Types of Massage Therapy
Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage Therapy may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of Massage Therapy, including these common types:
Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
Deep Tissue massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
Myofascial/Connective Tissue Massage – are both whole-body approaches to healing that seek to restore balance and postural alignment, and thereby reduce pain and increase vitality. Techniques focus on releasing restrictions and restoring length in the fascia (the layers of connective tissue that surround and support every muscle, organ and bone in the body).
Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it's geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
Prenatal Massage. This massage is geared towards women who are expecting. Draping and placement of pillows are offered in different ways to ensure the comfort of the mom and the baby.
Reflexology. Type of massage on the feet to induce relaxation and work on the different points that reflect on various parts of the body. This massage can be a deeply relaxing and therapeutic modality for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries or even everyday work and play.