Types of Massage
In the massage field, different types of massage are called modalities. Each modality uses different methods to achieve the intended goal.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage therapy uses stronger pressure to release chronic muscle tension. The therapist focuses their efforts on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia. This form of massage is known to lower blood pressure, in addition to reducing stress hormone levels.
Neuromuscular Massage / Trigger Point Myotherapy
Neuromuscular Massage is often helpful in treating lower back pain that is the result of soft tissue injury, such as a strained muscle. The therapist uses their fingers, knuckles, or their elbow to provide alternating levels on pressure where the muscle spasm is occuring.
Although the name leads some to believe that this modality is ony for athletes, sports massage benefits anyone who engages in regular mild exercise. Sports massage is also intended to either help atheletes prevent or recover from injuries and conditions that are inherent to their chosen sport. The techniques used help improve performance and endurance by reducing muscle tension, improving flexibility, improving circulation and blood pressure.
When people think of massage, the Swedish massage is what often comes to mind first. Swedish massage relaxes the body by the therapist applying long strokes to the body's muscles in the direction of the blood flow to the heart. This not only eases tension, but also helps to increase the blood's oxygen level, reduce the toxins retained in the muscles, and improve circulation. Studies have shown that recipients of Swedish massage experienced reductions in their stress hormone levels, as well as an increase in the number of lymphocytes which support the immune system.