Common Types of Massage
Swedish Massage, the most common type of massage and the basis of “Western” techniques, uses a system of long strokes, kneading, friction, percussive and vibration techniques on the superficial and deep layers of muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints. It is used for full-body sessions and promotes general relaxation, improves blood circulation and range of motion, and relieves muscle tension.
Deep Tissue Massage, focusing on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, either following or transversing the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia.
Trigger Point Therapy (Myotherapy or Neuromuscular Therapy) applies concentrated pressure to "trigger points" (painful irritated areas in muscles) to break cycles of spasm and pain.
Shiatsu and Acupressure are systems of pressure massage combined with stretching techniques, based on Oriental healing concepts, which treat special points along "meridians," the invisible channels of energy flow in the body. Energy blocked along these meridians can cause physical discomfort, so the aim is to release the blockage and re-balance and open energy flows. They can be used for the full body or for specific areas of the body.
Specialized Applications for Lymphatic Drainage and Prenatel and Postpartum (Mother) Massage.