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Types of Massage Therapy
The term "massage therapy" encompasses many different techniques .
In general, therapists press, rub, and otherwise manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. They most often use their hands and fingers, but may use their forearms, elbows, or feet.
AJ Reflexology, our therapist uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping.
AJ's Sports massage is similar to Swedish massage, adapted specifically to the needs of athletes. Among the many other examples are deep tissue massage and trigger point massage, which focuses on myofascial trigger points -- muscle "knots" that are painful when pressed
Massage is becoming more popular as people now understand the
benefits of a regular massage session to their health and well-being.
Our therapists usually ask new patients about symptoms, medical history, and desired results. They may also perform an evaluation through touch, to locate painful or tense areas and determine how much pressure to apply.
Typically, our customers lies on a table, either in loose-fitting clothing or undressed (covered with a sheet, except for the area being massaged). AJ's therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on the skin. Sometimes, people receive massage therapy while sitting in a chair. A massage session may be fairly brief, but may also last an hour or even longer.
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