Sunday, August 7, 2011


I wanted to look up some entry about ’massage’ in the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NATURAL MEDICINE, but instead of an entry on ‘massage’ I found at its place a reference to look the matter up under ‘bodywork’.  My kind of book”, I thought, “at least they understand that ‘massage’ simply doesn’t cover it all, definitely not the therapeutic fine points.  So, I looked and I read – and I feel that it would be a good thing to share the abstract with our readers as a further pointer in the direction that the AITHEIN ACADAMY is headed in its pursuit of excellence in bodywork.

There are numerous types of beneficial bodywork you choose from, including various massage techniques, chiropractic spinal adjustment and manipulation, Rolfing, reflexology and many more.  Fortunately, all of these techniques can work so it is really a matter of personal preference…”

Both of us (Michael Murray N.D. & Joseph Pizzorno N.D, the authors of the ENCYCLOPEDIA) are fortunate to have experienced a broad range of bodywork, from Rolfing and deep-tissue treatments to more gentle techniques such as Trager, Feldenkrais and Cranio Sacral therapy.  Our experience has led us to the conclusion that the therapist is more critical to the outcome than the technique.  The technique is only a tool; the result is largely dependent on the person using the tool….” In other words: the training, level of maturity and personal integrity as well as experience of the practitioner or therapist, is more important for the therapeutic effect than what kind of therapy he or she does.

Our own personal beliefs are that techniques that teach body awareness and address underlying structural problems are most effective. We have divided these techniques into two major classifications: deep tissue work and light touch therapies…”

“[Different forms of] deep tissue work… are probably the most powerful bodywork techniques that create change in body posture and energy levels quickly.  Unlike [simple] massage and spinal adjustments deep tissue treatments are focused not on the muscles and spine, but rather on the elastic sheathing network that helps support the body, keeping bones, muscles and organs in place.  This network is known as the fascia.  According to deep tissue practitioners, the fascia can be damaged by physical injury, emotional trauma, and bad postural habits.  The result is that the body is thrown out of alignment… Deep tissue treatments attempt to bring the body back into balance to restore efficiency of movement and increase mobility, by stretching and lengthening the fascia to its natural form and pliability.”

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