Massage is a systematic, therapeutic stroking and kneading of the soft tissues of the body.
There are many types of massage. In general terms, a therapist presses, rubs and manipulates the muscles and soft tissues of the body. Most types are performed by using their hands, others may use their forearms and elbows.
Types of Massage Therapy
- Swedish massage uses long strokes, kneading and deep circular movements.
- Sports massage is similar to Swedish but with the specific requirements of athletes.
- Deep tissue massage focuses on myofascial trigger points (muscle knots).
Depending on the type of massage sessions can be as short at thirty minutes or as long as an hour.