Treatment Terminology

Treatment Definitions and Terminology


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Basic Swedish Massage
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The foundation of most treatments; incorporates the five basic Swedish strokes (effleurage, pettrissage, friction, tapotment and vibration) applied to the full body; uses a range of pressure from light to very deep; uses lubricant of oil, lotion, gel or cream * Releases muscle tension 
* Improves muscle function & range of motion
* Reduces pain
* Promotes faster healing
* Improves immune function
* Decreases skin dryness
* Improves sleep
* Increases energy
* Reduces stress
Sports Massage
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Pre-event: brief, invigorating massage given within an hour of event incorporating rocking and compressions

Post-event: calming massage incorporating slow compressions and stretches

* Improves performance
* Energizes pre-event and relaxes post-event
* Reduces muscle soreness and fatigue
* Improves recovery time after a workout
* Decreases chance of injury
* Promotes faster healing after injury
Deep Tissue/Specific Massage
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Focuses on a few areas of the body, incorporating a variety of specific techniques: trigger point, muscle stripping, cross fiber and deep specific friction, including direct pressure on sore muscles; hot stones can be used for trigger point work * Breaks up scar tissue and adhesions
* Improves range of motion & flexibility
* Increases local circulation
* Reduces pain and spasms
Prenatal Massage
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Massage from therapist trained in techniques to alleviate common complaints that accompany pregnancy, propping techniques for client comfort, contraindications for pregnancy * Reduces swelling
* Relieves low back pain
* Reduces stress
* Improves sleep
* May reduce or prevent complications
Trigger Point Therapy
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Technique used in deep tissue massage: sustained pressure on specific muscle tension with referral pattern * Reduces or eliminates spasms in specific muscle fibers
* Resets muscle length with the brain improving range of motion & flexibility
Positional Release
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Gentler technique used in deep tissue massage: holding muscle in slackened state to interrupt pain-spasm-pain cycle * Reduces pain
* Improves muscle function
* Improves flexibility & range of motion
Myofascial Massage
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Slow warming strokes with little or no lubricant * Softens and separates connective tissue
* Removes adhesions
* Corrects structural imbalances
Lymphatic Massage
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Light feathery strokes and skin brushing * Flushes lymphatic system
* Detoxifies and cleanses system
* Reduces edema
Hot Stone Massage
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Warmed and oiled Lava rocks used for pressure and massage, allowing heat to penetrate deeply into muscles; can combine with aromatherapy to increase effectiveness * Deeply relaxing 
* Melts away stress 
* Allows deeper work without pain
Aromatherapy
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Library: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
The use of essential oils derived from plants and flowers to cause a specific response within the body. * We offer our own custom blends 
* Choose from relaxation, Revitalizing or Sore Muscle Rub 
* Increases the effectiveness of the massage treatment
Hot Packs/Hydroculator
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Library: Creatures of Water: Hydrotherapy Textbook
Application of moist heat to specific areas of tightness or soreness; Peaceful Spirit hot packs are a form of moist heat * Relaxes muscles
* Allows deeper work without pain
* Increases local circulation
Ice
Library: Creatures of Water: Hydrotherapy Textbook
Application of ice to injured or inflamed area prior to or post treatment for 10-20 min. * Reduces inflammation
* Reduces pain
Alternates
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Library: Creatures of Water: Hydrotherapy Textbook
Repeated emersion of specific area into alternating hot and cold water * Creates pumping action in blood vessels, flushing wastes out and nutrients in
* Reduces inflammation
* Speeds healing process after injury
Deep Heating Paraffin Treatment
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Great for old injuries and arthritis, paraffin wax is applied to the skin where it locks in deeply penetrating heat. After removal, specific massage on the area can maximize the benefits. * Deep penatrating heat on arthritis, old injuries
Warming Ginger Massage
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Library: Creatures of Water: Hydrotherapy Textbook
Towels soaked in water infused with fresh ginger root applied to specific area * Reduces pain
* Improves local circulation
* Allows deeper work without pain
* Sedates
Facial Mud Mask
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Mineral rich mud is applied to the face and is allowed to dry. It is then removed with warm towels and a moisturizing facial massage is given. Mud tones skin, reduces swelling and draws out toxins. This is a nice add-on to any treatment. * Tones skin
* Reduces swelling
* Draws out toxins
Mini Ultimate for Hands & Feet
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Library: Creatures of Water: Hydrotherapy Textbook
This treatment is a heavenly peppermint aromatherapy oil massage focusing on your hands and feet. You may customize this 30 minute session to fit your timing needs, for example all hands or all feet or a mix. *Gently exfoliates the feet
* Promotes circulation
* Relaxes the whole body
Body Wraps 
Library: Creatures of Water: Hydrotherapy Textbook
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Body is cocooned in layers of sheets and blankets for 45 min. maximum * Detoxifies 
* Releases muscle tension
* Increases systemic circulation
* Improves nutrition of tissues
* Reduces stress
Aloe Vera Body Wrap
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A great way to detoxify and promote tone in the skin, our Aloe wrap also may reduce the appearance of cellulite and blemishes, all with a wonderfully soothing aroma. * Detoxes
* Promotes skin tone
*reduces appearance of cellulite & blemishes
Seaweed Body Wrap
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Paste of water and seaweed spread over body, then body wrap applied * See Body Wraps Benefits
* Remineralizes, hydrates and smoothes skin
* Strengthens bones, fingernails and teeth
* Reduces pain from muscle ache and degenerative diseases
Aromatherapy Wrap
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Library: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
Oil infused with aromatic essential oils massaged onto body, then body wrap applied; aroma also diffused into air * See Body Wraps Benefits
* Benefits range from medicinal to general relaxation
* See chart in kitchen or book in library for specific oil uses
Reflexology
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Library: The Art of Reflexology
Pressure on specific areas of the foot or hand, affecting corresponding systems of the body; based on meridian theory and/or western theory stating that the entire body is reflected in the feet and hands * Restores balance to entire body
* Strengthens immune system
* Soothes nervous system
* Promotes healing of internal organs
* Relieves autoimmune diseases
CranioSacral Therapy
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Subtle manipulation of cerebral spinal fluid * Unblocks and circulates cerebrospinal fluid
* Realigns muscles & body parts
* Relieves sinus conditions, head injuries or TMJ dysfunction
* Promotes relaxation
Traditional Chinese Medicine
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Library: Complete Illustrated Guide to Chinese Medicine
Complete healthcare system of medicine encompassing acupuncture, acupressure, herbology, moxabustion (a form of heat therapy), dietary considerations, and some meditative and exercise techniques * Improves and maintains health 
* Stimulates Qi ("life force" or "vital energy") to flow harmoniously throughout body
* See Acupuncture for specific benefits
Acupuncture
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Library: Complete Illustrated Guide to Chinese Medicine
Oldest form of Chinese Medicine practiced by inserting needles at locations along meridians (energy pathways) where Qi can be easily contacted and gently rotating needles to stimulate energy and alleviate blockages * Enhances immune response
* Reduces pain
* Reduces stress 
* Improves sleep
* Increases energy
* Detoxifies
* Relieves migraines, allergies, asthma
* Improves gynecologic problems and infertility
* Treats eating disorders and addictive behaviors
Acupressure
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Library: Acupuncture Without Needles;
Similar to acupuncture by accessing Qi at certain points along meridians but applies pressure at these points instead of needles * See Acupuncture benefits
Zen Shiatsu
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Japanese modality of bodywork using stretches and finger pressure to access meridians in body * Energizes the body & spirit
* Improves mental clarity
* Reduces pain 
* Reduces stress 
* Improves sleep 
* Releases emotional imbalances
* Soothes nervous system
* Strengthens immune system
Chi Nei Tsang
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Handouts: Chi Nei Tsang Self-Help Routine
Vital organ therapy consisting of visceral manipulation techniques, meditation, Traditional Chinese Medical Theory * Revitalizes
* Detoxifies
* Reduces chronic abdominal, back, hip and shoulder pain, headaches, male and female reproductive disorders, sciatica
Thai Yoga Massage
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Thai modality using compressions, rhythmic pumping and passive stretching * Releases holding patterns
* Relieves muscle tension
* Increases flexibility of muscles and joints