SHEN- Specific Human Energy Nexus Physioemotional Release Therapy. Developed by Richard Pavek whose background was in Gestalt work, electronics, chemistry, aeronautics.
Shiatsu-A Japanese healing modality
similar to Chinese acupressure utilizing a Japanese
Shiatsu is a Japanese hand healing method effective for stress, locomotive and internal disorders. In Oriental Medicine, all disorders are seen as the result of an imbalance of the distribution of life force in the body. The practitioner supports and empathizes with the receiver's inner drive to recover, balances the life force in the meridians and creates a warm understanding through touch and pressure, thus promoting self-healing. The client is fully clothed to receive Shiatsu.
As in Chinese medicine, Japanese medicine recognizes a life energy – called ki in Japanese rather than the Chinese qi – that flows through all living beings. Ki flows throughout the entire body along 12 main channels, called meridians, each associated with a particular organ. As it flows throughout the body, ki may become excessive or weak in certain areas. Practitioners can build up weak ki or release excess ki by stimulating hundreds of points called tsubos, which are located along the meridians.
The practitioner generally uses her knuckles, palms, elbows, or even feet to apply pressure to the points, and the pressure may be light or deep, depending on the desired affect. Shiatsu pressure is generally applied for three to five seconds.
Shiatsu practitioners use a couple of different techniques. Some focus on certain tsubos, while others take a more general approach, using pressure all over the body to stimulate balanced flow of ki throughout the meridians.
There isn’t much scientific research specifically on shiatsu, but it is believed that findings on acupressure, acupuncture, and massage are relevant to this therapy as well. Practitioners believe that shiatsu is effective as a general tonic to enhance health and as a treatment that stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself in cases of specific illness.
Although shiatsu can be very helpful in alleviating some of the discomforts of pregnancy, especially morning sickness, pregnant women should not use shiatsu without the advice of a health care practitioner. Pressure on certain points has shown to cause uterine contractions and may lead to miscarriage.
Shiatsu should also be avoided if you have a heart condition, after a heavy meal or exertion, in cases of acute infection, or on points where there is a bruise, open wound, mole, wart, or varicose vein.
Somatics- Developed by Thomas Hanna
building on his work with Moshe Feldenkrais. Sensory motor amnesia
is the memory loss of muscles groups due to habitual movement patterns.
We lose awareness and feeling in such areas. The goal of Somatics
is to reawaken them through the use of movement and awareness.
Soft Tissue Release- Stuart Taws-
Sports injury technique developed by Stuart Taws while working with the
British Athletic Team. Uses techniques to break up chronic scar tissue
adhesions and followed up with specific stretches that involve 3 different
Soma Neuromuscular Integration-
Developed by Bill Williams, one of Ida Rolf's first students, in 1978.
Combines structural integration with psychological therapy to realign the
body, mind, spirit.
Sports Massage- Massage applied to serious athletes for training, injury prevention, rehab, pre and post event strategies. You have to know what you are doing to work with athletes as their life depends on their bodies. Working too deep before an event may leave them weak and unable to compete. They work themselves to exhaustion and do it all over the next day.
Sports Massage is a highly specialized form of massage therapy. It begins with careful study of the movements involved in sports activity. Then the muscle and joint movements are analyzed. Finally, deep tissue strokes, muscle massage, release points, and joint movements are designed to correct harmful movement patterns and prevent tissue damage during exercise. Sports Massage consists of specific components designed to reduce injuries, alleviate inflammation, and provide warm-up for amateur and professional athletes before, after, and within their training regimes. It is tailored to the specific needs of an athlete's sport.
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Is sports massage beneficial during
Does sports massage aid in the
recovery from injury?
Stone Therapy - see Hot Rock Therapy
Strain Counter strain- Developed by Lawrence Jones, DO. The work focuses on joint dysfunction and treatment of such problems by passively putting the joint into its position of greatest comfort. The malfunctioning muscle is shortened by placing a mild strain (stretching) to its antagonists. His tenderpoints are located in the deeper muscle, tendon and ligament structures.
Structural Integration- Originally
developed by Ida Rolf. Other therapies have used her work as a basis
of their programs and combined it with other techniques. 10 session
series of treatments to balance and align the body with the gravitational
Swedish Massage- A collection of techniques designed for relaxation, using massage oils to reduce friction. Many of the therapeutic effects include increased circulation, increased flexibility, removal of lactic acid and toxins, relaxes nervous system, and stimulates the skin. Techniques can be modified to treat injuries and muscular related problems.