In my last entry, I listed some of the therapies that I do and why I choose them. Today, I thought I would continue with that list.
The next two therapies I chose have a common element to them: movement. In one, the therapist rocks the client's body, in the other, the client themselves has to do the moving.
Rhythm/mobility. Why? Massage tends to just involve movement of muscles through kneading and stretching. The idea of actually moving the body through rocking and other rhythmic movements was appealing. The body after all is designed to move. Rocking, itself, is a great way to help release tense, tight tissue and to relax joints. The client can gain a sense of gentle movement throughout the whole body. It can also reveal to both the therapist and the client, areas that are not as free as they could be. These maybe be released with further rhythmic movement or through other techniques.
Rossiter System. Why? I was with a friend when I saw the Rossiter System at an complementary health show. The technique was quite striking: a person lies on the floor; a therapist places their foot on the person on a particular spot on the leg, arm, or shoulder; the person then proceeds to do specific movements that stretch the tissues and muscles. Sessions were 5 to 10 minutes in duration with people getting up off the floor and then saying they felt better. How was that for a quick treatment?! It was the combination of using the feet to apply strong pressure and the addition of movement I grabbed my attention. (As I mentioned before, therapists do run the risk of injuring themselves through doing massage.) This is a great technique as there are so many stretches you can is great for overuse injuries - more people should try a session!