Advanced Massage Therapy Training
Most massage therapy training courses covers common massages such as Swedish massage, deep tissue massage and sports massage. Some practitioners also choose advanced techniques to add the extra finish to their massage. Some of the popular advanced massage techniques are discussed in this article.
Hot Stone Massage
In Hot stone massage, the therapist applies long strokes as that in Swedish massage with smooth, heated stones. Chakra work may also be incorporated. Proper training is required for this massage to ensure that the stones do not cauterize the client. The temperature and the pressure should be perfect. There are umpteen workshops conducted by institutes and online guides to this course.
Craniosacral Therapy/SomatoEmotional Release
Craniosacral therapy, developed by Dr. John Upledger, involves gentle touch to the head and neck. The main motive is to balance the fluids that cradle the brain and spine. According to the Upledger Institute, craniosacral therapy may contribute towards alleviating migraines, fatigue, nervous disorders, neck pain, etc.
The best among the courses in craniosacral therapy is provided by the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE) in conjunction with the Upledger Institute. It is advisable to have a broad client base before starting a CST/SER certification. The training involves several four-day courses, and each one will run you over $700.
Rolfing involves manipulating connective tissue (referred to as myofascial structures) to align them with gravity. Initially when rolfing was introduced, it had an unfortunate reputation for being painful. A good massage therapy training programs would teach you a gentle Rolfing trick. Although to become a certified Rolfer you would have to undergo the certification by the Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The duration of the certification is about one and a half to two years. Before going for this expensive training. it is advisable to have a client base to support you after your training is complete.
Shiatsu involves using stretching and pressure to manipulate the body's energy flow, much like acupuncture or acupressure. Shiatsu if done in the right manner is helpful in reducing stress, improving circulation, regulating blood pressure, and bringing about an overall increase in energy. To become certified in shiatsu it takes around 700 hours' of class.
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