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Fascia, Chinese Medicine Meridians & Trigger Points
February 26th, 2007 under Techniques. [ Comments: none ]

Fascia, Chinese Medicine Meridians and Trigger Points

This article discusses the relationship between TCM meridians, trigger points and fascia.  In essence, there is a belief that fascia is an overlying connection between them all and that working on one or the other must involve the fascia to optimise results.  The tagline of this article sums it all up according to Dr. Ida Rolf.  “Lines in the body are not mystical, they are where forces balance.”

From: http://www.terrarosa.com.au/fascia.htm 

Intergrated Therapeutic Technique.
February 26th, 2007 under Techniques. [ Comments: none ]

Integrated Therapeutic Technique

This is an excellent article that broaches the concept of using a multi-disciplinary approach to our sessions.  It delves into a collaborative joining of Trigger Point therapy, Myofascial Release and also Lymphatic drainage as a way of providing the best possible massage for the client.   The article also provides a treatment template for three common injuries that we may encounter in our practices.  Whiplash, sinusitis and headaches, and how an integrated approach using these three modalities will assist in the treatment of such problems.  As always it is incumbent upon the therapist to only treat within the boundaries of their own specific training and to reseach/study as much as possible if their interest is piqued by this article.

From:-  The Journal of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists.  (August 2004) 

Different Massage Techniques and Modalities
January 22nd, 2007 under Techniques. [ Comments: none ]

The Role of Soft Tissue Work
Author Mario-Paul Cassar has written a detailed article regarding the benefits of massage (along with other modalities) in the treatment of injury. The article looks at massage and Neuro-muscular technique, and explains the effect on soft tissues, fascia, muscle spasms and fibrotic tissue among other concerns.

From:- http://www.positivehealth.com/permit/Articles/Massage/soft.htm

Lymphatic Drainage

For those who have not looked deeply into “Lymphatic Drainage” as a viable treatment for “Lymphoedema” , this article discusses some of the major research into this treatment. The author’s discuss what Lymphoedema is, the symptoms and the types of people who suffer from it, as well as the characteristics and benefits of a lymphatic massage.

From:- The Journal of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists. (Nov 2004)



The Benefits of Massaging Babies.

As the name suggests, this article looks into the benefits of giving correct and structured baby massage. The main benefits that are derived from providing infant massage include assistance with sleeping patterns, better physical, psychological and emotional bonding, and the alleviation of colic symptoms among the infants massaged. It is an excellent article.

Journal of the Australian Association of ‘Massage Therapists
February 2004.




From:- http://www.positivehealth.com/permit/Articles/Massage/pritchard63.htm

Written by Darien Pritchard who is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in this industry (he has written many articles over his 25 years as a therapist and trainer), this article delves into the concept of RhythmMobility as a form of therapy. Whilst it is not ideal for anyone who is not properly trained in the modality, this article gives and interesting and in-depth insight into this form of massage and other percussion techniques. The section on cautions and contraindications is wonderful for all therapists also, and a must read.


No Hands Massage

From:- http://www.positivehealth.com/permit/Articles/Massage/pyves58.htm

Garry Pyves discusses his own discovery of massaging clients using “no hands”. This was done out of necessity to save his own wrists, hands and fingers from injury and has formed the basis of a very successful technique since the late 1980′s. This article details his discoveries, and looks at case studies as well. It is essential reading for any therapist who is interested in using different techniques, or is at all interested in the well-being of their own hands whilst performing massage.


The Healing Benefits of Oriental Massage


Author Maria Mercati discusses some of the various Oriental massage modalities including Thai Massage, Shiatsu, Indonesian Massage and Chinese Massage as part of the holistic concept of Tui Na. This article gives a good overview of each modality for a basic understanding of these therapies which prompt the reader to learn more.

Biodynamic Massage: – A truly therapeutic massage

From: http://www.positivehealth.com/permit/Articles/Massage/mccroh33.htm

Written by Denise McCrohan explains what Biodynamic Massage is and its effectiveness during a massage session. This makes very interesting reading for all massage therapists – especially the case studies provided.

Dynamic Bodyuse in Massage

From:- http://www.positivehealth.com/permit/Articles/Massage/fagg40.htm

This article looks at the best ways for a therapist to use his/her body during a massage that will benefit both the client and the therapist themselves. It discusses good and bad posture, training for positive body use, and exercises for the therapist to perform in order to enable him/her to give the best possible massage.


Kahi Loa – Traditional Hawai’ian Healing Massage

From: http://www.positivehealth.com/permit/Articles/Massage/big45.htm

Another article regarding this traditional Hawai’ian massage technique written by Cornelia Biegler. This looks at the history and benefits of Kahi Loa as a way of promoting healing.

Lomi Lomi – Kahuna Massage

From:- http://www.positivehealth.com/permit/Articles/Massage/lang57.htm

A quality article that espouses the virtues of Lomi Lomi and gives a brief overview of the history and benefits of this type of massage.


Hawaiian Huna Massage

From:- http://www.positivehealth.com/permit/Articles/Massage/samet20.htm

Another article that discusses the practice and benefits of Hawaiian Huna Massage.

Manipulation and Remedial Massage Therapy.
A short article in the Australian Association of Massage Therapists newsletter.
16 April 2004.

This article explains the difference between Remedial Massage and manipulation, and promotes the importance of massage therapists working within their own individual level of training.

“Japanese Massage Hits Miami”

Noriko Hirohashi brings Japanese Massage to the AAMT members in Miami, Queensland.
This article details the main princples of “Anma” massage. It makes very interesting reading for anyone with an interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine.


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