Massage Therapy Techniques

Massage Therapy Techniques

April 2, 2021

Massage is a hands-on therapeutic practice of manipulating and kneading the body’s muscles or joints to relieve pain or tension and improve overall feelings of wellness. Massage can be a part of physical therapy, or it can be practiced on its own. It can effectively reduce pain, relieve muscle tension and influence stress that often relate to musculoskeletal disorders in your body.

The Importance of Massage Therapy

The demand for massage therapy is growing because it’s beneficial to your health and wellness. Massage therapy is important for the following reasons:

  • It improves your blood circulation
  • Reduces the tension in your muscles
  • It increases your relaxations
  • It improves your ability to move your body parts
  • Decreases fatigue and stiffness of your muscles
  • It also improves the functioning of your soft tissue

Types of Massage Therapy Techniques Offered at Ottawa Health

There are different types of massage therapy techniques, and this article will help you decide which is the right one for you. The following are available at Ottawa Health: Performance and Rehabilitation:

1. Swedish Massage

This is a gentle type of massage best for people who are either getting a massage for the first time, either tensed or sensitive to touch. It helps your body release muscle knots and relaxes during the massage. The massage therapist will use a combination of the following massage techniques

  • Kneading
  • Vibration and tapping
  • Deep and circular motions
  • Long and flowing strokes
  • Techniques to move your joint passively

This massage therapy usually takes 60 to 90 minutes. Book your appointment online today!

2. Trigger Point Massage

This type of massage technique is good for people who have to feel pain, have injuries, or have a specific issue or problem. Areas of tightness in muscle tissue called trigger points can sometimes cause pain in other parts of the body. The massage focuses on relieving trigger points, therefore, reducing the pain that you bear feeling.

Your massage therapist in Ottawa will use broad and flowing strokes on your body, gentle, relaxing, and combined with deeper and stronger pressure. The massage is for your whole body, though your therapist will focus on the parts of your body that needs to be released. You can be fully or partially dressed or wear light clothing through the massage. It only lasts for at most 90 minutes.

3. Prenatal Massage

Prenatal Massage is meant for pregnant women. It helps to reduce body aches, ease muscle tension and reduce stress during pregnancy. Women can either lie on the side or a specifically designed table, cutout on the belly. The massage takes 45 to 60 minutes and is not advisable for women in their first trimester because there is a higher risk of miscarriage.


Unsure of which technique or practitioner may be best for you, check out our practitioner bios to see what they offer.