Developed by Per Henrik Ling in the 19th century. The basic strokes are Effleurage (a smooth, gliding stroke), Petrissage (a kneading stroke), Tapotement (a percussive technique), Frictions (usually a back and forth motion of the tissue over an underlying structure).
A type of massage, the aim of which is to stimulate specific areas of muscle which often contain myofascial trigger points. Neuromuscular Massage Therapy also involves specific treatment of the origins and insertions of muscles, as well as their bellies.
A technique for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia.
The deactivation of active trigger points which may cause local or referred pain.
Based on principles developed by Tom Bowen, an Australian, this technique involves a rolling or “flicking’ of the muscle tissue to restore normal energetic and lymphatic flow.
A system of exercise that addresses postural deviations to retrain the neuromuscular system and the biomechanical systems of the body, reminding each muscle of the function it was designed to perform.
A technique which attempts to physically break down adhesions within muscle tissue to relieve pain and restore normal movement. The massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.
An osteopathic technique that uses contract / relax procedures to restore normal movement and range of motion particularly to spinal joints.
A type of gentle massage which encourages the natural circulation of the lymph through the body.
A technique that uses pressure to points on the feet thought to correspond to all areas of the body.
Japanese holistic, light-touch, energy-based modality. Working as a support mechanism to the body, Reiki re-establishes a normal energy flow of ki (life force energy) throughout the system, which in turn can enhance and accelerate the body's innate healing ability.