Deep Tissue Massage- Massage
applied to the deeper, core layers of the body often using the elbow as
well as the usual thumb, finger and fist pressure. Greater
awareness is often needed to go into the deeper tissues without hurting
the client. Deep tissue work helps with chronic pain and injury rehabilitation.
Embodiment Training - The work of
Will and Lyn Johnson. Will, a rolfer and practicing budhist, uses
meditation, breath, diet to develop awareness of the body and mind.
Equine (horse) Massage- The
techniques of massage and bodywork are applied to horses of all disciplines
of riding ( dressage, hunter/jumpers, western, endurance, eventing).
For injury rehab, injury prevention, training, abuse recovery, or just
be nice to your horse. You don't need to be a licensed massage
therapist in most areas, but having the background and education will make
the best therapist. Horse handling is a big part of this, as horses
in pain can be a handful.
Esalen Massage - Basically swedish
massage influenced by the early leaders of Esalen, Charlotte Selver and
Bernie Gunther. Teaches the therapist to approach the client with
a quiet mind, bringing out the intuition and being fully present. It integrates
a philosophy of mind, emotion, and spirit along with the physical manipulations
that Swedish offers. It carries an
Feldenkrais- Developed by Moshe
Feldenkrais (1904-1984), Israeli physicist, mechanical engineer and the
first European to earn a black belt in Judo. He developed this method
out of his own need to heal a knee injury. Feldenkrais believed that awareness
had to be experienced, not taught verbally. His main premise was "Unless
we know what we are doing, we can not do what we want". Clients are
called students as it is a process of unlearning restrictive habits and
replacing them with efficient, graceful movement. Awareness through Movement
is the movement part of Feldenkrais. The bodywork part is called
Functional Integration which involves treating the nervous system primarily
through the skeletal structure by using hands on, painless manipulation.
Full training 3-4 years.
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