Different types of massage – C

Chair Massage- David Palmer was the person who created the concept of doing chair massage.  warnings: risk of vaso-vagul response increases
Massage Nerd: 100+ Chair Massage Techniques (DVD)

Chi Nei Tsang-   Holistic approach to Massage, treating the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects.  Most of the bodywork is done on the abdomen, to optimize the functioning of the internal organs.
Book Resource:
Chi Nei Tsang: Internal Organ Chi Massage by Mantak Chia

Connective Tissue Massage/Bindgewebs massage– Developed by Elizabeth Dicke of Germany.  Technique consists of light strokes focusing on the superficial fascia between the skin and muscles. The tissue is hooked with the fingers of the therapist and dragged or pulled, stretching the skin.  No oil is used and the work often leaves a mark somewhat like an abrasion or burn.  Working in one area of the body causes a related effect at another area.


John Latz – Connective Tissue

Key Elements of Connective Tissue Massage John Latz


Continuum– Developed by Emile Conrad based on her background in movement and dance. Continuum has been successful in working with paralysis and spinal cord injuries.  Her system takes into account that the body is 80% water and has emerged from the undulating, watery environment of the embryo. From this she developed a method of movement based on the wave-like movement of the water flowing through our bodies. The method focuses on intrinsic felt movement, not imposed patterned movement. Using breath, movement, sound and meditation,  the participant is able to get in touch with their own cranial wave.
Web Resources:

Cranio-sacral Therapy–  A technique developed by many (Upledger, Milne, Sutherland) to correct cerebral and spinal  imbalances or blockages.  The treatment is  geared toward moving the soft tissue, correcting cerebral and spinal imbalances to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.  This system consists of working with the soft tissues, membranes, energy, and cerebral fluids surrounding the cranium, spine, and sacrum. Because of the creation and re-absorption of cerebral fluid there is a dynamic rhythm which radiates through out the body. The rate, amplitude, symmetry, and quality of this rhythm gives distinct information about the health and functioning of the entire body. By monitoring the cranio-sacral rhythm through palpation (subtle touch by the practitioner), the therapist can locate the part of the body which may be holding physical or emotional trauma. Once identified, further application (gentle compression and stretching) stimulates the body to make corrections and readjustments in the form of physical movements or emotional release.  Cranio-sacral therapy takes many years of practice and learning to be a qualified practitioner.  It is my personal opinion that theapists taking a weekend workshop are not qualified to call themselves a cranio-sacral practitioner.  True expertise comes with years of practice and learning.

Book resources:
Books by Hugh Mile: Heart of Listening 1 2nd edition Vol 002 (September 1998)
North Atlantic Books; ISBN: 1556432801    Heart of Listening 2
Books by John Upledger: Craniosacral Therapy   Craniosacral Therapy II: Beyond the Dura
Web resources:
Milne Institute- Hugh Milne, Scottish osteopath
Upledger Institute– Craniosacral, visceral manipulation

Massage Today Articles

Craniosacral therapy on Massage Today – List of articles

CranioSacral Therapy Alters Brain Functioning: A Clinical Overview By John Upledger, DO, OMM

CranioSacral Therapy and Scientific Research, Part I By John Upledger, DO, OMM

CranioSacral Therapy and Scientific Research, Part II By John Upledger, DO, OMM

CranioSacral Therapy vs. Cranial Osteopathy: Differences Divide By John Upledger, DO, OMM

Craniosacral Therapy and Attention Deficit Disorder By John Upledger, DO, OMM

CranioSacral Therapy and the AIDS Patient By John Upledger, DO, OMM

CranioSacral Therapy: Who Shall Do It? By John Upledger, DO, OMM

CranioSacral Dissection Sheds New Light on Effects of Palpation By John Upledger, DO, OMM

Chronic Pain and CranioSacral Therapy, Part 1 By Tad Wanveer, LMT, CST-D; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM

Massage and Bodywork Magazine

Craniosacral Therapy and Spinal Cord Injury  Potentially Great Benefits By S. Laurance Johnston, Ph.D., and Lynn St. Denis, NCMT, OTR
Expanding Little Minds Craniosacral Therapy Helps Youngsters Thrive By Cathy Ulrich

Gentle Persuasion Releasing Developmental Restrictions with Light Touch Craniosacral TherapyBy Rebecca Flowers

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