Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy- Developed
by Therese Pfrimmer of Canada in 1940's as a result of her battle with
paralysis. Pfrimmer therapy is detailed cross fiber friction that
stimulates circulation and regenerates the lymphatic flow. The work enables
free flow of lymph and blood as well as improving joint movement and removal
of waste products/toxins from muscle tissue. Training is a 2 week
Pilates- Pilates is a method of
movement and execise developed by Joseph Pilates. The exercises focus
on development of the core muscles and work to lengthen the muscles while
strengthening them. Pilates is also sometimes called "The Method"
as there is some controversy over the rights to the work.
Polarity- Developed by Austrian
born Randolph Stone in the 1920's. Stone was trained in chiropractic,
osteopathic medicine, naturopathic medicine and Ayurvedic methods. he also
studied Yoga extensively. Polarity theory is based on the principle
that every cell has both negative and positive poles and the body is gently
manipulated through touch or holding of tissue. The top and right side
of the body have positive charges and the feet and left side have a negative
charge. The practitioner places their right hand on the negative
charged parts of the client and the left hand on positively charged parts.
Integrates bodywork, diet, simple exercises (polarity yoga) and self- awareness.
Emphasizes the connection of the body, mind, emotions and spiritual connections.
The intention is to balance the energy in the body, toward the ultimate
goal of uniting body, mind, emotions and spirit. Training is a 430
Postural Integration- Jack Painters
work developed from his training in Rolfing. Focus on the unity of tissue,
feeling and awareness using breathwork, deep fascia manipulation, emotional
expression and meditation. Training consists of a 3 year program:
the first 2 years are supervised instruction, the 3 year is supervised
Pregnancy Massage- Massage therapy techniques geared toward the expectant mother. There are many health concerns and complications to take into consideration when working with a pregnant woman. Most techniques are done in the side-lying position as they are unable to lay prone. In most cases massage can be done right up to and including delivery.
Massage is an ancient form of healing, pain management and stress relief. The Chinese practiced it more than 3000 years ago, and it has been used continually since then. Massage is the manipulation of the soft body tissue - muscles, connective tissue and the largest organ - skin. Today there are many modalities of bodywork and massage; Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, just to name a few.
Pregnancy massage focuses on the special needs of the mother-to be, as her body progresses through the dramatic changes, of the childbirth experience - pregnancy, birth, and post-partum.
Postpartum massage is designed to help restore the body to it’s pre-pregnancy
condition and to address the stress of carrying and caring for a newborn. It can
Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy: A woman’s body undergoes many changes during pregnancy leading to stress and discomfort. Massage is a perfect way of reducing stress and promoting general well-being of the pregnant woman. The benefits of massage include:
Massage during pregnancy is usually safe, but there are certain circumstances in which massage should be totally avoided. Some of them are:
Areas of the body that should not be massaged include:
According to a recent study, massage reduces the level of stress hormones in babies and helps them sleep better and cry less. It was also found to be beneficial for mothers suffering from postnatal depression.
Researchers found out that massages help create a closer bond between babies and their mothers. Massage helps in promoting mental and physical health in infants.
All the babies in the study were healthy, full-term babies whose average age was around six months. It was found that massage affects the release of melatonin, a hormone that is known to help sleep patterns.
The massage should include touching the baby’s body, from head to toe, and looking into the eyes. It should be very gentle and must be done very carefully using light strokes.
The following points should be considered first before going for any types of massage during pregnancy:
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation- Developed by Dorothy Voss. Use of controlled movements to stretch, lengthen and re-organize the muscle. based on Sherrington's Principle of reciprocal innervation: when the agonist is firing and the affected joint moves, the antagonist group will be inhibited.