Geriatric Massage- Massage therapy geared toward the aging population and their specific needs. Geriatric massage presents a challenge, because many of them have physical problems that complicate and interfere with diagnosis and treatment of any single illness. Diseases of one organ system place stress on other systems. Many older people also have nutritional deficiencies because of limited incomes, poor dental status, and other problems.  The elderly also run increased risks of complications from surgery, and convalescence takes longer because damaged tissues recover more slowly. The longer periods of bed rest can also lead to pneumonia, bedsores, and circulatory disorders. Medications are metabolized more slowly, as well, and their effects are prolonged in the body. Massage can greatly assist and bring relief from the above listed problems and by preventing strokes, relief of joint pain, and remove toxins from lymphatic system that may otherwise increase disease.
Web resources:
Daybreak Massage-  Geriatric massage project


Hakomi- Developed by Ron Kurz in mid 1970's.  Hakomi means "How do you stand in relation to these many realms" in the Hopi Indian language. Body based psychotherapy to assist clients in accessing their core beliefs that influence their behaviors.  Hakomi Integrative Somatics enables people to discover the habitual, automatic attitudes (both physical and psychological) that form the basis of their patterns of experience.  Full training 1 1/2 years.
Book Resources:
Body-Centered Psychotherapy- The Hakomi Method -Ron Kurz
Web resources:
Hakomi Integrative Somatics

Hawaiian/ Lomi- Lomi- Originated in the Hawaiian Islands, based on the traditions of the Polynesians and Pacific Islanders. Lomi-Lomi is one of the most beautiful forms of massage treatments as it looks more like a dance done by the practitioner. There are many forms of Lomi Lomi that originated with different families.  When giving a massage you are supposedly massaging 5,000 years of ancestors. A session begins with a ritual asking the client what results they want from the session. The massage technique itself consists of graceful, sweeping arm movements and ceremonial music. The elbow and forearm are used along with fingertip shiatsu like pressure point work.  Development of the practitioner is main focus using breath and acknowledgment of a Higher Power.
Auntie Margaret- Margaret Machado, RN., Hawaiian authority on Lomi-Lomi


Hellerwork- Developed by Joseph Heller who was a student of Ida Rolf's and the first president of the Rolf Institute in 1975. He was an aerospace engineer before getting into bodywork. He also studied bioenergetics and gestalt theories along with Aston-Patterning before he set off on his own. He devised an 11 session structural integration process combining it  with voice dialogue techniques.  Sections of the body are worked on as you talk about things relating to that area such as "how do you hold yourself back" when back work is being done.
Book resources:
Bodywise: by Joseph Heller ISBN: 0914728733
Web resources:
Joseph Heller's home page- founder of Hellerwork
Voice Dialogue method - Hal and Sidra Stone's site: developers of voice dialogue


Homeopathy - Holistic method of stimulating the body's life force based on Samuel Hahnemann's Law of similars.  Homeopathy means to treat with something that produces an effect similar to the suffering.  Remedies are made with diluted mixtures of plant substances that when given full strength may cause the problem or imbalance.  The higher the dilution the stronger the remedy.  Symptoms are the attempts of the body to heal itself.  Repressing them with drug therapy causes the root cause to remain.  Homeopathy is not the same as Naturopathic Medicine.  Naturopaths ususally practice Homeopathy.
Book Resources:
Healing with Homeopathy by Jennifer Jacobs, MD
Web Resources:

Hot Stone Massage- river rocks heated and placed on the muscles.  In my opinion very overpriced.  
Web resources:
LaStone Therapy - One of the first


Hydrotherapy- They use of water as therapy.  Water can be used in many ways and forms as a treatment method.  Ice therapy, heat therapy, steam, baths, poultices are just a few of the ways.  Can be done in a treatment or done by the client at home to continue healing.


Infant Massage-  Massage that addresses the special needs of infant.  Much research has been done to show that touch is very beneficial when done at an early age.  It stimulates growth and is nurturing to the soul. Techniques can be done to stimulate digestion and calm an upset baby.

Massage has a positive effect on the baby. When a parent gives a massage to the baby, the caring touch gives comfort and relaxation to the baby’s mind and body.

 How to give an Infant Massage

Choose a room that is warm and clutter-free. Do not choose a very bright room because there should not be any harsh lights falling on your baby. The best time to massage your baby is at bathtime or bedtime. Do not massage immediately after a feeding. Make sure your hands are warm and clean. Remove any jewelry like rings and make sure that you don’t scratch the baby’s delicate skin with your nails. It is best to keep your nails short and trimmed at all times. Use some natural oil like coconut oil or olive oil for massaging. Do not use mineral oil or nut oils.

Simple steps to give your baby a relaxing massage :

  1. Begin massaging with your baby’s feet. Use firm, but slow and gentle strokes.
  2. Then move slowly upwards to the lower leg and to the thigh. Then massage gently across the hips.
  3. Then turn your baby around. Give soft strokes on the baby’s shoulders and back, by massaging with your fingertips in circular movements. Do not massage the spinal cord.
  4. Then gently massage the baby’s neck with slow movements. Then caress the baby from the neck to the shoulders.
  5. Put both your hands on the baby’s shoulders and stroke from the shoulders towards the middle of the chest. Then gently massage the baby’s chest.
  6. Then start at the shoulders again and go slowly down the arm to the fingers. And wipe any oil from the baby’s fingers before he/she sucks them.
  7. Then massage on the abdominal area using circular stokes clockwise. But massage the tummy only if the baby doesn’t feel uncomfortable.
  8. Use one hand and start at the lower right side of the baby’s tummy. Then gently move up and across the tummy.
  9. To massage the face, give light strokes across the forehead and cheeks. Then begin at the sides of the nose and move outwards.
  10. Using soft and slow movements, finish the massage starting at the head and back to the toes.
  11. When the massage is finished, dress your baby slowly in comfortable clothes.
  12. While massaing, stop if your baby cries or squirms. Try it some other day when the baby is more receptive.

Massage has a powerful and positive effect on the baby. Massaging calms down the baby instantly. It promotes the baby’s health and well-being. Make it an enjoyable experience for both the baby and the parent.

There are many benefits of Infant Massage like :

  1. It calms restless babies
  2. It soothes the babies senses and induces sleep
  3. It helps the parent and baby to know each other
  4. It strengthens the parent-baby bond through touch and eye contact
  5. The parent can spend some quality time with the baby
  6. It helps the baby and parent to communicate with eachother. The parent can understand baby’s needs and respond better with some baby talk
  7. The baby feels more safe and loved
  8. It stimulates the baby’s body including the immune system, circulation and digestion
  9. It stimulates the brain and nervous system.
  10. It helps in growth and development by encouraging movement and coordination
  11. It gives relief and relaxation to the baby

Web Resources:
International Loving Touch Foundation
International Association of Infant Massage-
Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators


Iridology - Eye analysis that detects warning signs of physical, mental and spiritual imbalances. Started by Hungarian physician, Ignatz Von Peezlvy and carried on by Bernard Jensen among others.  The various patterns found in the iris correlate to different organs of the body.  Used to detect weak organs, glands and tissues, lymphatic congestion, poor assimilation of nutrients.
Web resources:www.iridology.com



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