What makes a great practitioner/ healer?

"Many practitioners have studied technique- they understand physiology and body mechanics, yet fall short of connecting to their clients on a deeper level. Transcendent to all techniques must be purity of heart and a clear intention to serve."
~ Kam Thye Chow

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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle.

Deep Tissue Massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.

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Medical Massage

This massage is specifically advantageous to those individuals with chronic inflammation, postural or structural deviations/ problems, paralysis or deformity.

Applied skillfully, Swedish massage can help speed recovery from injury and serves as an adjunct treatment to physical therapy in post-trauma rehabilitation.

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Although reflexology is sometimes called foot massage, it is more than simple foot massage. Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet.

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Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians.

Each point is held for for 2 to 8 seconds to improve the flow of energy and help the body regain balance.

People are normally pleasantly surprised when they try shiatsu for the first time. It is relaxing yet the pressure is firm, and there is usually no soreness afterwards.

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Sports Massage

Sports Massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don't have to be a professional athlete to have one-it's also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn't on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance.

A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish Massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.

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A modality now performed was developed by a Dr. Hashimoto in 1974, who wrote a paper about distortions in basic physical structure as it relates to complaints of general malaise. Integrity in the structure is maintained by developing a balance between breath and physical movement as it relates to this new form of exercise.

It seeks to restore balance in the body by aligning the breath with physical exercise in order to:
Release tight muscles
Realign joints and vertebrae
Remove structural interference
Facilitate nerve function
Improve blood flow
Improve circulation

By utilizing specific techniques such as:
1) certain holding breath patterns (client initiates the action upon exhale)
2) resistance with respect to:
a)"break the Inertia"
b)"Enhance Gravity"
d)"Rag Doll"
Pics to be added soon.

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Swedish Massage Therapy

This is the most common type of massage in the United States. It is also known as Swedish Massage or simply massage therapy.

Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.

Swedish Massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you've never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.

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Thai Massage

Like Shiatsu, Thai Massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. Thai Massage also includes compressions and stretches.

You don't just lie there--the therapist moves and stretches you into a sequence of postures. It's like yoga without doing any work. Thai Massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It is also reduces stress and improves flexibility and range of motion. See photos of a Thai massage session.

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Chair Massage

Utilizes compression and trigger point techniques to de-activate areas of hypersensitivity (pain) and relieve stress in areas of the head, neck, shoulders, upper/lower back, and legs, which often refer pain to other parts of the body. This modality usually leaves the client in a state of euphoria.

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