as a method of curing a wide variety of complaints.
- Chi Nei Tsang: removes blockages in abdominal area. This is internal organ massage. It
feels weird at first but is very healing for digestive ailments. Also good for improving the immune system.
- Cranio-Sacral massage: CST is a gentle, hands-on method
of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system -
comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release
restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure
for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems
associated with pain and dysfunction
- Deep Tissue
massage: loosens muscles. This is very nice work. I'm not as fond of it as other massages as it
often hurts -- but I know some very strong advocates, including my wife.
- Feldenkrais: helps with sports injuries, snoring, general tension and often gets people
out of comas. It is a clothes on massage that teaches the body alternative ways to move.
- Hot Stone
Massage: The Hot Stone massage is a therapeutic massage technique in which a heated stone is held
by the massage therapist who uses it to apply the customary and traditional Swedish massage strokes...
- Indian Head
Massage: Its origins stem from an Indian remedial and grooming practice which had been and
continues to be part of the Indian daily ritual for over 4,000 years. The ancient Indians believed
- Jin Shin Jyutsu: helps reduce tension, stress and other problems. It is fairly similar to
Martial Therapy: No, this doesn't refer to the head massage received by a high roundhouse
kick. The Korean Martial Therapy has been recognized for its effectiveness in keeping warriors in their topmost
form before and after combat...
- Reflexology: adjusts
meridian energy. This is a very relaxing massage you can do on yourself. It helps remove blockages through the
feet and often feels wonderful. I've had it done through the feet or hands.
- Reiki: adjusts energy in the body.
This is really energy work. As the person channels energy through your body, be certain that you are in-tune
with the person doing this work.
- Rolfing: adjusts the muscles sheaths to be their full extension. This
type of massage enabled my spine to be fully straight -- I grew 2 inches by removing the curve in my back.
It also enabled my niece to not need back surgery. It is uncomfortable at best. Some practitioners are very
painful, try to find one that is tolerable.
- Rosen Method: focuses on the emotional body. I found this more effect for releasing
emotional trauma than traditional therapy.
- Swedish massage: focuses on relaxation. I find it
doesn't last as long as Feldenkrais or Trager. It is the most common type of massage and is very
Massage: the Sports Massage is a specialty massage technique that was created and developed
with athletes in mind. As such, the Sports Massage prepares the bodies of professional and amateur
- Trager Approach: helps with joint movement. This massage works on loosening all your
joints. It is very relaxing and enjoyable
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If possible, rest or take a walk after a massage to allow some time to adjust to your new relaxed
state. I find this helps me get the most out of a massage.
Here are some useful questions you may want to ask before going to a massage:
- Is this type of bodywork done fully clothed?
- How much does it cost?
- How long are appointments?
- Are you willing to do this work at my house?
- Do you have a waiting room?
- Is this a non-sexual type of massage?
- Is this a gentle massage?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- Do you use scented oil? What type of oil do you use? (Note: some massage such as Feldenkrais do NOT use
- Different types of oils can really affect a massage. If you have sensitivities to smells, be sure to ask
for unscented oils or oils that agree with you. Some oils have herbs (lavendar is very common for relaxation).
Others are said to have healing properties such as Emu oil. Depending on what works on you, you may request
specific types of oils or bring your own.
Here are some tips for during the massage:
- If the massage is too light or too hard, ask to have the pressure changed. Some massages are only light
(Rosen, Feldenkrais, etc.) but asking is appropriate.
- If you are uncomfortable (need heat turned up, less blankets, light moved), say something.
- Tell the practitioner where you hurt. This way the massage can focus on where you need it most.
- Spending time during the massage being grateful can help one make huge changes.
- Often breathing deeply can help you get the most out of a massage. Breathe into every cell of your
- Combining either aromatherapy or flower essences can enable even more change if so desired.
Here are some tips for after the massage:
- Drink lots of water. This helps the body release toxins that you were able to release during the
- Plan to take the first 20 minutes after a massage lightly. For example, go on a short walk or sit quietly.
This allows the massage to settle into the body.
- After many massages, a nice warm bath is very refreshing. (Note: after pranic healing this is NOT
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Massage Books and Websites
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Massage Products & Websites:
Massage Tables, Massage Chairs, & Massage Supplies - MassageKing
Massage and Energy Medicine by Zorena
Personal Recommendation: Zorena is an excellent massage therapist in Los Angeles, California. She does
rejunative massage, pranic healing and Feng Shui. She is very caring, kind, and healing. I found my self very
relaxed, calm and energized after her massage. (She also does energy work via phone.) Phone #: 310-479-5551
Bodywork For Men
Free site with worldwide links to male bodyworkers and masseurs.
Chi Nei Tsang
Information on Chi Nei Tsang massage.
The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique
This Web Site provides a systematic guide to all Alexander Technique information and resources - both on and
off the Internet.
Massage Therapy Schools Directory
NaturalHealers.com provides a guide to education and careers in massage therapy.
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Massage School Directory
Search by state for a massage school near you or anywhere in
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