Types of Massages:

  • Sports Massage Therapy
  • Reflexology Massage Therapy
  • Swedish Massage Therapy
  • Aromatherapy Massage Therapy
  • Ayurvedic Massage Therapy
  • Shiatsu Massage (acupressure)
  • Pregnancy Massage (pre-natal massage)
  • Neuromuscular Massage Therapy
  • Rolfing Massage(Deep Muscle or Connective Tissue Massage)
  • Hellerwork Massage
  • Lomilomi Hawaiian Massage
  • Myofascial Release Massage
  • Hotstone Massage Therapy
  • Thai Massage

Sports Massage:

Designed to prevent and treat injuries, improve flexibility, and enhance athletic performance, sports massage can be used by athletes of all abilities to prepare for or recover from athletic or sports events.

Even if you aren’t an athlete, sports massage may help muscle pain or restricted range of motion.
The idea behind sports massage is to manipulate the body’s soft tissues, and focus on certain muscle groups depending on which sport the athlete plays.
This type of massage can help with increased blood flow, increased range of motion, and increased flexibility.
In sports massage, the strokes are generally faster than a typical Swedish massage. The therapist may also include compression, pressure point therapy, friction, and joint mobilization.


Swedish Massage Therapy:

  • The standard type of massage offered in most clinics, gyms, spas, and wellness centers, Swedish massage is virtually synonymous with massage therapy.
  • Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, compared to the energy-centric style more common in Asian forms of massage.
  • Using lotion or oil, massage therapists typically begin with broad general strokes and then transition to specific strokes to address problem areas.
There are five basic strokes in Swedish massage therapy: effleurage (long smooth strokes), petrissage (kneading, rolling, and lifting), friction (wringing or small circular movements), tapotement (percussion), and vibration (rocking and shaking movements).

  • As the name implies, hot stone massage uses warm stones.
  • The therapist places heated, smooth stones on specific points on the body and also holds the warm stones while giving the massage.

  • The stones are usually basalt (a volcanic rock that retains heat well).
  • The warmth of the stones can be relaxing and can loosen tight muscles so that the therapist can reach areas of muscle tension quickly.
  • If you have certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or varicose veins, you should check with your health care provider if you plan on getting a hot stone massage.
  • Likewise, if you take any blood-thinning medication, be sure to get a medical opinion first.

Thai Massage:

  • A unique blend of assisted yoga, passive stretching, and pressing massage movements, Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage.
  • It’s a little bit like yoga without doing the work, as the therapist moves and stretches you in a sequence of postures, usually on a mat on the floor.

  • Like shiatsu, Thai massage aligns the energies of the body. The massage therapist uses rhythmic compression along the body’s energy lines to reduce stress and improve flexibility and range of motion. It is done fully clothed.
  • This type of massage can reduce muscle spasticity and back pain, and has been shown to be useful in treating balance problems and migraine symptoms.