What are the Best Massage Techniques?

What Massage Style is Best for You?

Selecting the best massage style for yourself may seem daunting, given the numerous options available. However, you can simplify this task by considering your desired benefits and outcomes from the massage. Also, remember that each massage style has unique target areas and varying intensities.

Fortunately, your Remedial Massage Therapist, a highly-trained professional, can guide you in selecting the correct technique that meets your needs. Your therapist may also recommend combining techniques to address your specific concerns. During the session, communicating with your therapist is always a good idea to ensure maximum comfort and satisfaction.

To get started, your therapist may use some basic massage techniques, such as:

Longitudinal gliding:

This traditional massage technique involves gentle, rhythmic strokes in the direction of the blood flow to aid in fluid dispersion, reduce inflammation and swelling, and relax tight muscles.


This technique involves applying pressure to the muscles by squeezing and lifting the tissue. The force applied, rhythm, and rate of movement may vary depending on the massage’s purpose.

Myofascial release:

This manual technique involves stretching the fascia, a web of connective tissue that covers and connects muscles, organs, and skeletal systems in the body. Myofascial release aims to release restrictions and restore tissue balance.

Trigger point therapy:

Active centres of muscular hyperactivity, known as trigger points, can cause “knots” in the muscle tissue. Trigger point therapy involves applying pressure to tender muscle tissue to relieve pain and dysfunction in other body parts.

Transverse friction:

This technique involves applying an oscillating pressure across the direction of the tissue fibres, mainly on a tendon or ligament injury, to break down thickened, pain-producing scar tissue.

PNF stretches:

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation combines passive stretching and isometrics to extend muscle length by targeting nerve receptors in muscles.

Additionally, your massage therapist has many more massage techniques, such as Active Release Technique (ART), Deep Tissue Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Pregnancy Massage, Relaxation Massage, Sports Massage, Sports Recovery Massage, Swedish Massage, Therapeutic Massage, and Trigger Point Therapy.

Consulting with a trusted remedial massage therapist who can provide specific information based on your needs and preferences is the best way to determine your most suitable massage style.

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