Massage and Relaxation


Swedish is the most basic relaxation massage. Techniques are:

  • Effleurage long flowing strokes moving with the grain of the muscle starting from the origin to the insertion of the muscles. Working large muscle groups
  • Petrissage is the technique of kneading the body of the muscles to attain deeper massage penetration
  • Tapotement or Rhythmic Tapping
  • Friction
  • Vibration or Shaking.
  • Rocking



Fascial Therapies; Cranio sacral, Myofascial Release

Cranio sacral; practitioner places her hands on either side of the head with about the weight of a dime making contact with cranial system . Feeling for the brains expansion, this feels like a balloon being blown up. Measuring with the second hand on the clock, the time it takes for brain to expand. Then brain transitions into contraction, and time it takes for brain to contract is measured. Add the two numbers together you get the brain score. The assessment is also a treatment.

Myofascial Release; practitioner makes contact with fascial system with about the weight of a dime and moves in the direction of tension listening and following fascial system to where it needs to move in order to release and free restriction.

Superficial Fascia muscles closest to the skin and deep fascia the belly of the muscles.

Trigger point pressure is applied to points throughout the body that refers a sensation to another part of the body. The pressure is held there until the pain is reduced.

Deep tissue is deeper pressure

On a pain scale from 1-10, 5 being a good pain that feels a little uncomfortable and 10 being excruciating . The therapeutic pressure is between a 3-5. Anything less than a 3 is relaxing and anything more than a 5 is unnecessary and can even have the reverse effect. Practitioner checks in with the client on the pressure about 3 times.

Breathing Exercise; Breath inhaling 4 seconds through your nostrils and 6 seconds out your mouth 10 x Breathing through giving the muscles in the area permission to let go of any energy stress tension, pain that they may be holding onto ..

Visualization Excercise Imagine a color with the area. Once you have the color imagine an object. Once you have the object imagine or ask the muscle what needs to happen to that object in order for the muscle to release.