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Massage therapists—expert guide

What is massage therapy?

Massage is the manipulation of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, in order to treat physical and bio-mechanical issues. Massage techniques include kneading, moving, flexing, and holding parts of the body, using various pressure and intensity to treat the patient.

Massage can also dampen anxiety, and is commonly used for relaxation.

What are some benefits of massage?

Massage has scientifically-proven benefits that can improve your health, including: (Better Health Channel)

  • Pain relief
  • Better circulation
  • Reduced muscle tensions
  • Relaxation
  • Reduced stress
  • Quicker recovery of soft tissue injuries
  • Improved joint mobility and flexibility
  • Heightened alertness
  • Improved heart rate regulation
  • Alleviating headaches
  • Reduced anxiety and depression

What are the different types of massage?

Massage techniques include kneading, moving, flexing, and holding parts of the body, using various pressure and intensity. It’s often performed on a massage table or chair, which allows the masseuse to easily move around the body while working. Different types of massage use different techniques, and can include:

Trigger point therapy

Trigger point therapy uses isolated pressure and release to ease tension, across various various parts of the body. It can be accompanied by deep breathing, and is often used together with deep tissue massage to achieve better results.

Deep tissue massage

In deep tissue massage, firm and flowing strokes are applied with the therapist’s thumbs, knuckles, or elbows, which eases tension in painful areas of the body.

Myofascial release

Myofascial release uses stretch-based massage techniques to knotted areas of the body, to relieve pain. It also focuses on trigger points across the body.

Stretch therapy

Stretch therapy focuses on remedial stretches, which helps to relieve pain, improve flexibility and range of motion, and enhance circulation.


Reflexology is the massaging of pressure points in a person’s hands, feet, and ears. It’s a good option for people who might be uncomfortable with being touched on their body (Emily Cronkleton, 2022, Healthline).

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