Common massage techniques and their benefits

Massage therapy is a holistic practice that encompasses a myriad of techniques designed to promote relaxation, alleviate pain, and enhance overall well-being. At Prana Endura, we use a variety of massage techniques, each with its unique approach to address specific concerns and conditions. 

Myofascial Stretching

Myofascial stretching is a massage technique that targets the fascia, a connective tissue surrounding muscles, bones, and organs. This technique involves gentle, sustained pressure and stretching to release restrictions in the fascia. Myofascial stretching aims to improve flexibility, reduce pain, and enhance the body’s natural range of motion. By addressing the fascial network, therapists can help clients experience greater freedom of movement and relief from chronic tension.

Peripheral Muscular Facilitation (PMF)

Peripheral Muscular Facilitation, commonly known as PNF, is a stretching massage technique that involves a combination of passive stretching and isometric contractions. This method helps improve flexibility and range of motion by engaging the muscles in a targeted manner. PNF is often employed to enhance athletic performance, rehabilitate injuries, and increase overall muscular flexibility. The therapist guides the client through specific stretches and encourages isometric contractions to achieve optimal results.


Rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure is a technique that involves applying pressure to specific points along the body’s energy meridians. By stimulating these points, acupressure aims to promote the flow of Qi (life force energy) and restore balance to the body. This technique can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being. Acupressure is often incorporated into various massage modalities, providing a holistic approach to healing and relaxation.

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Therapy

TMJ therapy focuses on the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw to the skull. Individuals with TMJ disorders often experience pain, tension, and restricted movement in the jaw. TMJ massage techniques involve gentle manipulation of the jaw muscles, releasing tension and promoting relaxation. Therapists may use a combination of massage, stretching, and intraoral techniques to address TMJ-related issues and enhance jaw mobility.

Craniosacral Techniques

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that focuses on the craniosacral system, which includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. By applying subtle pressure and manipulation, therapists aim to release restrictions in the craniosacral system, promoting balance and restoring the body’s natural healing abilities. Craniosacral techniques are believed to address a range of issues, including headaches, stress, and chronic pain.

Book a massage! 

At Prana Endura, we create a massage experience tailored to your specific needs. We offer a range of modalities and session lengths.