Types of Massage Therapy

There are many styles and types of massage therapy. Here are some of the more recognized modalities:
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Each massage session is customized to suit your needs best. At times, this means that you may benefit from a variety of styles or types of massage during one session.

Trigger Point Therapy or Myotherapy
Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.

Trigger points are very common. They are also referred to as muscle knots. Trigger points have several causes. Some common causes of trigger points are: an injury sustained in a fall or accident, poor posture, or overexertion.

Inactivating these points or knots can be very helpful to remove the pain from your everyday life. Pressure applied, usually with my fingers, causes the points to release and relax. Passive stretching (meaning I move the body part for you while you relax) and other modes of massage are also used to reinforce the work done through Trigger Point Therapy.

Trigger points may be related to:
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Knee Pain
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • TMJ
  • Trigger Finger
  • Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Problems walking or climbing stairs

Sports Massage
Benefits of sports massage include:
  • Injury prevention
  • Improved flexibility
  • Improved training
  • More competitive performance
  • Quicker recovery
  • Effective rehabilitation
  • Relief for tired/aching muscles
  • Greater relaxation
  • Breakdown of scar tissue
Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.

Sports massage has many benefits. Sports massage reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, reduces muscle tension, improves flexibility, and relieves pain. Each sport and athletic event uses muscle groups in a different way.

Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used. The technique often involves a blend of modalities specifically designed to treat professional athletes.

Deep Tissue
Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles not with the grain.

The session may combine Trigger Point Therapy with deep massage and gentle stretching. If you are seeking relief from a chronic or acute pain condition, Deep Tissue Massage is a great non-toxic and drug-free way to achieve results.

Deep Tissue Massage will noticeably loosen muscles, alleviate pain, and increase mobility--all significant benefits for an athlete. However, you don't have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of Deep Tissue Massage.

Swedish or Relaxation Massage
Enjoy the smooth, flowing style that promotes general relaxation, improves circulation and range of movement, and relieves muscular tension. Swedish massage generally does not focus on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Many feel that with swedish massage they can reach very high levels of relaxation, which has a wealth of benefits. Take a break from the reality of life and all the stress that comes with it.

John Smeltz, LMT License # MA51965, NCTMB, AMTA Member 727-251-0474