- What’s the Bottom Line?
- What Is Massage Therapy?
- What the Science Says About the Effectiveness of Massage
- What the Science Says About the Safety and Side Effects of Massage Therapy
- NCCIH-Funded Research
- Training, Licensing, and Certification
- More to Consider
- For More Information
- Key References
Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. 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.