Massage and Bodywork Techniques and Modalities

As you can see from the following list, there are many different types and styles of massage and bodywork techniques, including energy healing.

Many massage therapists have taken workshops or studied a variety of techniques, and tend to incorporate bits and pieces of each into their own unique massage style.

So rather than ask a massage therapist, “What type of massage do you do?”, it’s generally better to ask for the type of massage that you are looking for.

If you are looking for a specific technique, ask if the massage therapist can give that type of massage. For example, “Do you do Trager work?”, “Do you do Esalen Massage?”, or “Do you do Structural Relief Therapy?”. The same goes for any specific type of energy healing that you might be seeking.

If you are looking for stress relief and relaxation, let your massage therapist know that. If you are looking for treatment for a specific injury, ask about that. It is much easier for massage therapists to see if we can meet your needs, if we know what those needs are!

Styles of massage and bodywork

The following list of massage, bodywork, and energy healing techniques and styles will be expanded upon as time allows. As I put information up on each style, I will create a link to a separate page where you can read more about it.

  • Active Isolated Stretching
  • Acupressure
  • Alexander Technique
  • AMMA
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Aromatherapy – Information on aromatherapy and essential oils.
  • Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy
  • Aston Patterning
  • Ayurvedic Massage
  • Belavi Facelift Massage
  • Berrywork
  • Bowen Therapy
  • Breema
  • Cranio-Sacral

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  • Deep Tissue
  • Equine Massage
  • Esalen Massage
  • Feldenkrais
  • Geriatric Massage
  • Hellerwork
  • Heated Stone/Hot Stone
  • Infant Massage
  • Lomi-Lomi

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  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage
  • Medical Massage
  • Muscle Energy Technique
  • Myofascial Release
  • Naprapathy
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • On-Site Chair Massage
  • Ortho-Bionomy
  • Pfrimmer
  • Polarity
  • Positional Release Therapy
  • Prenatal/Pregnancy Massage
  • PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)

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  • Reflexology
  • Reiki – A gentle yet powerful Japanese technique that helps to relax and balance the body/mind/spirit.
  • Rolfing
  • Rosen Method
  • Rubenfield Synergy
  • SHEN
  • Shiatsu
  • Soma
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Sports Massage
  • Strain/Counterstrain
  • Structural Relief Therapy – Taya Countryman created SRT from advanced Osteopath techniques.
  • Swedish Massage

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  • Tui Na
  • Thai Massage
  • Therapeutic Touch
  • Touch for Health
  • Trager
  • Watsu
  • Zentherapy
  • Zero Balancing

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