Therapeutic Massage - This type of massage is meant to offer health benefits. The massage therapist and the client create a goal to achieve muscular/structural changes in the body . This usually happens through a series of massages to reach the desired outcome. In other words, you come to the massage therapist with a problem (tight shoulders, sciatic pain, spasm in lower back, loss of range of motion in neck...). The massage therapist assesses your condition, proposes a plan, performs the massage and evaluates the outcome. Click here for a list of conditions treatable by therapeutic massage.
Medical Massage - Can be defined as massage that is prescribed or recommended by a doctor, physical therapist, chiropractor or acupuncturist to name a few health professionals. Medical massage, also known as clinical massage, includes any massage that is performed with a desired clinical outcome and is often done with the patient's clothes on. Contraindications, measurable assessments, thorough documentation and at home self care including stretches and heat/ice where applicable are necessary for a successful outcome. Many insurance companies will cover this type of work. Click here for a list of conditions treatable by medical massage.
Relaxing Massage - This type of massage is also known as a Swedish massage. It is more superficial (on the surface) and improves blood and lymph circulation while relaxing you.