Is it really necessary to learn different modalities?

Integrative evaluation and treatment in healthcare are increasingly valued for their comprehensive approach to addressing a variety of client needs. The International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE), a global coalition comprised of Upledger Institute International (UII) and the Barral Institutes (BI), advocates for massage therapists to incorporate integrative manual therapies into their practice, emphasizing the importance of understanding and utilizing various modalities to create effective treatment plans. This includes CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and Visceral Manipulation (VM), among others.

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When considering the human body’s complex anatomy, including bones, joints, muscles, nerves and fascia, massage therapists benefit from learning different approaches and techniques, such as CST and VM. CST is a complementary treatment releasing tensions deep in the body to help reduce pain, relieve dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. VM is a complementary treatment form of manual therapy focusing on the internal organs, their environment and the potential influence on many structural and physiological dysfunctions. It treats functional and structural imbalances with an aim to influence musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. By expanding their toolbox, massage therapists can better assess and treat clients, addressing a wide range of issues that may arise.

How will massage therapists benefit from a broader toolbox?

A broader toolkit enables massage therapists to approach treatment with flexibility and precision, allowing them to tailor their techniques to individual client needs. This versatility is particularly valuable when dealing with complex or challenging cases, as it enables massage therapists to adapt and apply the most effective methods for each situation, including CST and VM.

Central to effective treatment is a thorough evaluation process. Before initiating treatment, massage therapists must assess the source of the issue, determining whether it originates from the area of complaint or elsewhere in the body. An integrative approach to evaluation, which may include CST and VM techniques, allows massage therapists to identify the underlying causes of symptoms and develop targeted treatment strategies to address them.

For those interested in integrating different modalities into their practice, UII and BI offer comprehensive manual therapy training programs. These institutes provide courses and workshops designed to equip healthcare practitioners with the knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate various modalities, including CST and VM, into their practice effectively.

Whats the best way to find out about integrating different modalities?

By investing in continuing education and expanding their skill sets, massage therapists can enhance their ability to provide holistic and effective care to their clients, incorporating modalities like CST and VM.

For more information on UII courses and registration, visit or contact 1-561-622-4334 | 1-800-233-5880. To learn about BI courses and registration, visit or contact 1-561-622-4334 | 1-866-522-7725.