APNT Core Therapies
If you are looking to find out which therapy might be right for you then you will find below information on the core therapies that the APNT represents.
The APNT sets the syllabi for courses in these modalities. If you are a therapist and wish to become a member of the APNT, you must be qualified in one of our core therapies (though you can also hold additional therapies not listed here).
- Myofascial Release (MFR)
Myofascial Release is the missing link in body care. It is a relatively new therapy, which is fast gaining recognition as the missing link in bodywork therapy. It is a safe, gentle and effective therapy; for many patients who have “tried everything” MFR can provide a very welcome relief from pain, discomfort and immobility. MFR treats injury at its source allowing the patient to heal at the deepest level. It is a hands on, full body treatment, no oil is used and sustained gentle pressure is applied for a minimum of 90-120 seconds, for some releases pressure is often applied for several minutes or longer, this allows the trained therapist to feel through and facilitate the release of restrictions within the fascial network.
- Swedish Massage
Swedish massage is the classic form of Western massage. It is a technique designed to help the body relax by applying pressure to superficial and deeper muscles. Parts of the body are kneaded and rubbed with a variety of massage strokes to improve the body's circulation, release muscular and emotional tension and promote relaxation
- Therapeutic Massage
Therapeutic massage builds on the simpler skills of Swedish massage to enable practitioners to work to enhance the health and well-being of clients, as well as to address specific ailments and conditions. With a spread and depth of knowledge of the body and how it reacts to illness and injury as well as good health means that in therapeutic massage specific strokes and techniques are used to work effectively with a broad range of clients in widely varying states of health.
- Remedial Massage
Remedial massage works the soft tissues of the body and focuses on the treatment on both chronic and acute injuries. It assists injury prevention and aids recovery and is used effectively in the treatment of back, neck and other joint and musculoskeletal problems.
- Sports Massage
Sports massage is the application of advanced massage techniques for use with the prevention, maintenance and rehabilitation of sporting injuries. Sports massage therapists are skilled in the assessment of musculoskeletal injuries and know how and when to refer clients for specialist advice.
Sports massage helps alleviate the stress and tension that builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, drain away fatigue, relieve swelling, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility and prevent injuries.
It is also effective on injuries not incurred through sports.
Reflexology is a relaxing form of foot massage using thumb or finger pressure. Pressure is applied to reflex points which relate to the whole body and its energy fields. This procedure stimulates blood circulation, aids the removal of waste products from the feet and improves the flow of energy throughout the body. As a natural healing therapy, reflexology can play a major role in preventative care, reducing stress, cleansing the body of toxins and revitalising energy.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, extracted from pure plant material, to improve physical and emotional well-being. These oils possess distinctive therapeutic properties, which can be utilised to improve health and prevent disease. These natural plant oils are applied in a variety of ways but most commonly through massage where the oils can be used to enhance treatment or as a treatment in itself.
Aromatherapy is an especially effective treatment for stress-related problems and various chronic conditions but it can also simply be an invigorating indulgence.
- Pregnancy Massage
Pregnancy massage is the massage of pregnant women (prenatal) and women after giving birth (postpartum). It addresses the special needs of pregnant women such as discomforts in the low back, feet and legs.
Performed in a nurturing and supportive environment, this special treatment can promote relaxation, address a range of physical and emotional changes to the pregnant woman and create space and time for mother and baby to connect.
- Indian Head Massage
Indian head massage is based on an ancient Eastern form of healing that relaxes and harmonises the body’s natural balance. It is perfomed over clothes with the client in a seated position and often without the use of oils. A range of techniques are used to provide a stimulating and relaxing massage incorporating movements to the upper back, arms, shoulders, neck, head and face.
- Seated Acupressure
Seated acupressure is a relaxing and revitalising treatment, based on traditional Japanese acupressure where the therapist uses his or her hands to stimulate the energy points which can be found all along the meridians of the head, neck, shoulders, spine and lower back. Remaining fully clothed the recipient is comfortably seated in a specifically designed chair. This versatile massage sequence can provide a simple yet effective method of reducing stress and stress-related problems and can often be found within the workplace as onsite massage.
- Hawaiian Massage
Hawaiian massage is a dynamic synergy of the best of Lomi Lomi and Kahuna bodywork. Recapturing the forgotten wisdom of Aloha so precious to the ancient people of Hawaii, it blissfully transcends the stresses and strains of modern living by creating states of inner peace, balance and wholeness.
The benefits of Hawaiian massage are truly holistic and far reaching. Ranging from the therapeutic right through to the transformational it enhances all areas of one’s health, well-being and self-awareness. Especially healing for traumas, poor self-image, low esteem, lack of confidence and direction, relationship difficulties, eating disorders or disunity of body, mind and spirit it offers genuine renewal and hope.
Hawaiian massage is a unique, flowing, vibrant and deeply relaxing all body massage. The practitioner uses hands, forearm and body weight in long fluid strokes of varying rhythm and intensity up and down and all around the body. The energizing effects of these exquisite movements are combined with clear healing intent and become an invocation for positive change on all levels.
- Body Realignment
Body Realignment is a system of Facilitated Positional Release, where the therapist provides the body with the support and environment in which to release in the position of damage, so letting go of the effects of trauma. The therapy is almost completely painless and very relaxing for the client.
The therapist learns to tune in to the subtle movements, following the body as the muscles and fascia give up their restrictions and tension. As the physical pain and trauma are released, so the emotional traumatic memory clears, leaving the client freer in body and mind.