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Massage therapy can help to decrease pain and muscle aches, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and relaxation.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: August 9, 2016

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: August 9, 2016

The art of massage has existed for thousands of years—at least since the days of the Pharaohs in Egypt. And for good reason. It feels great—and it's good for the mind and body. Massage therapy can help to decrease pain and muscle aches, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and relaxation.

Even a short, 15-minute massage is enough to boost alertness, providing a wave of energy that’s similar to a runner’s high, say researchers at the Miami School of Medicine. Another study, carried out by the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle, Wash. found that massages are able to better treat lower back pain and injuries than chiropractic therapy and acupuncture.

During a typical massage—the word comes from the Arabic word for "press gently"—a massage therapist uses his or her arms, hands, fingertips, or elbows to press into the muscle, tissue, and joints of the body. Massages may target injured muscles or fascia, the sheath covering the muscles, or use special props like hot stones or warm pools of water, to relax the body. Some, like acupressure, may improve conditions as varied as osteoporosis and depression.

Gentle Massages Light massage work and specialized techniques target tender muscles, tendons and joints to release unwanted tension
Massage Description What to Expect
CranioSacral (SM) Therapy CranioSacral Therapy is a relaxing form of alternative medicine used by chiropractors and...more CranioSacral practitioners typically spend time gently rocking the...more
Lymphatic Drainage To understand manual lymphatic drainage, it's first important to have a strong grasp on what...more During an appointment, a massage therapist will use their hands to deliver pressure in slow,...more
Myofascial Release Massage Fascia is the soft connective tissue that surrounds your muscles. When...more During a myofascial release massage, a masseuse uses his or her hands to knead and stretch...more
Prenatal massage Pregnancy can lead to muscle cramps, back pain, and swollen limbs. The pregnancy massage, or...more The body will be supported either by a special table or by pillows....more
Reiki Reiki is a Japanese-inspired massage technique known as “palm healing,” since only the...more During Reiki, you lie on a padded table as a massage therapist places...more
Watsu An aquatic body massage, Watsu is performed while floating in a pool of...more During a Watsu session, you will be floating in the arms of your Watsu therapist, who will...more

Moderate Massages These restorative massages use moderate amounts of pressure to alleviate muscle aches, anxiety and - for spiritual clients - energy blockages
Massage Description What to Expect
Acupressure Acupressure is a type of massage that uses the principles of acupuncture. Massage providers...more Acupressure massagers use the palms, elbows, fingers, feet, or...more
Hot Stone Therapy Applying direct heat can help relax muscles so besides producing a state of deep relaxation,...more Hot stone therapy is similar to Swedish massage. Oil is always used, allowing stones to...more
Lomi Lomi Lomi Lomi massage is a Hawaiian massage method. The word "lomi lomi"...more The massage consists of long, continuous strokes that are meant to improve blood flow,...more
Reflexology Reflexology is considered alternative medicine, though it may seem similar to a foot...more During a reflexology session, you will sit in a padded chair while the reflexologist applies...more
Shiatsu Shiatsu is the Japanese version of acupressure. Shiatsu uses the fingers (in place of pins)...more You’ll be fully clothed for the duration of a shiatsu massage, so make sure to wear loose,...more
Swedish Massage The Swedish massage is very much like a deep tissue massage. What makes the Swedish massage...more When getting a Swedish massage, you can expect varying amounts of pressure, ranging from...more
Thai Massage A good massage can feel like a long, relaxing stretch. The Thai massage actually combines...more An example of a Thai massage pose might require the massage therapist to lean on your back...more

Deep Massages Treat specific ailments like stiff joints, misaligned muscles and general sports injuries with a deep - even intense - massage
Massage Description What to Expect
Deep Tissue Massage Deep tissue massages are meant to manually manipulate the underlying connective tissues in...more During your appointment, a massage therapist uses their fingertips, knuckles, elbows, and...more
Russian Massage Since making its way into the mainstream, the Russian massage has retained its reputation as...more Russian massages address physical injury by breaking up scar tissue. Massage therapists...more
Sports Massage Not an Olympian? Not to worry, because despite its name, sports massages aren't just for...more A sports massage experience depends on the type of sports massage you receive. Some sports...more
Trigger Point Therapy Trigger points are isolated areas of pain which, when triggered, cause your body to react. ...more The goal of trigger point massage is essentially to seek out and destroy trigger points. ...more

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