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Poll Results for the following Question:

What modality do you use most frequently in your massage practice?


Asian Bodywork
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
Myofascial Release (MFR)
All of the Above

Total Respondents: 755


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Other I use deep tissue massage most frequently because that is what most of my clients prefer to release tension.

Myofascial Release (MFR) I use an individualized eclectic style that elicites client feedback and direction to create a session based in MFR, Asian styles and philosophy, and Swedish.

Myofascial Release (MFR) helps with my fibromyalgia. every two weeks

 CranioSacral Therapy

Swedish It's difficult to choose only one. It seems that each massage will vary to some degree depending on the individual client. As an LMT, I have come to learn it is essential to be comfortable and confident in as many modalities as possible that fall under the therapeutic massage umbrella. I also firmly believe any LMT that claims to "specialize" in one modality should have the continued education to support such a claim.
Nothing irritates me more as a practitioner, than when I hear a massage therapist say, "Uhhh...yeah, I can do a little Shiatsu, (NMT, MFR...etc.)"

If we are going to be viewed and respected professionally, it is essential that our degree of education supports our claims.

-Talya S. McDougall, NYS LMT

Asian Bodywork I practice Thai Yoga Massage - it is an amazing therapy particularly in combination with reiki etc

All of the Above I feel dificult to teach the pactical massage to my student

Other I find that an integrated approach works best. Although Swedish prepares and relaxes more body area and uses lots of time, the other powerful specific muscle release techniques should not take a back seat to it in this poll.
All of the above is my answer as long as Asian includes reflexology, and neuromuscular includes such techniques as positional release, strain counterstrain and stretching. But where is craniosacral therapy and other light touch modalities?

Asian Bodywork It is my opinion that Thai massage is the most complete massage practiced today. I have been licensed to do massage since 1984. Like most therapist when new in the profession I was eager to take as many classes as I could in various modalities. That is why I am able to give my opinion without hesitation. You can observe how other modalities have evolved out of Asian bodywork by looking at any massage magazine. For example ads demonstrating Myopathy, neuromuscular therapy or myofacia release; if you didn't know better appear to be doing the 2,500 year old Thai massage. It is here to stay because it has been time tested.

All of the Above One modality or technique is never enough to release, activate or even reduce the underlying tissue. All play a role in the care of every client whether the therapist or client want to believe it or not. It is this therapist opinion that all techniques from MLD to NMT to TCM are needed to help your client reach optimum health.

Other I use acupressure and "Chua Ka". Chua Ka is a massage method that is primarily self-administered, with a goal to clean the karma in a systematic way thoughout the body. (Oscar Ichazo, Arica Institute)

I have designed "The 15-Minute StressOut Program", a chair massage program, that has clearly established "Ethical Guidelines for the Use of Safe, Skillful, & Appproprite Touch" that has been widely introduced and accepted in industry, military, university, health, mental health, eduation, public and private organizations.

Please visit our research article or reviews using this intervention to help improve the quality of life, health, and relationships for individuals, couples, groups, and communities. Several massage therapists and massage schools in our area also use this program to build community support and introduce health education for advancing the use of touch for healing, for stress management, and for primary prevention.

Myofascial Release (MFR) Most of my work is scripted, and usually the patient's have suffered a long time before they get to me. I find MFR the best for this type of work, it also makes NMT and other modalities much more effective. I'm getting people off script in aboiut half the time it took me a couple of years ago. Some other therapsts have commented that this costs them money, but it's that type of thinking that will take us right out of the medical work. I am certfied in NMt, have taken postional release, flexability, sports massage, but I can't wait until my next MFR class.

Other combined several courses into own - deep tissue, trigger point, cst, fascia release, along with swedish ....

Swedish i use mostly swedish but i throw in some deep tissue and trigger point in all my massages if the client can handle it!

Other I hope I am like other MTs, in that I use all of the modalities I've learned in an intuitive way, according to what works best for a given client in a given session. I primarily use NMT and CST, but also include bits and pieces from other modalities. All of these are ill-defined as I am working, because I find it all flows together, and the labels given are not important, and often superfluous. Every educator in this profession wants to stick their money-making trademark name on a technique, and frankly most of it is all the same, or at the very least, just another approach. The truest thing I've learned in eight years of this work, is that intention is the essence of facilitating the change you want to make with your hands, interest and attention is the manifestation.

Swedish I base my style on Swedish but every technique that I have
learned or worked out on my own is in there. Also while I follow
the same pattern time after time each session is different, My
personal interests stem from energy work so often a session will
contain a lot of energy but the moves I use will still be swedish
in nature. It's like the work is in 3 dimentions but surveys are in

Other With first time clients, especially if complaining about pain in specific areas, I encourage them, to have a Critz Release Technique balancing session. We may combine that with a Swedish massage for relaxation. I find by doing this, rather than digging in with trigger point/deep tissue, that the problem(s) are relieved, often correcting for an extensive length of time.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) I have found that Neuromuscular Therapy does
help the client Get Better, sooner.

Myofascial Release (MFR) I find myofascial release to be one of the most useful tools in my practice offering much relief to glued/restrictive tissue.

Myofascial Release (MFR) I use a very subtle myofascial release that I learned at Integrated Manual Therapy in Bloomfield, CT. I use it in combination with CST, SER, and when appropriate Classical Western massage. I find that the other modlites round it out, but it has never failed me.

Swedish I offer eclectic, which to me means a little bit of the best!! I use deep tissue according to the clients needs, and trigger points as needed. I use aromatherapy with every session to help the client with what ever problems they have. I also teach meditation to my clients and they just love it!! Thank you for having and offering this wonderful tool (MASSAGE TODAY) to all of us!!

Teri Grisler CMT
Lodi, Calif
All of the Above I am curious as to how many taking the "all of the above" answer have sat in workshops outside of the introductions given by some massage schools in the other modalities.

I have had practitioners tell me they are doing a certain modality (as in Shiatsu) although the only training they have is 35 hours out of a curriculuum of 700 hours. That is hardly enough to claim they "do" Asian Bodywork or Shiatsu.

Swedish I also use a range of energy work that my clients insist on.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) working with your mind relaxed and sensory tracking, the persons energy, nmt can be a lever for great accomplishment without tremendeous pain. results may vary.breathing skills are by far the most effect enhancing steps. pelvic stabilization, and the use of bolsters, can greatley relieve low back pressure,this will ease movement internally and allow energy blockages to begin opening up. follow the medians to recover energy lost. and watch your own posture.

Other I use Esalen, Trager, accupressure, deep tissue. Whatever I feel the body is telling me.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) I incorporate NMT in with Swedish, per client's needs and what I feel (literally) is going on with the body. One client now likes his massage with no lotions or oils. He states the muscles get deeper work; more isolated work than with a lotion. Thank you. JC from PA

Other I use more of Russian Sports massage and Trigger Point Therapy than any other modality

Asian Bodywork I use primarily oriental bodywork to balance the energies of women during postpartum or menopause, and when having trouble conceiving. I use european when requested, for relaxation and for sports massage. I use a combination of oriental bodywork, european, reiki and reflexology for cancer care.

Swedish Swedish strokes provide the basic framework for my sessions, with elements of NMT, MLD, sports massage, Esalen and MFR worked in as needed.

All of the Above Every body I come in contact with is different. Each part of the body is different. We need to do away with 'cookie-cutter' massages and use what works best on a particular issue with the muscles. Therefore, a variety of modalities must be used.

Myofascial Release (MFR) It seems no matter what type of modalitiy I start with the clients body always requires MFR before I am through. Donna L. Savage CMT, CAP

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thanks Amanda

Other Mainly, but not limited to Trager

Other Berrywork combined with MFR & NMT

Other Integrative Myoneural Therapy and Muscle Energy Technique

All of the Above I also use some Deep Tissue, Cranial-Sacral and Zero Balancing.
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