Raynor Massage is a therapeutic technique developed by Brandon Raynor, an Australian trained Naturopath. Some of the techniques used in Raynor Massage originated in Eastern practices of massage, such as Ayurvedic massage, Shiatsu, Lomi Lomi, and Yoga breathing techniques.
Another vital aspect of Raynor Massage is accepting that residual tension can be caused by emotional or stress related issues. The fundamental philosophy of Raynor Massage is based on the theory of Eastern Medicine that what manifests in our physical body is the culmination of various energies, emotions and of a life force, which is called chi or prana. If there is a disruption or blockage, which impedes the flow of chi or prana the result will be an area of muscle tightness, and the bones in the skeletal structure may be forced out of alignment.
Tension can be tracked along bands in the body that are composed of tendons, muscles, ligaments and other body tissues. Underlying these physical manifestations of the bands are subtle energy systems similar to Sen lines in Thai Massage, Meridians in Chinese Medicine, or Nadis in Ayurvedic Massage. Knowledge and techniques gleaned from these ancient modalities were then combined and evolved to form the Raynor Band Theory. While Raynor Massage Bands may overlap with some of these eastern practices, their distinguishing feature is they can be physically traced and seen within the body.
This system of bodywork treats the muscle and skeletal systems, as well as the energy systems throughout the body. Raynor Massage is not anything like an ordinary massage, although it does involve certain adjustments, stretches and techniques that have been developed over the years.
Residual tension is something that exists in someone’s body even when their body is at rest, like when they are lying on the massage table. If the client has an area where there is muscle tightness when they are not even using that muscle, this is residual tension. The goal of Raynor Massage is to completely rid the body of this. The definition of “relax” is to “return to a state of looseness”. “Re” is defined “to bring back” and “lax” actually means “loose”. Thus Raynor Massage is a technique of deep and relaxing massage.
There is an emphasis on specific vital parts of the body often neglected by conventional massage therapists. These would be, the hips, sacrum, abdomen, hands, feet and head. These areas have a tendency to hold a lot of residual tension, stagnation and block the flow of our life force. By treating these areas this tension can be released, providing a great deal of benefit physically in those areas, but also for the client as a whole.
You can also read more on our Raynor Massage, School of Natural Therapies - London website.
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