There are several types of therapeutic massage available; some have a specific purpose; some others are different techniques to the same objective. Some of those techniques are:
Swedish Massage. Also called "classic massage" --and the most popular of all specialties—pressure is applied in a series of long and flowing strokes, often towards the heart. Its objective is to increase blood circulation and promote relaxation.
Deep Tissue. In this technique, pressure is applied to a specific joint, muscle, or muscle group. Incremental pressure is applied deeper into the soft tissue, reviving and energizing sore and tired muscles.
Lymphatic Massage. This helps to unclog the lymph system, whose congested pathways can cause soreness, aches and pains, and flu-like symptoms. Beginning in a clockwise motion on the body, the lymph system is manually cleansed.
Thai Yoga Massage or assisted yoga soothes by means of stretching and loosening the body. This specialized therapy may include pulling and cracking of extremities, walking on or arching the client’s back.
Hot Stone Massage. As its name implies, deep, penetrating rocks are heated and placed on your back to stimulate your body. Swedish strokes are sometimes blended in to promote circulation and enhance relaxation.
Foot, Hands and Wrists Massage. A lesser known but increasingly significant specialty. Its objective is to release stress from abused and overworked hands and feet. This condition is most commonly found in computer and beauty operators, musicians, secretaries, and anyone who works predominantly with their hands and are on their feet most of the day.
Prenatal Massage. By employing specifically developed techniques, discomfort related to pregnancy can be helped and eased. Growth of the baby can lead to a shift of the mother’s weight distribution, which alters the body’s centre of gravity and may create joint and muscle pains. Other benefits include easing back pain, muscle cramps, swelling and insomnia due to discomfort by the mother.