Types of Massage/ Bodywork
You can learn about Common Ground’s Massage Therapists and Zero Balancing practitioners’ specialties from here. We know that many of these terms can be unfamiliar, and so please find a small bit of information about different types of Massage or Bodywork below. If this is your first time getting a massage, trying out a Swedish Massage can be a great place to start.
When you come in for a massage, the Massage Therapist will do a brief conversational consultation about why you are interested in having a massage. After the consultation, the Massage Therapist will leave the room and give you time to undress and get under the sheets and blankets. Most of our clients choose to be fully undressed under the sheets and blankets, but you are welcome to undress to your comfort level. The Massage Therapist will knock to make sure you have had time to get under the sheets.
If you prefer to stay fully clothed, Common Ground strongly recommends that you try Zero Balancing (ZB). Clients remain fully clothed during all ZB sessions. As such, please wear loose, comfortable clothes if you are coming in for ZB.
If you are ready to schedule you can book online from here, or give us a call at 434-218-7677.
Glossary of Types of Massage/ Bodywork
- Acupressure – Acupressure has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for more than 2,000 years. Acupressure treats pain and illness by using firm pressure on specific points on your body. According to TCM philosophy, pressure on these points can release tension, and remove energy blocks. This life energy is known as “qi” in China and is often referred to as “chi” in the US. When qi/ chi is flowly freely you are more relaxed, and better able to heal and thrive.
- Assessing Range of Motion – Range of Motion can be assessed during a massage in order to learn whether the range is normal, limited, or excessive. Factors that might impair or decrease range of motion include: injury, tight or stiff muscles, or sitting and standing with incorrect posture. Assessing the Range of Motion will help the Massage Therapist learn whether there is pain associated with movement.
- Craniosacral Therapy – Craniosacral Therapy (CST) uses light touch of the skull, pelvis and spine to relieve pain, discomfort, and dysfunction. This gentle pressure affects circulation of cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid around the brain and spinal cord). CST is gentle, and non-invasive. If a Common Ground Massage Therapist lists Craniosacral Therapy as a specialty, you can come in for a traditional massage and ask them to incorporate CST into the massage.
- Deep Tissue – Deep Tissue Massage can be used for relief from chronic aches and pains including back pain, fibromyalgia, sciatica, injuries from repetitive movements, and neck pain.Firm pressure is applied to reach deeper layers of muscle and soft connective tissue. A Deep Tissue Massage does not need to be uncomfortable or painful in order to be effective. If you experience pain, let your Massage Therapist know that they can adjust pressure. Muscle soreness for a day or two after a Deep Tissue massage is normal. Drinking plenty of water after your massage will help limit this soreness.
- Faciliated Stretching – Facilitated stretching during a massage is especially helpful or athletes and those working to increase range of motion, or improving their fitness and mobility.
- Foot Reflexology – See Reflexology.
- Geriatric Massage – Geriatric Massage is offered by Massage Therapists who have had specific, additional training to work with the elderly population. Geriatric massage can help relieve anxiety, depression, and provide comfort for touch-deprived clients. Massage can also be supportive for clients with agerelated diseases such as Parkison’s, arthritis, diabetes or heart disease.
- Gentle Trauma Resolution – All of us desire to feel safe and secure, to be valued and to live authentic lives that reflect our inherent goodness. When stress or trauma is unresolved, it imprints into the sympathetic nervous system and is held in body memory and can affect how we respond to life.
Gentle Trauma Resolution works with safe, gentle touch and compassionate dialogue that can support the body in resetting the nervous system. It may benefit add/adhd, learning disabilities, anxiety, fatigue, migraine headaches, depression and post traumatic stress. Clients often experience a greater sense of self-connection, clarity, renewal and peace.
- Massage for those Affected by Cancer – From the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Oncology massage is an approach to massage therapy based in both compassion and specialized massage treatments to help people manage their experience with cancer.Review of the scientific literature indicates oncology massage helps improve quality of life. Benefits include improved relaxation, sleep, and immune function as well as relieving anxiety, pain, fatigue and nausea. Oncology massage therapists are trained to meet people where they are in their experience with cancer and apply a highly individualized massage treatment to comfort, nurture and support them in their process.” Read more from here.
- Prenatal Massage – Prenatal Massage is very similar to a Swedish or Relaxation Massage. The Massage Therapists who list it as one of their specialties are our team members who are most experienced working with pregnant women. The goals of prenatal massage are to help you de-stress, address tension or pain, and to help you relax.Common Ground has extra pillows to help you get comfortable during your session. You and the Massage Therapist will communicate to make sure you are comfortable either on your side or propped up with the pillows. It is helpful for us to know in advance that you are pregnant so that we pull out the pillows in advance. Thank you and congratulations!
- Reflexology – Reflexologists use charts of the feet, hands and ears to guide them as they apply gentle application of pressure to specific areas. The theory is that these areas correspond to organs, muscle groups, and systems of the body. From the Mayo Clinic: Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer.
- Reiki – Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that is administered by laying on hands. It is subtle, effective, and useful for stress relief and relaxation. Reiki comes from two Japanese words: “Rei” which means Universal Life and “Ki” which means Energy.
- Relaxation Massage – see “Swedish Massage.”
- Sports Massage – Many of the recreational sports we love cause quite a bit of wear and tear on our body, especially those with repetitive motions or impact like running, cycling, racquet sports, and weight lifting. Sports massage releases muscle tension and promotes soft tissue repair. Sports massage can be used to prevent injury, aid recovery, or as an aid enhance performance before or after exercise or a competitive event.
- Swedish Massage – Swedish massage (also known as a Relaxation Massage) is one of the most widely known massage styles. It includes long sweeping motions to relieve tension, and kneading to break up muscle “knots.” Deeply relaxing. This is a great place to start with your first massage!
- Zero Balancing – Zero Balancing (ZB) is a gentle but powerful touch therapy for the body and mind. ZB practitioners use gentle pressure and traction to release areas of tension in the bones, joints, soft tissues and energy fields of the body. Deeply relaxing and energizing, ZB helps relieve symptoms of physical and emotional stress, clears blocks in the body’s energy flow and amplifies vitality on all levels. During ZB clients stay fully clothed. As such, please wear comfortable clothes.