What Is Massage?

Massage is defined by Mirriam Webster as: : manipulation of tissues (as by rubbing, kneading, or tapping) with the hand or an instrument for therapeutic purposes.

Below are a few of the more common styles of massage therapy and how they work with the body:

Swedish Massage, combines techniques such as effleurage (gliding strokes), petrissage (kneading), friction, and tapotement (light percussion).

Chair Massage

Performed with the client fully clothed in a chair designed for the purpose. Massage sessions are short (10-20 minutes) and typically target the head, neck, shoulders and back.

Deep Tissue Massage

A Modalities used to help specific skeletal and muscular disorders and complaints. It may include techniques that are intended to achieve relief and/or a slow, deep penetration of the deeper layers using standard massage strokes.


The traditional massage of Hawaii, it combines massage with sacred Shamanic principles and energy awareness.

Lymph Drainage Therapy

A gentle, hands-on approach to assist proper flow of lymphatic fluid and reduce localized swelling.

Sports massage

Massage combined with assisted stretching geared toward the athlete’s sport (or sports) of choice, focuses on the muscle groups that are most associated and stressed after working out. Each session is targeted to meet the unique needs of the client based upon his or her physical activity.

Trigger Point Therapy

Discovered and mapped by Dr. Janet Travell, TPT involves deactivating trigger points in muscles that refer pain to other areas of the body.