Oriental-based systems of finger-pressure which treat special points along acupuncture "meridians" (the invisible channels of energy flow in the body).
Deep Tissue Massage:
Releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. It is called deep tissue, because it also focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
The massage strictly for the purposes of rest and relaxation. This massage technique is not designed for therapeutic effects or for dealing with chronic pain or discomfort. This massage is essentially the same as a gentle Swedish massage that uses smooth, gliding strokes. The primary purpose will be to help you relax, and the massage therapist will probably move at a slower pace and use light pressure.
Trigger Point Therapy (Myotherapy or Neuromuscular Therapy):
Applies concentrated finger pressure to "trigger points" (painful irritated areas in muscles) to break cycles of spasm and pain.
Massage therapy focusing on muscle systems relevant to a particular sport.
Is a form of bodywork that is manipulative in nature and seeks to rebalance the body by releasing tension in the fascial. Long, stretching strokes are utilized to release muscular tension.
On-site Massage (chair massage or corporate massage):
Is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. These chairs most often slope forward allowing access to the large muscles of the back. On-site massage usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and is intended to relax and improve circulation.
Massage based around a system of points in the hands and feet thought to correspond, or "reflex," to all areas of the body.