There are various types of massage treatments that are utiliized for different intentions and outcomes.
Often when we think about massage, we simply imagine soft music, aromatic earthy scents and a whole body experience that leaves us feeling relaxed and pampered. This type of “Relaxation Massage” is offered by spas, health clubs and even large chains. It has benefits for relief of stress, and many people enjoy an hour or more of weekly massage sessions to recover from high-activity, high-demand lives and stay well.
However, another type of massage, referrenced as Therapeutic Massage or Body Work
, has more far-reaching outcomes for the patient. This type of massage is most often found in medical clinics, rehabilitation centers and in hospitals. Defined as a soft tissue manual therapy with therapeutic value, it includes therapies designed to address simple ailments such as head ache, sciatica or a surpressed immune system. There are modalities to improve internal organ health, as well as more specialized treatment where advanced care is needed, such as manual lymphatic drainage for recovering cancer patients, or scar tissue reformation for post op. care.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is a subset of therapeutic massage and is practiced by physicians, physical therapists, speech therapists and massage therapists for acute and chronic needs. It is gentle and non-invasive and seeks to restore the natural position of the bones in the head, spine and sacrum. Cranial Sacral is used to provide relief for TMJ, migraine headaches, neck and back pain and is suitable for people of all ages including babies, children and the elderly.
Read Moreabout the history of Cranial Sacral Therapy at craniosacraltherapy.org
Visionary Cranial Sacral Therapy seeks to understand a person and their treatment as a holistic health concern, not just injury specific. It is a form to treatment applicable for a wide range of needs, and helps to create the optimal conditions for health, encouraging vitality and facilitating a sense of well-being. Because it seeks to understand the inter-connections of mental, spiritual and physical health, it may incorporate other modalities in the treatment, including Acupressure, Qi Gung, and Ayurvedic Chakra Balancing.
Depending on individual needs, any of these massage and treatment modalities may provide significant relief and a deep sense of well-being.