Swedish massage is probably the most recognized and commonly used type of massage.
It employes techniques that vary in intensity from light to vigorous using five different types of strokes: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber or with the fibers) and vibration/shaking.
It has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
A gentle technique that works through the body's lymphatic system to activate the body fluid circulation and stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems.
It uses light and slow repetitive movements of the skin in a specific sequence, to aid in the movement of lymph.
The result of these actions can include reductions in edemas, detoxification of the body, regeneration of tissue as well as many other benefits.
Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful or stiff "trouble spots" in your body.
It uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles on the specific area, relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with movement and muscle function.
Though less rhythmic and relaxing than Swedish massage, deep tissue can be very therapeutic.