Swedish Massage: This is the building block for all massage modalities. Swedish massage affects the superficial layers of the muscles through five basic strokes. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks.
Sports Massage: Also known as manual therapy, manipulative therapy, or manual & manipulative therapy, this is a physical treatment primarily used on the neuromusculoskeletal system to treat pain and disability. It most commonly includes kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization and joint manipulation. This is my speciality and is categorized in four variations: Pre-event, Post-event, Rehabilitative, and Restorative.
Deep Tissue: Not to be confused with deep pressure, deep tissue affects the deeper muscle layers in the body. It focuses on targeting specific muscles and muscle groups to alleviate tension and discomfort.
Trigger Point Therapy: Sometimes confused with pressure point massage, this involves deactivating trigger points that may cause local pain or refer pain and other sensations, such as headaches, in other parts of the body. Manual pressure, vibration, or other treatment is applied to these points to relieve myofascial pain. These points relate to dysfunction in the myoneural junction, also called neuromuscular junction.
Prenatal: A massage given to pregnant women. This can be an adaptation of almost any modality.
Chair Massage: This is a clothed seated massage. Its pressure can be varied and it is often a persons first contact with massage.
Cupping: use of vacuum cups to create negative pressure and alleviate myofacial adhesion.