The application of finger or hand pressure to points on the body. The points, which are sometimes called acupoints, lie along invisible lines of energy flow called meridians. In traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating these points with either acupressure or acupuncture is thought to restore proper flow of energy (qi) in the body and prevent and treat specific ailments and conditions, such as nausea, muscle tension and headaches. Acupressure can be done on oneself or a practitioner, usually an acupuncturist. One of the more commonly used acupressure points is PC6, which is located on the inside of the wrist.
Animal acupressure is a practice that applies pressure to specific points of the animal’s body to relive and alleviate pain and discomfort. This specific points located throughout the animals body are related to meridians of energy, the practice of acupressure testifies that by applying pressure to these specific points the flow of energy throughout that specific area can be renewed. Animals receive multiple benefits from acupressure; improved immune system, strengthened muscles, tendons, tissue and ligaments, reduced stress, improved energy, reduced inflammations and resolved injuries. Animal acupressure can be administered by a therapist of the by the animals owner.
The Benjamin System of Muscular Therapy was developed by Ben Benjamin, Ph.D. / Sports Medicine in the 1960’s. This bodywork system incorporates Swedish massage, deep tissue bodywork, and myofascial and friction therapies. Muscular therapy treats a variety of pain, injury, body perception, and muscle tension problems. Myofascial and friction therapy techniques are used specifically to reduce scar tissue which accumulates as a result of injury to soft tissue structures in the body. These techniques are combined with tools to treat specific injuries that challenge many therapists including subscapularis tendinitis, frozen shoulder, tennis and golfer’s elbow, ligament injuries of the neck and low back, patella tendinitis, medial collateral knee sprain, and lateral ankle sprain.
Chair massage is a style of seated massage that is typically short -- 10 or 15 minutes -- and focuses on your back, shoulders and neck and arms. Chair massage is done over clothes and doesn't require any massage oil. For chair massage, you are seated in a special chair with your face resting in a cradle, looking down towards the floor, with supports for your arms. Your back and neck completely relax while the therapist relieves muscle tension using Swedish massage moves like kneading and compression and tapotement, which don't require oil.
Two types of traditional Chinese massage exist - Tui na, which focuses on pushing, stretching and kneading the muscle and Zhi Ya, which focuses on pinching and pressing at acupressure points. Both are based on principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Though in the Western countries Tui Na is viewed as massage, it is not. Massage of Chinese Medicine is known as Anmo, which is the foundation of Japan's Anma. Tui Na is Chinese Medicine's Physio-Therapy. Utilized for medical purposes instead of relaxation, Tui Na works to correct the patient's problems, from musculoskeletal conditions, to diseases, cancers and even minor and major headaches. Within the foundation of Tui Na, Traditional Chinese Medicine principles are followed, from Meridian Applications to Herbal Formulas, Qigong Therapy and heated herbal application (Moxa). Technique applications such as friction and vibration are used as well.
Dr. James H. Cyriax was the first to thoroughly and systematically study soft tissue lesions of the orthopaedic system, and devise a specific massage technique for their treatment. The technique is also called deep transverse friction and is used for treating muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joint capsules. The major goal of this massage is to move transversely across a ligament or tendon to mobilize it as much as possible. This technique often precedes active exercise. Deep transverse friction massage restores mobility to a muscle in the same way that mobilization frees a joint. The massage will be directly over the site of lesion and pain. The fingers move with the skin and do not slide over it. The thicker the structure, the more the friction will be given. The technique is to sweep back and forth over the full width of the tissue.
In 1900, Albert J. Hoffa published his book, Technik der Massage, in Germany. This book is still the most basic of all texts on massage, giving the clearest description of how to execute the stroke and advocating the procedures that underlie all modern techniques.
Kriya Massage, developed by Kamala Renner in 1970, is different from any traditional bodywork training because of the emphasis on the intuitive aspect by the practitioner in flowing with the “Kriya” movement while performing the massage. Kriya is defined as spontaneous energy movement. Kriya Massage is an art form that integrates the universal, life-affirming flow of energy between the practitioner and client, with any classical massage techniques integrated into the dance. Kriya Massage is a bodywork dance with the individual creating her own style in harmony with four universal forces. The strokes and techniques used in Kriya Massage are a combination of energy work, Swedish, neuromuscular, and somato-emotional release work done in a connected smooth pattern. The experience of a Kriya Massage is one of stepping out of time and space as a means of taking inventory of one’s condition, then allowing the subconscious to shift and adjust programmed responses to life. The healing quality of Kriya Massage is accomplished by transforming attitudes. Giving, as well as receiving, a Kriya Massage is a regenerating experience. (Adapted from Holistic Health Directory.)
Lomilomi, meaning "massage" in the Hawaiian language, is the word used today to describe Hawaiian massage, traditionally called lomi meaning "to rub, press, squeeze, massage; to work in and out, as the claws of a contented cat". Lomilomi is a holistic healing tradition beyond simple massage. Lomilomi practitioners use the palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet, even sticks and stones. Lomilomi practices varied by family, ahupua?a (traditional region) and island.
Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a gentle, light-touch, noninvasive technique that offers qualified therapists a natural complement to their existing health care protocols. Within the context of breast care, LDT can help alleviate numerous conditions related to pregnancy, including engorgement, sore nipples (transient, chronic), plugged ducts, wounds, fissures, ulcerations, bruises and dermatitis (eczema). This therapy also can provide relief from chronic inflammation and pre- and post-surgical applications, and can be used for cosmetic applications, such as mastoptosis, scars and traumas.
Myotherapy treatment involves an extensive physical evaluation with an integrated approach to the treatment of involved muscles, joints and nerves. Myotherapy can be utilized to treat acute and chronic conditions, as well as in the area of preventative management and prescriptive exercises. A distinguishing feature of Myotherapy is the clinical reasoning used, in which standard methods of evaluation are used such as orthopaedic tests, postural assessment, neurological and functional testing in conjunction with a thorough palpatory assessment of the spine, peripheral joint play, and the contractile evaluation of musculature.
Pregnancy massage is massage therapy specifically tailored for the expectant mother's needs. It is also called pre-natal massage. The mother's body must be properly positioned and supported during the massage, using pillows and padding. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for the mother and baby. Also, some massage techniques, such as deep tissue work, cannot be used. Certain areas of the body should be avoided during pregnancy.
Remedial massage is a deep massage done to create the conditions for the body’s return to normal health after injury. It is used to treat strains, sprains, broken bones, bruising, any injury where the skin is intact. Deep tissue massage removes blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions left after injury, speeds up recovery and encourages more complete healing. Remedial massage is also used for conditions created by lifestyle for example Repetitive strain injury and Back pain. It is designed to increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas.
On-site seated massage is massage administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. This kind of massage can be done almost anywhere, including professional offices, work aces, and sporting events. Treatments usually last from 10 to 30 minutes. The goal of on-site seated massage is to relieve stressand improve productivity. Businesses sometimes use on-site seated massage for rewarding outstanding performers, improving morale, and establishing a more favorable work environment.
Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, and promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports Massage is a form of massage specially dedicated to athletes during events as well as before and after. Sports Massage can promote flexibility to prevent injuries, relieve swelling, reduce muscle tension and helps prepares athletes for peak performance. Sports massage includes pre-event sports massage which is a short stimulating massage 15-45 minutes before events. Focused on the parts of the body most used during the event. There is also post-event sports massage giving within an hour or two of the event to normalize the body’s tissues. Restorative sports massage is provided during trainer to help the athletes train harder with less injury and rehabilitative sports massage which is aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health.
Swedish massage promotes relaxation, eases muscle tension and creates other health benefits. It can be slow and gentle or vigorous and bracing, depending on what the therapist wants to achieve. Swedish massage was pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling, at the University of Stockholm in 1812. It was introduced to the U.S. in 1858 as "The Swedish Movement Cure." Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage as well.
Like shiatsu, Thai massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. Thai massage also includes compressions and stretches. You don't just lie there--the therapist moves and stretches you into a sequence of postures. It's like yoga without doing any work. Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It is also reduces stress and improves flexibility and range of motion.
Tibetan massage is a vatiety of techniques used to induce a relaxing harmony within the mind, body and spirit. Throughout the massage, the practitioner stays in a constant meditative state where he/she can conduct a curative flow of positive energy. Tibetan massage, often known as Ocean Massage is an excellent way to: - reduce stress – release muscular and emotional tension - improve circulation - enhance joint function - improve spinal alignment - boost energy flow through the meridians - open chakras - address problem areas and chronic conditions.
Deep tissue massage is a therapy designed to target specific issues, rather than for relaxation like Swedish massage. Deep tissue massage uses deep pressure and more concentrated movements to help ease tensions caused by issues such as chronic pain, injuries, repetitive strains, fibromyalgia, and other postural or muscle tensions. It is important for the client to respond verbally to the therapist if they feel discomfort or pain during the massage, and sometimes the therapist will recommend icing one or more areas after the massage for added relief.
Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It is an art and science which seeks to explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual realm of the individual's response to aromatic extracts as well as to observe and enhance the individual's innate healing process. As a holistic practice, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active method to employ during acute and chronic stages of illness or 'dis'-ease. It is a natural, non-invasive modality designed to affect the whole person not just the symptom or disease and to assist the body's natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils.
Craniosacral therapy (also called CST, also spelled Cranial Sacral bodywork or therapy) is an alternative medicine therapy used by osteopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths, and chiropractors. A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which they claim allows them to "tune into the craniosacral rhythm". The practitioner gently works with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is said to be optimized, and misaligned bones are said to be restored to their proper position. Craniosacral therapists use the therapy to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Through the use of Energy Balancing Techniques (EBT), the Energy practitioner serves as a conduit to Universal Life Force Energy (Source) and uses a variety of techniques which include light hands-on touch, sound and vibration with the client to reestablish the free flow of the natural life force energy within the body, mind and spirit. Many clients experience a release on many levels and a renewed sense of well being, peace and mental clarity.
Hakomi integrative somatics is a form of therapeutic bodywork that draws upon certain attributes ascribed to Taoist and Buddhist philosophy. These qualities include compassion, gentleness, organic intuitiveness, and mindfulness. Developed in the mid-1970s by therapist, Ron Kurtz, hakomi integrative somatics also reflects the principles of several contemporary mind-body therapies, such as bioenergetics and neurolinguistic programming.
Hydrotherapy involves the use of water to help a person relax and to relieve minor aches and pains. Hydrotherapy has been around for centuries, and it uses the body’s reaction to hot and cold stimuli. Generally, heat quiets and soothes the body, and cold stimulates and invigorates it. Some common examples of hydrotherapy are steam baths, foot baths, sitz baths, and the application of cold and hot water compresses.
This technique is essentially a deep tissue Swedish style massage technique with additional techniques that compliment and enhance the basic techniques. Kripalu Bodywork relies upon the intuition and experience of the well trained massage therapist to execute their proven techniques over the course of the 105 minute long therapy session. Designed to renew the body, mind and soul of the patient, the Kripalu Bodywork technique is useful in treating the aches and pains associated with tension, stress, chronic pain, and acute attacks that result in physical pain and discomfort.
The myofascial release approach is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and resulting pain and restriction of motion. It is a treatment described by Andrew Taylor Still, founder of osteopathy/osteopathic medicine, and his early students, which uses continual palpatory feedback to achieve release of myofascial tissues. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.
Reflexology (zone therapy) is an alternative medicine method involving the practice of massaging or applying pressure to parts of the feet, or sometimes the hands and ears, with the goal of encouraging a beneficial effect on other parts of the body, or to improve general health.
Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body. More than fifty years ago, Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues surround, support and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Rolfing Structural Integration works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body. Essentially, the Rolfing process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement.
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork. The word shiatsu means "finger pressure", and shiatsu is sometimes described as a finger pressure massage. Shiatsu therapists use finger and palm pressure to energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of qi. A scientific explanation is shiatsu calms overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stresss.
Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Sometimes massage and trigger point therapy are performed together. Trigger point therapy is also called myofascial trigger point therapy. It was developed by Dr. Janet Travel in the United States in the 1940s.
The Rossiter System is deep tissue - connective tissue - stretching that restores easy movement, loosening tightness in your body quickly and effectively, to eliminate the source of pain. It is stretching in a way your body recognizes instantly as what it needs to help heal itself.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a form of alternative therapy that manipulates the body's energy field / meridian points by tapping on acupuncture points with the fingertips to address emotional issues that contribute to emotional stress as well as physical ailments. EFT is easily learned and has a wide following. Learn more with the free basic EFT manual at www.EFTuniverse.com
Polarity therapy is an alternative therapy that involves balancing the flow of energy in the body to improve and maintain health and well-being. It was developed in the late 19th century by Randolph Stone. Although polarity therapy is influenced by the concept of energy flow and energy centers in ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, in polarity therapy, the positive and negative energy charges in the electromagnetic energy field of the body are thought to govern the flow of energy. Practitioners of polarity therapy use bodywork, stretching exercises, yoga and other methods to balance energy flow.
Theta Healing is a healing method blending science and spirituality. The goal of Theta Healing is to restructure core beliefs and systems in an effort to unblock paths and reverse negative trauma in the unconscious mind.
A manicure is a beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands performed either at home or in a nail salon by a licensed professional nail technician or manicurist. A manicure treatment is not only a treatment for the natural nails but also for the hands. A manicure consists of filing, shaping of the free edge, cuticle treatments, massageof the hand and the application of polish. There are also manicure services that are specialties for the hands and feet. For the hands, the soaking of a softening substance and the application of a lotion is a common speciality. This procedure can be applied to the toenails and feet, this treatment is referred to as a Pedicure. Other nail treatments may include the application of artificial nail tips, acrylics or artificial nail gels. Some manicures can include the painting of pictures or designs on the nails or applying small decals or imitation jewels. In many areas, manicurists are licensed and follow regulation. Since skin is manipulated and is sometimes trimmed, there is a certain risk of spreading infection when tools are used across many people and, therefore, sanitation is a serious issue.
A pedicure is a way to improve the appearance of the feet and their nails. It provides a similar service to a manicure. The word pedicure comes from the Latin words pedis, which means of the foot, and cura, which means care. It also means the care of the feet and toenails. A pedicure can help prevent nail diseases and nail disorders. Pedicures are not just limited to nails; usually dead skin cells on the bottom of feet are rubbed off using a rough stone called a pumice stone.
Chemical peels can improve the skin's appearance. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it "blister" and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
Cosmetic teeth whitening is a type of beauty treatment that brightens and whitens teeth that have had years of built-up stain. Many teeth whitening products are designed to be used in a mobile setting, or in a salon. Estheticians, salons, and individuals can easily provide teeth whitening services to their clients along with other services.
- Training or application of micro-pigmentation
- Body piercing
- Body branding
- Black henna
- Cosmetic surgery
- The use of lasers
- Psychological and related treatment or therapy
- Manipulations or adjustments of the human skeletal structure
- The administering or prescription of any prescribed medicine
- Surgical hair removal, hair implanting, or hair transplanting
- Removal or any attempt to remove warts, moles or skin growths
- Chiropody or Podiatry
- Personal Training
- Yoga Instructors
- Dance Instructors
- Suntan beds or suntan booths
- Airbrushing Face Cosmetics
- Sale, Service or application of wigs or toupees
- Aqua Therapy
- Physical Therapists
- Ear Candling/Coning
- Ultrasonic Cavitation Machines
- Skin Needling
- Any procedure that punctures the skin
- The use of electrical or mechanical apparatus or devise for massage therapy, such as electric massage chairs or vibration machines
- The use of any appliance, apparatus, or device employing x-ray, electrical rays, radio waves, or electronic waves
Henna is a flowering plant used for centuries to dye skin, hair, and clothing. The henna plant is most often traded as a powder made by drying, milling and sifting the leaves, at which point the powder is mixed with lemon juice, tea, or other liquid to make a paste used to paint on the skin. Black Henna is excluded.
Theft of property under the Inland Marine section is covered as long as there is physical evidence of the theft; unexplained loss, mysterious disappearance or inventory shortage is not considered a theft and is not covered under your policy. For example, if you have business property in the back of your truck and when you return from an errand it is gone, that will be considered mysterious disappearance and no coverage will respond. If the property was in the cab of the truck and the window was broken, then physical evidence of a theft is apparent and the policy would respond.
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