The Top 12 Massage Therapy Techniques To Know Now

February 26, 2019 by Jordan Nunziato

The Top 12 Massage Therapy Techniques To Know Now

In any type of business, certain trends come and go. Although there are hundreds of techniques to consider specializing in, there are 12 exciting techniques to add to your practice in 2019.

 

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health.

 

Assisted Stretching

Assisted stretching can improve range of motion, increase flexibility (and help prevent injury), get rid of general aches and pains, improve posture, increase blood flow and oxygen to the muscles, improve digestion, and help you relax

 

Chair Massage

Chair massage is a style of seated massage that is typically short—10 or 15 minutes—and focuses on your back, shoulders and neck and arms. Chair massage is done over clothes and doesn't require any massage oil.

 

CranioSacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is becoming a treatment of choice in areas of pain, rehabilitation and neurology. Also called CST, or cranial osteopathy, it is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on technique, developed by an American osteopathic physician almost one hundred years ago.

 

Cupping

Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy that’s based on the belief that certain health problems can be caused by stagnant blood and a poor energy flow through your body.

 

Energy Therapy

Energy therapies are also called biofield therapies. They are based on the belief that there are energy fields that flow through and around your body. When energy is flowing freely through your body, you have good emotional, physical and spiritual health. When you are ill, the energy flow is blocked.

 

Face-Lift, or Facial, Massage

While there are similarities between facelift massage and facial massage, you won't get a firming and lifting effect unless you specifically address the muscles involved. It's sort of like general Swedish work versus more specific or focused work such as rehab, deep tissue, etc. With facelift massage, you must be very specific and deliberate with your strokes. It really is best to take a class to learn the detail required to maximize results.

 

Geriatric, or Senior, Massage

Recent scientific research on aging and disease has included geriatric massage as a way to help aging patients. For example, the Alzheimer’s Association recommends using massage to soothe an Alzheimer’s patient who has become irritated and aggressive

 

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation or Simply IASTM is a new range of tool which enables clinicians to efficiently locate and treat individuals diagnosed with soft tissue dysfunction. The technique itself is said to be a modern evolution from Traditional Chinese Medicine called Gua Sha

 

Light and Laser Therapies

Laser Therapy treatment is a non-invasive therapy that makes use of intense beams of light of specific wavelengths to help reduce pain related to your injury.

 

Stone & Shell Therapy

Stone & Shell therapy is a relaxing massage that uses heat generated from inside shells. It's a relaxing massage that warms and soothes the muscles without a lot of pressure

 

Taping

The application of taping stays on the skin for 3-7 days, during this time the tape stimulates large diameter mechanosensitive nerve fibers. This novel sensory input helps to alleviate pain by preventing or reducing nociceptive traffic into the central nervous system.

 

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