Types of Massage

Massage therapy is an ancient healing art dating back thousands of years. So it may come as no surprise that there are various types of massage called as modalities. This is also why massage therapy is so effective at helping people live healthier in mind, body and spirit. For any type of affliction you have, there is probably a perfect type of massage therapy designed specifically to relieve it.

While these are broad modalities of massage types, you can find starting points to the perfect class or massage therapist through these four modalities.

While these are broad types of massage, you can find starting points to the perfect massage therapy school or massage therapist through these five categories major types of massage. Select a category below to view the types of massage in that area, or view a complete list of massage modalities.

Western Massage

Western Massage

Western massage therapy modalities mostly focus on medical therapy, including trigger point and neuromuscular massage therapy, which is an approach to detailed massage types for muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue.

Eastern Massage

Eastern Massage

Eastern massage therapy modalities rely upon the concept of pressure points which serve as key points in energy channels that flow through the body. These Eastern types of massage focus on manipulating the pressure points so blocked energy points can be cleared, thus improving the client’s physical and mental health, while aiding with muscle damage and pain relief.

Bodywork Therapy

Bodywork

Bodywork is a term that describes therapeutic healing or development through massage. Some of the best known forms are: Yoga and pranayama (breath work and therapy) Rolfing, Trager, kinesiology, Bioenergetics, and Chiropractic and Osteopathy.

Somatic Therapy

Somatic Therapy

Somatic massage therapy is a way for a massage therapist to provide care and support for a client during or after a particularly traumatic event. Somatic massage focuses on whole body health and treatment of how stress and fear physically manifest on and in the body.

Wellness Therapies

Wellness Therapies

Wellness therapies and adjunct therapies are treatments that can be performed for clients as supplements to their current massage therapy, such as aromatherapy, hot stones, and mud packs.