Different types of massage – R

Radiance Breathwork/Movement therapy–  The work of Gay and Kathyln Hendricks to resolve birth trauma and release unresolved emotions that are held in the body.

Radiance Technique– Supposedly the true science of Reiki by Barbara Weber Ray
Book resources:
Web resources:
Radiance Technique Association International

Reflexology – Massage that deals with the feet and hands, treating reflex points. Sometimes referred to as “zone therapy” because of the specific zones in the feet,  hands and ears.  The bottom of the foot and the palm of the hand mirror the body.  The toes reflect the head and neck; the balls of the feet correspond to the chest, lung area and shoulder; the arch covers the diaphragm to the pelvic area;  the heel corresponds to the pelvic area;  the inner (medial) side of the foot reflects the spine;  the outer (lateral) foot reflects the arm, shoulder, hip, leg, knee, lower back; the ankle corresponds with the pelvic area and reproductive organs.  Stimulating certain areas may not directly “cure” the aliment, but the points may increase the energy to the organ or related area to assist in healing. Many experienced reflexologist can predict deeper underlying problems from what they read in the feet.

Reiki– Japanese word for “universal life force”.  The practitioner channels the universal energy.  The reiki energy enters the practitioner through the top of the head and exits through the hands, and is directed toward the client.
Web resources:
Reiki Alliance- Dr. Mikao Usui’s system
Reiki Simple and Profound A Balancing Practice for Client and Therapist By Shirley Vanderbilt. Massage and Bodywork Magazine

Rolfing® – 10 session system of bodywork developed by Ida Rolf in the 1970’s. Ida was a biochemist and practiced yoga for 30 years. Works to rebalance posture and balance in the body.  There are many different versions of the work that are being passed on. 
Book resources:
 Rolfing®: Re-establishing the Natural Alignment and Structural Integration of the Human Body by Ida Rolf
Rolfing® and Physical Reality by Ida Rolf and Rosemary Fetis
Bodies, Health and Consciousness; A guide to Living Successfully in your body through Rolfing® and Yoga by Rosie Spiegel
Balancing your Body: A self help approach to Rolfing® Movement (cassettes) by Mary Bond
Spacious Body: Explorations in Somatic Ontology by Jeffrey Maitland
Web Resources:
Guild for Structural Integration
The Rolf Institute®

See other therapies based on the work of Ida Rolf
Soma Institute
Core Structural Integrative Therapy
Kinesis Myofascial Integration

Online Articles

All Wrapped Up – the Rolfing technique gets deep Melinda Copp, June 21, 2008  Massage Therapy Journal

Rosen Method- Developed by Marion Rosen who studied breathing and relaxation techniques extensively.  The work is about transformation by improving alignment and flexibility using non-intrusive touching, verbal interaction and breathing.  The body protects itself from painful past experiences by separating from it’s true self.  Shortness of breath and chronic muscle tension are a result of this protective mechanism.
Web resources:
Rosen Method– Rosen Institute

Rubenfeld Synergy Method ®- Body centered psychotherapy developed by Ilana Rubenfeld from many disciplines such as the Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, Gestalt, Hypnotherapy of Milton Erickson. This method uses many techniques including verbal expression, movement, breathing, posture, awareness and sound to access repressed emotions. The body is the sacred sanctuary of the soul.  Also uses some Aura analysis and dreamwork.
Web resources:
Reubenfeld synergy Method®