Introduction to Therapeutic Massage Treatment

Massage is a hands-on therapy where a massage therapist will use their hands to stroke, rub, manipulate, press, and dig into the various muscles in their patient's body with a view to relieving tension, aches, pain and stress. Massage is considered one of a number of complementary therapies, and is an important treatment method (for body and mind) for many hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

There are a number of different types of massage, with many requiring specific study by the practitioner. It is quite common for massage (particularly Remedial Massage and Relaxation Massage) to be used in integrative medicine, with Therapeutic Massage Treatment being one rung of a wellness ladder with various practitioners working together to support their patient's health.

With stress and physical ailments so common, understanding the nuances of massage can be immensely beneficial - particularly which types of massage are therapeutic massage treatments (including remedial and relaxation massage), and which have other purposes.

This Guide aims to unravel the intricacies of different types of massage, helping you to identify which one aligns best with your needs and how to make the most out of these healing sessions.

grayscale photo of woman getting a massage. Brisbane Livewell Clinic.

What is Massage Therapy used for?

Massage therapy is more than just a means to relax. It's a therapeutic practice involving the manipulation by your massage therapist of the muscles, fascia, trigger points and soft tissues in your body. This is sometimes called manual therapy.

Through various techniques, it aims to improve circulation, alleviate tension, and promote deep relaxation throughout your body.

Historically rooted in ancient cultures, massage therapy has evolved into a respected and widely utilised form of complementary and alternative medicine. 

There are many benefits of massage, including:

  • Enhance blood flow and improve oxygen delivery to tissues.
  • Relieve muscle tension and reduce pain.
  • Boost mental clarity and emotional well-being.
  • Help your body and mind feel relaxed.
  • Aid in the recovery from injuries and surgeries.
  • Improve sleep quality and combat insomnia.
  • Calm down the nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Enhance immune system function.
  • Improved circulation.
  • Provide relief from symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion.
  • Offer support during pregnancy and postpartum recovery.
  • Aid in the management of chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis.
Man with a sore neck and shoulder. Brisbane Livewell Clinic.
Brisbane Livewell Clinic offers a number of types of massage, carried out by skilled and certified Massage Therapists at our lovely Wavell Heights and Cannon Hill locations.

What are the different types of Massage?

There are numerous styles of massage therapy, each with its own technique and intended benefits. Understanding these different types of physical therapy can help you choose the one that best suits your needs.

Here are some examples of the most common types of massage:

1. Swedish Massage

Known for its gentle and soothing strokes, Swedish Massage is ideal for those new to massage therapy and seeking relaxation and mild tension relief.

It is better suited for those with medical issues than some of the more vigorous massages.

A woman getting a Swedish Massage. Brisbane Livewell Clinic.

2. Sports Massage

Tailored for athletes, Sports Massage focuses on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.

It is particularly suited to treat minor or chronic sports injuries and lessen pain and strain on the body caused by athletic requirements.

Man giving a Sports Massage. Brisbane Livewell Clinic.

3. Shiatsu Massage and Acupressure

The traditional Eastern techniques of Shiatsu Massage and Acupressure involve applying pressure to specific points on the body, aiming to balance energy flow.

Shiatsu Massage. Brisbane Livewell Clinic.

4. Pregnancy Massage

Designed for expectant mothers, this massage technique addresses the unique needs of pregnancy and those who are pregnant or expectant mothers, such as swelling and back pain.

Pregnancy Massage, also called Prenatal Massage, is one of our specialties at Brisbane Livewell Clinic and our massage therapists can help reduce your pregnancy pain and promote relaxation and a sense of wellbeing.

Pregnancy Massage. Brisbane Livewell Clinic.

5. Deep Tissue Massage

This type targets deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, making it suitable for chronic pain and recovery from injuries. Your massage therapist will apply strong pressure and deep pressure to relieve deep muscle aches and pains.

This type of massage will not be suitable for most of those with chronic pain, such as Fibromyalgia or around acute injuries.

Deep Tissue Massage. Brisbane Livewell Clinic.
To choose the right massage therapist, look for a qualified and experienced therapist whose expertise aligns with your needs. Consider factors like training, certification, areas of specialisation, and client reviews. Also make sure that you feel comfortable with them specifically, and trust them to be in close contact during the massage treatment. Consider cultural requirements (such as only using female massage therapists) if needed.

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Last Updated on 9 July 2024 by Brisbane Livewell Clinic