What Is a Modality?
A Modality is the method of application of a therapeutic agent or regimen; a system comprised of a selection and organization of touch skills, based on a particular viewpoint or organizing principle, applied to a body to effect an intended outcome. Modalities include a variety of philosophical approaches, theoretical frameworks, and specific combinations of skills.
In our book we identify a variety of modalities that are representative of approaches available today. We invited many practitioners and primary teachers in the field to contribute to this chapter. These contributors distinguish the basic concepts and list the techniques or intentions most commonly utilized by them within a given modality.