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What’s Up With These Complicated Massages?

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Swedish, deep tissue, and sports massage are all modalities we pretty much get. However as I progress in my massage career, I’ve come across some really bizarre sounding massages offered out there. As helpful or good as they may be, their names don’t serve them much justice. Here’s what has come to my mind thus far:

Rolfing. Is this a massage technique or a new trendy word for throwing up?

Myofacial Release. Sounds naughty to me. Just saying.

Lymphatic Drainage. Gross! Why would anyone ever ask for that? Sounds like something you need after surgery.

Structural Integration. Sounds like something a therapist would prescribe.

Oshiatsu. Isn’t this a dog breed?

Cranialsacral Therapy. Sounds like a recovery plan after a brain injury.

Trauma Erase. Well, dang. Hook me up. I mean doesn’t every one need this after their 1st marriage?

Zero Balancing. Sounds like my checking account.

Tellington Touch. Touch and tell. Come on, for real?

Okay. Okay. That’s all I’ve got for now. Even though there are many many more. Please don’t get me wrong. I’m a therapist and have the up most respect for these modalities and their creators. But, you’ve got to admit. It really is funny. And if you’re like me, you’ve heard of some of these modalities that therapist offer without any explanation, none of which sound the least bit appealing, and leaving us to fill in the blanks.

We’re not likely to seek out, let alone, pay for these services; no matter how good they might be. They really should have come up with better names. This is another reason why I specialize in plain and simple relaxation massage. It feels great and you don’t have to carry a medical dictionary with you to figure out what’s on the menu.



Source by Michelle Piersol

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