Cranial-sacral therapy, or craniosacral, is a type bodywork that reduces the pressure in the bones of your head, low back and spine.
Abhyanga, a type or oil massage, is from Ayurvedic medicine. It is heated and then gently massaged throughout the body. This massage focuses on skin care and not deep massaging muscles.
In one study, researchers employed a program of Thai massage combined with wand exercises to study the effects on people with knee arthritis. The researchers found that the study participants felt less pain and walked with greater ease after the 8-week program.