Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Massage therapists typically use their hands and fingers for massage, but may also use their forearms, elbows and even feet. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure.
There are many different types of massage, including these common types:
Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it's geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
Trigger-point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
Pregnancy (Prenatal) massage. This extra gentle form of massage can be very beneficial as it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy. Read more on the benefits of prenatal massage here.
"As an experienced professional, I work with my clients to develop a massage method that is right for them. During your session, I will check in with you regarding pressure and also your comfort level. Clients are always encouraged to give feedback during and after their massage therapy session." Amber Sherbet, LMT
*Source: Mayo Clinic