Basic and complementary techniques

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The following is a breakdown of the basic massage techniques accredited by the FQM. You are required to complete your training at one of our accredited schools or to obtain equivalence in order to include a massage technique in your file.

  • Jin Shin Do®

Jin Shin Do®, an energetic approach, establishes a bridge between East and West: Based on the theory of acupuncture, it relies, on the one hand, on a unique acupressure technique and exercises, also borrowing from Taoist philosophy; and on the other hand it fosters a Western perspective founded on psychophysical work. Continue reading...

  • Swedish massage

The most classical and popular of the massage techniques practiced in the West, Swedish massage involves a coordinated series of maneuvers applied to the muscle mass or joints with the intention of bringing relief to muscles that are tired, atonic or inhibited. Continue reading...

  • Thai Yoga massage

Thai Yoga massage combines yoga positions with spirituality and meditation while offering the benefits of therapeutic touch through massage. Continue reading...

  • Neo-Reichian massage

This approach is distinct from an approach meant to modify posture without simultaneously taking into account the recipient’s psychological attitude, and from a psychotherapeutic approach not involving physical work. The integration of body-emotion is central to the Neo-Reichian approach. Continue reading...

  • Momentum Massage

Momentum massage is a soft and intuitive physical approach based primarily on touch rather than specific maneuvers. The focus is on encouraging the client to look inward with the goal of building his or her capacity to be mindful of the sensations experienced during the massage. In Momentum massage, the technical aspect is not as important as it is in other techniques. Continue reading...

  • Tragger® and Mentastics®

Trager® is an innovative system of exploration and rehabilitation through movement. It is characterized by supple rhythmic movements including rocking, vibrating and stretching. The Trager® approach is meant to help the client achieve a meditative state of peace and calm. The work requires considerable sensitivity, therefore, and through it the therapist and client establish a mutually rewarding rapport. With its softness and absence of effort, and with its strength and force of will, this is an approach anyone can enjoy. Continue reading...

  • Amma massage

Amma, a form of Japanese massage, relies on pressure much like acupuncture, shiatsu and many other forms of acupressure massage. Amma has not identified itself with Western currents in massage or medicine but instead has remained steeped in Japanese tradition. And rather than advance a specific diagnosis with the goal of treating disease, it seeks, instead, to promote calm through touch. Continue reading...

  • Polarity

Because it is energetic in essence, and because energy contains awareness, knowledge and cosmic elements forming the subtle aspect of matter, polarity exerts a simultaneous impact on the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual planes. The response on the part of the practitioner depends on the needs of the recipient. Continue reading...

  • Kinesitherapy

Human movement and its mechanics have inspired countless inventions meant to make our lives easier. Paradoxically, however, these inventions have reduced us to sedentariness and in some cases a robot-like state brought about by performing the same repetitive movements hundreds if not thousands of times per day. Sedentariness is the number one enemy of human beings, who are meant to move. The over-use of muscles and joints can also be a source of tension, pain and stiffness. Kinesitherapy promotes a return to movement by using simple and effective tools: massage combined with passive, active or counter mobilizations. Continue reading...

  • Shiatsu

By means of pressure exerted mostly with the thumbs though also with the elbows and feet, the massage therapist focuses on meridians and energy points (acupuncture) beneath the skin or at the muscular level. The quality of the pressure varies, depending on the recipient’s state of energy. Shiatsu is practiced within a perspective of overall individual development (physical, psychic and mental), and it is performed on top of clothing or directly on the skin. Continue reading...

  • Californian massage

Originating, as the name suggests, in California, Californian massage is a technique whose popularity has continued to grow. In the United States or in Europe (where it is also called “sensitive massage”), it fully meets the needs of clients looking to achieve effective and lasting relief of tension though deep relaxation, but also – and most importantly – to harmonize their entire being. Californian is the stress-busting massage par excellence. Continue reading....

Complimentary techniques

The following is a list of complementary techniques accredited by the FQM. As is the case with the basic techniques, persons interested in adding one of these techniques to their files are required to complete their training in an FQM-accredited school or to obtain equivalence.

  • Supportive care massage for persons with cancer
  • Acupressure
  • Massage for pregnant women
  • Massage for babies and infants
  • Massage for disabled persons
  • Massage for seniors
  • Chair massage
  • Cellulite massage
  • Aqua-massage
  • Hot and/or cold rocks massage
  • Reflexology
  • Thai Yoga massage
  • Thai herbal massage
  • Tuina massage
  • Chinese massage
  • Egyptian massage
  • Lomi-lomi massage
  • Lomi-atsu massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Sports massage
  • Bowen technique
  • Therapeutic touch
  • Trigger point
  • Craniosacral
  • Energetic osteopathy
  • Fasciatherapy
  • Myofascial release therapy
  • Integrated cranial therapy
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Vodder lymphatic drainage
  • Leduc lymphatic drainage