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A:General: Massage Therapy or Therapeutic Massage: which is about pressure and stroke intention or specificity:

Pressure of 1-2:Light Pressure: Relaxation Massage; long, rather light and broad strokes used to connect body from one region to another, intention on superficial tissues. Most often a full body session. Traditional names like effleurage and petrissage. There is less tissue displacement in this pressure than in any of the others.

Pressure 3-4:  Medium Pressure: somewhat strong, moderately firm strokes often intended to mobilize restricted soft tissues. Can be applied full body or used locally for specific pain and restricted motion issues, or what clients often refer to as knots. Traditional names like kneading, trigger point or neuromuscular therapy, and various forms of friction. May integrate long and short strokes. Can also feel quite relaxing.

Pressure 4-5:Firm Pressure: Often referred to “deep tissue” massage: usually applied to specific issues and concentrated areas of the body that really feel stuck, and stagnate or the client feels the need to get in deep to meet the pain. The pressure feels significantly strong and deep, and is also usually applied at a slower pace. Not usually a full body application, but concentrated to specific areas and integrated with other pressure therapies. It has a tendency to leave a little lingering soreness, with the intention of increased mobilization of the tissues. It also is called trigger point therapy, deep kneading, and friction.

Assisted stretches and movement of joints can be applied at any level.

Often, pressure and intention is varied and decisions made as the massage goes along depending on the integrity of the tissue being worked and how it responds. Client input and feedback is always encouraged.

A:Variations of the above therapies that you might have heard, utilizing the above pressure descriptions and strokes. Generally, a full body massage. Sports therapy is simply associated with athletic clients, and applied according to what their tissues respond to, but does often incorporate assisted stretching and joint movements.

A:Connective tissue therapies refer to a type of therapy specifically applied to change the state of, or pattern of, tissue known as fascia. It is applied to shortened, restricted tissue, with the  intention to decrease the negative effects of repetitive motion, dysfunction postural patterns, chronic pain patterns, and hence, is also asking the neurological input to change. Fabulous for old injuries, lack of range in joints, tissue that feels fibrous and restricted in length or motion. 
Bodywork terms are Myofasical therapies, Rolfing, CranioSacral Therapy, any repatterning therapy and  unwinding. The pressure used can be light, medium or deep, but is intended with specificity. The experience can be described as a very specific stretch, a warming of the area, with the release creating movement and a lengthening feeling.

A:Specifically applied to trigger points anywhere in the body, or what clients often call knots, which are small, mini, localized muscle spasms. They often feel like a muscular bump, frequently experienced by a client along the top of the shoulder in the trapezius muscle or along the edges of the shoulder blade/scapula. Sometimes the points are tender and highly sensitive which might require a lighter touch. Other times, they best respond to deep sustained pressure and/or frictioning and kneading. Trigger points classically refer pain to areas that might be further away than one can imagine. Think of classic heart attack symptoms. Hence, it can take time to find the exact area the pain in originating from. Exploration is indicated. It is not unusual for low back pain to come from an active trigger point in the gluteal area, or for a headache to come from a point in the upper shoulder, known as trapezius muscle, or the SCM muscle in the neck, but when the source is found and the therapy applied, the release and pain reduction can be significant.

A:Energy Work has various names such as Reiki, Acupressure, Chakra balancing, Craniosacral therapies. It is easily applied within the context of other strokes, or on its own, and can be integrated with any other therapy. Energy work is often a light touch therapy application, but has truly deep tissue influences. These applications can feel very relaxing or have a harmonizing effect on the whole body-mind complex. Some also describe experiential results as deeply healing or spiritually connecting in feeling, along with physical shifts of tissues and blockages, or pain reduction.

A:Finger pressure on specific points known as acupoints where energy in meridians can be accessed close to the body surface. Shiatsu is a form which generally presses many points in a fairly quick paced rhythmic fashion in every meridian. Jin Shin Do, TM,  form uses finger pressure on a local point, often where pain is, and a distal point to help energy distribute from backed up areas, or move into deficient areas. The points are held generally until there is movement. Hence the holding time can be varied. Interestingly, trigger points or the chronic knots felt in the body frequently correspond with acupoints. Points worked in the face and neck and shoulders are classic examples. Hence, therapeutic intention can go back and forth on a specific point, helping the point or the pattern to more fully release. Acupressure therapies also can easily be intergraded with massage and other therapies. While acupressure is defined as a form of energy work, it can also feel like trigger point therapy because of specificly sustained finger pressure of a sore spot.
A:A therapy intended to assist movement of fluid. Always a light touch rhythmic therapy applied in specific areas where lymph nodes and lymph drainage routes are located. A good therapy for inflammation, although not during active infection.

A:Except for contagious illness or skin conditions that may be spread, current knowledge suggests that massage is safe for most people. The pressure and the length of the session may need to be adjusted, depending on how a client feels on his or her appointment day. For instance, fragile bones and other tissues require a really light touch. We avoid areas that have had radiation or a specific tumor location. The therapist and client likely need extra time to discuss conditions and tissue sensitivities. My biggest thought here is come in, let’s work on what feels the best to you. Stress reduction, and body-mind connection has its very own special health benefits!