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Glossary of Massage Therapies


There are four strokes in Swedish massage: effleurage, petrissage, friction and tapotement. Effleurage is the long flowing strokes, petrissage is the kneading strokes, friction is used to generate heat and bring blood to the surface, and tapotement is the hitting type strokes. The aim of a Swedish massage is to relax the tissues of the body, relieve stress and improve circulation.

Deep Tissue

Uses a combination of pressure and leverage to release chronic patterns of tension in the body, to loosen the fibers of the muscles and to release toxins.

Lymphatic Drainage

Focused on making the lymph system of the body more efficient, and relieves blockages.

Muscle Release Technique (MRT)

Developed specifically to treat chronic, hard to treat muscle pain problems. During treatment sessions, clients learn how to monitor their own body posture and practices they can use daily to keep themselves out of pain.


Involves turning or pressing the fascia (connective tissue that covers muscle) in a direction that causes the therapist to feel either increases or decreases resistance. The fascia responds to the trained touch to release the adverse effects of inflammation, tensions and trauma.


Involves the therapist using postural assessment, muscle testing, exercise and stretching to balance the nervous system. It enhances the function of joints, muscles, and movement, and it releases endorphins, the body’s own natural pain killers.

Soft Tissue Assessment

Soft tissue therapy is designed to help people who have sustained injury to their muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues.

Trigger Point Therapy

A Trigger point is an area of muscle tissue that is hypercontracted (a knot). The therapist pushes on this point to relax the entire muscle.

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