The growing field of Massage Therapy offers many different types of massages and massage techniques in which therapists can choose to further explore and specialize. Some popular Massage Therapy specialties include:
- Spa Therapy: Massage Therapists who utilize this massage technique use a combination of aromatherapy, nutrition, massage, and other natural healing techniques in their practice.
- Sports Massage: This specialty helps athletes prevent injuries and enhance their performance. A range of techniques is utilized in sports massage to help restore function to muscles and joints before, during, and after sporting participation.
- Reflexology: A traditional form of Chinese massage, reflexology concentrates on applying pressure to certain pressure points in the body that correspond to particular organs and areas of body tissue.
- Stone Therapy: Stone therapy utilizes smooth stones that are heated or cooled during massages. Heated stones help to relax the muscles, allowing the therapist to work more deeply into the muscle without the use of a deep tissue massage.
- Medical Massage Therapy: This specialized form of Massage Therapy is precise and patient-specific and focuses on therapeutic, corrective, and restorative results depending on the patients’ particular ailments.
- Prenatal Massage: To help reduce back and neck pain and swelling, and to increase circulation, prenatal massage is becoming an increasingly popular form of Massage Therapy for expecting mothers.
- Reiki: In the Japanese healing practice known as Reiki, the Massage Therapist aims to tap into an unlimited “life force energy” in order to enhance the quality of life and improve the health of their clients.
- Thai Bodywork: Thai bodywork combines yoga stretching, reflexology, energy work, acupressure, and meditation to place an emphasis on stretching and loosening of the body.