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What are the different types of Massage?

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Ask the Expert

Chasta Boley, CMT

There are two types of massage therapy: 1) Massage designed for relaxation

2) Massage designed for pain management

There are over hundreds of styles of Massage.

 Acrosage - Combines massage, yoga, acrobatics. The client is placed in an inverted pose atop of the acrosager's feet, their head hanging freely with no pressure on the neck or spine, so the client's difficult points can be easily managed.

 Acupressure - An ancient healing art that uses fingers to stimulate key points along the meridian to activate healing. Acupressure and Acupuncture use the same points but acupressure doesn't use needles. It is believed that tension in the muscles block the flow of energy(chi) not only in a person's muscles, but also in internal organs.

 Body Alignment - This technique is a means of accessing the body to identify where imbalance or blockage exists.

 Reflexology - A massage of feet, or hands with the intent of affecting other parts of body. The feet and hands are like a map of the body, with points on the feet, and the hands that correspond to organs and tissues in the body.

 Swedish massage - Most common of massages taught. Swedish Massage is designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. All of the strokes used work at having the circulation flow toward the heart, and manipulate soft tissue.

 Trigger Point Therapy - Are tender points or congested spots in muscle tissue, which can radiate pain to other areas.

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