Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure. Techniques are commonly applied using hands,fingers,elbows,knees and feet or a device. The purpose of massage is generally promoted as treatment for stress or pain.
Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities).
While there are several types of massage, two fundamental categories are:
- Relaxation massage – also known as Swedish massage; practiced in settings like spas, wellness centers and resorts
- Rehabilitative massage – also known as deep tissue, medical, therapeutic or clinical massage; practiced in many settings like clinics, hospitals and chiropractic offices.