In the world of massage therapy, there are a number of different ways that touch can be provided to create a healing effect. It can be rather confusing to the general public to decipher some of these technical sounding titles. Moreover, in the hands (no pun intended!) of different therapists, the experience of receiving what is called the same thing may be very different. However, some methods do have very strong differences. Here's what's available at Center for Therapeutic Massage:
Types of Massage
Deep Tissue Massage
Swedish Full Body Massage: Named for the nationality of the man who brought this technique to the United States, Swedish massage is a relaxing, invigorating once over. The pressure used is firm, but not specific to any particular problem.
Deep Tissue Massage: A method of lengthening and stretching congested tissues. Penetratingly deep, this method helps break up adhered areas, thus helping to restore range of motion. Very effective at relieving pain from both chronic and acute problems, we focus on a target area, as opposed to covering the entire body. This allows enough time make a positive change in problem areas.
Sports Massage: Geared for the active person, sports massage combines several different techniques to address injuries, conditions and the concerns of the athlete. Remember, athletes come in all varieties, from the serious competitor to the weekend warrior, to the desk jockey, who maybe using their forearms rigorously.
Orthopedic Massage: An approach to therapy as opposed to a discrete technique. The term "orthopedic" refers to the locomotor system, and orthopedic massage addresses dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system. The philosophy is to match the physiology of the problem to the proper technique. This relies heavily on correct assessment of the problem area, effective treatment plans and re-evaluation.