Explaining The Different Types Of Massage
Anma is a traditional Japanese Massage and
involves deep tissue massage using no oils.
Shiatsu massage grew out of this rich
Ayurvedic is a natural health system
massage, originating in India more than 5000
years ago. It is a combination of techniques
similar to yoga, meditation and the use of
natural herbal remedies.
This massage is performed by two therapists
who work in harmony using heated herbal oils.
Ayurveda has the purpose of balancing mnid,
body and spirit.
Barefoot Deep Tissue massage is a Eastern
barefoot technique that combines massage with
western manual medicine. Clients lie with loose
clothing on a floor mat with pillows or
bolsters to support different positions
(supine, prone, and side-lying).
No oil is used during this type of massage.
Sessions vary in length from just 2 minutes to
over an hour. The therapist manimulates tissue,
releases fascia and searches for trigger points
that tell of existing problems.
Two well-known Chinese massages are Tui Na
and Zhi Ya.
Tui Na is similar to Zhi Ya but involves a
more pushing, stretching and kneading
Zhi Ya is based on acupressure and uses
pinching and pressing of acupressure points.
Deep muscle and deep tissue massage therapies
are very specific set of movements targeting
specific body parts. Deep massage is
applied to all muscles concentrating on those
muscles who are sore (have been depleted of
blood supply and lymphatic flow).
This massage technique has the purpose of
restoring circulation and thus achieving
healing at the cellular level. Patients who
suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, neck or
back pain, headaches, poor circulation or
whiplash will benefit from this type of
The deep tissue massage focuses on joint,
various muscle groups and has the purpose of
reaching to the deep layers of soft tissue. The
massage starts at the upper layer and eases
into the depth of each muscle group. Very
little lubricant if any, is used during this
massage. The therapists will use fingers, flat
elbow, opposing thumbs, the heel of hand or
foot and the forearm during massage.
Erotic massage is used during lovemaking and
is centered on the genitals with sexual arousal
being the purpose. Commercial uses of this
massage is illegal in some jurisdictions.
Lomilomi or the traditional hawaiian massage
is an ancient massage art used by Hawaiian
healing specialists. There are hundreds of
different styles of Lomilomi practiced with the
main ones being of hte Big Island passed on by
Aunty Margaret Machado , and the Maui style of
Uncle Kalua Kaiahua.
Reiki Massage is a Japanese healing massage
that helps those receiving it to feel more
connected to life using channelling of energy.
It is used to improve health and to enhance
one's quality of life.
Shiatsu is another Japanese massage. This
form uses thumb pressure along the energy
meridians in the body. The client is fully
clothed and the massage is done while the
client is on a mat on the
Those who have suffered from soft tissue
injuries may receive relief from trigger
point therapy, myofascial (muscle and
fascia therapy) for flexibility improvement
and connective tissue support and other
techniques such as Active Release
Therapies, Stretching, and also MET which
is Muscle Energy
A popular massage therapy for those in
sports is, Sports Massage or Sports Therapy
and is used to treat athletes for the
prevention of injuries, to enhance their
performances on the playing field, or to
rehabilitate them after suffering
Theraputic Massage Terms and
A massage can
help a person feel nurtured via
touch. A couple can reconnect
again by exchanging back and
thing is to apply even
pressure, remembering to use
small circular movements and a
nice relaxing massage oil like
A therapist will use a combination of soft
tissue massage, gentle mobilization and
stretching techniques to restore function
to muscles and joints before, during or
following sporting events. Sports
therapists work along with other members of
the Sports Medicine Team.