Bodywork Modalities & Choosing the Right Therapist
What are the different Modalities?
"Modality: A therapeutic method or agent.
A technique or specialty."
There are over 350 Bodywork Modalities. With so many options, how can you possibly choose what to try first? Choosing a Bodywork Modality begins with looking at your ailments, goals and reason for seeking out help. Here is a short list of commonly known modalities and what they do.
Swedish: This type of massage targets muscles, glands, circulation, and nerves to relax and produce various health benefits.
Deep Tissue: The therapist targets the deeper levels of the muscles and the connective tissue to promote healing.
Aromatherapy: The therapist chooses essential oils based upon the needs of the client to relieve stress or treat other conditions.
Acupressure: Applying pressure to specific points in the body to remove any blockages in the body's life energy that could be causing diseases and other problems.
Shiatsu: A traditional form of massage in Japan that employs rhythmic pressure at specific meridian points in the body for a few seconds to unlock the body's energy.
Craniosacral Therapy: One of the more gentle, yet powerful therapies that uses gentle manipulations and adjustments at the base of the cranium, sacrum and tailbone releasing tension from the membranes and nerve tissue, allowing the body to self correct.
Reiki: A Japanese healing system where the practitioner attunes the person's bio-energy field to accept a very high vibrational force that induces deep relaxation and resonates on a frequency that promotes optimum wellness within the body.
Myofascial Release: A gentle form of stretching that evaluates and treats the fascial connective tissue system, which can become restricted due to overuse, inactivity, trauma or muscular tension.
You can google or look up most modalities offered by therapists. As long as you are working with a professional (more on that later), they will offer a recommended treatment plan for your specific needs.
Find a therapist who listens to your limitations. Someone who can explain the methodology behind their technique and why it will work for you.
What is energy?
Energy Healing helps diffuse over active or static energy within the body. Its how we keep our own hardware from frying.