The different forms of massage focus on distinct elements of the body or in their approach to healing.
Swedish massage is the most general form of 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.
Trigger point massages
Trigger point massages are best suited for people who have injuries, chronic pain, or a specific issue or condition. Sometimes areas of tightness in the muscle tissues, known as trigger points, can cause pain in other parts of the body. By focusing on relieving trigger points, this type of massage can reduce that pain. Trigger point massage uses broad, flowing strokes that are gentle and relaxing combined with stronger, deeper pressure. The massage will include work on your entire body, but your therapist will focus on specific areas of your body that need to be released.
Oriental massage therapies originate from several Asian bodywork traditions and include Chinese, Japanese (Shiatsu), Indian, and Thai Massage techniques. Traditionally used to treat various illnesses in families, communities and villages they have been passed by generations. Most bodywork from Asia is based on the concept that each of us has a balanced flow of energy (Qi) throughout our body. When that flow is interrupted by trauma or injury, it must be re-established.
Deep tissue or sports massage therapy
Deep tissue or sports massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).