Phoenix, AZ

Eric Spore, LMT

Massage Modalities

Central Phoenix Massage

By Appointment.   Phone: 928-242-3899    Email: 

Massage modalities are different types of massage or "treatment methods" applied by a massage therapist.  Modalities vary based on the part of the body being treated (including the subject tissue), the stroke method and pressure applied.  Although it is common to ask for a particular type of massage, particularly in spa environments, most massage therapists apply a blended approach. 

Our bodies act as road maps for our lives.  We each store stress differently.  We may have old injuries that are only partially resolved.  Most of us have postural issues that contribute to discomfort and repetitively stress specific parts of our bodies.  Athletes have different needs than those of us who sit in front of a computer all day.  On any given day different parts of your body may crave extra attention and a good massage therapist will treat each muscle individually, never forgetting its role as a part of the whole.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body called the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system is comprised of the brain, spinal cord, central nervous system, and the membranes, bones, and cerebrospinal fluid that house and protect them. Using soft touch massage and pressure, the aim of the practitioner is to help release restrictions in the craniosacral system, therefore improving function of the central nervous system and general well being. The client remains fully clothed during craniosacral therapy.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue massage is designed to reach the deep portions of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibers. Using deep muscle compression and massage produced friction along the grain of the muscle, its purpose is to unstick the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held patterns of tension. This massage technique is very effective in releasing chronic pain patterns held in the muscles and is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.  Some of the same massage strokes are used in traditional massage therapy or swedish massage, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.


Myotherapy is a kind of massage therapy that works on the principle of trigger points like accupressure treatment.  The principles of myotherapy are implimented through numerous different massage and accupressure methods; I primarily impliment myotherapy as a component of my deep tissue massages.

Reflexology Massage

Reflexology focuses on the feet, but it is more than just a good foot massage! Reflexology is a method for activating the healing powers of the body. Reflexology was founded on the principle that there are energy zones that run throughout the body, and reflex areas in the feet that correspond to all the major organs, glands, and body parts.  Reflexology works through the energy zones that run the length of the body. Reflexologists specify that there are ten of these zones; five on each side of the body that run from the head and tips of the fingers down through the body and into the feet.

These zones can be thought of as meridians that give access at specific points on the body to other specific points within that zone in the body. Sometimes, the energy flow becomes blocked. But, because the whole of our bodies is contained within the feet, a reflexologist is able to reopen the energy flow to specific areas in the body that are blocked by working the corresponding part of the foot. This means that functional by applying precised massage therapy to the feet, numerous parts of the body receive the benefits of the massage. The reflexology massage process can bring balance and harmony to the body and greatly aid the body in healing itself.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage uses a system of long massage strokes, muscle kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints. Used primarily for a full-body massage session, this type of massage therapy promotes general relaxation, improves circulation and range of motion, and relieves muscle tension.  This is the modality of massage therapy that most people think of when they think about receiving a relaxing massage.