Modalities (Types of Massage) Observations
The modalities section of this website was written after many months of research and many years of being in practice (14). There are so many different disciplines and techniques. These are only some of them. After reading many websites information, they all started to seem the same. The majority of the modalities claim to do these same things but with different techniques. Here are some common themes:
Many techniques were developed out of a need to heal a personal injury or that of a friend or family member. Many techniques were developed as a family tradition and carried on for generations. Many of the people who developed their own technique after studying one therapy and deciding there was a better way. Often therapies were combined to come up with a new way of doing something and to make it their own. Still others are just out there to make money.
After taking many workshops, can a teacher really teach you what they are doing? If you have a class of 20 students learning the same technique, all of them will most likely come away with their own version of the technique, application, experience and view of what was taught. Students often create a variation of the technique and make it their own. No two people will ever be alike in the way their hands feel, work and create. This is all part of the Art of Massage and Bodywork.
I looked at many varieties of modalities
to study and ended up focusing on Zentherapy® training. This
was after receiving a treatment from a very talented practitioner of Zentherapy®.
When I got off the table I said "Wow, what did you do to me?". I
spent the next 6 years studying the same techniques and realized that it
wasn't really the technique it was the person who gave me the treatment,
as I never quite experienced the same feeling throughout the intense training.
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