Massage Techniques Used in Massage Therapy

Evidence suggests that many ancient cultures practiced massage therapy. In many ways, they started physiotherapy. Nowadays, you can choose from approximately 80 different techniques, movements, and pressures if you want or need a massage.

These involve rubbing, manipulating, or pressing muscles and other soft tissues with fingers, hands, elbows, forearms, or even feet.


Massage Techniques


Perhaps you often wonder whether specific techniques are a fad or the newest, most fantastic techniques. More importantly, how can you tell whether a massage style will help you? 


Massage styles range from short, percussive strokes to long, smooth strokes. They can last anywhere from five minutes to two hours. Many involve the application of lotions and oils. Furthermore, some massage therapists have their clients undress before the massage, while others may have their clients fully clothed. 


To determine the best massage technique for you, ask yourself one question: Do you want a massage for relaxation, or do you need it to relieve symptoms of certain health conditions? Before you schedule a massage, it would help if you let your therapist know what you are looking to achieve. 


Your massage therapist may use more than one technique or customize your massage depending on your condition, age, or special needs. The most popular techniques used in massage therapy include:


Swedish Massage


A Swedish massage is a gentle, full-body massage. It is ideal for those new to massage therapy, people who need to release tension, and those desiring soft touch. It is a good choice for removing muscle knots and providing full-body relaxation. During a Swedish massage, your therapist will use a combination of massage techniques.


Deep Tissue Massage

A deep tissue massage is an excellent option for those with muscle problems involving more pressure than a Swedish massage. These include chronic muscle pain, soreness, tightness, imbalance, and injury. Therapists use deep finger pressure and slow strokes to relieve the tension from the deepest layers of the patient’s connective tissue and muscles.


Sports Massage

A sports massage is a good treatment option if you have a repetitive use injury to a muscle in your body. Also, it is a good option for those prone to injuries since it can help prevent them. A sports massage can help increase flexibility, relieve pain, release muscle tension, reduce anxiety, and boost athletic performance.




More and more Americans, especially baby boomers, regularly get some form of massage therapy. They recognize the many possible health benefits of this form of treatment. They undergo different techniques to get relief from various symptoms and injuries. Besides addressing specific health conditions, massage therapy can help promote overall wellness.


For more information on massage therapy and which massage type is right for your needs, call Atlantic Chiropractic Associates at our offices in Milford, Georgetown, or Lewes, Delaware. You can reach us at (302) 309-9900!

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