So your muscles are tense and you’re ready for a massage. Physiohaus has a massage team with many tools to help you recover!

People coming to Physiohaus for the first time are asked about their massage history and this article is designed to teach you about some styles of massage. Once you know the different types of massages, you can discuss the right treatment with your Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). Our massage therapists have years of experience and have taught at massage therapy colleges in London and Toronto.

Here are six types of massage therapy treatments and their health benefits:

1. Swedish massage

This is the probably most well-known form of massage. It’s meant to relax the body and increase circulation by massaging the soft tissues, according to the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy. Massaging strokes include kneading, rubbing, vibration, and even stretching and mobilization of the joints. Swedish massage focuses on relaxing your muscles and joints without going very deep.

2. Deep tissue massage

This type of massage uses more pressure to reach deeper into muscles and tendons. It targets the network of connective tissues that surround, support and inhabit muscles, bones, organs and nerves. Deep tissue massage can help relieve chronic pain, according to the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario. It can also help with pain and stiffness from arthritic joints.

3. Trigger point massage

Areas of muscle tightness or “knots” are the target during this treatment. It combines the techniques of Swedish massage and deep tissue massage. A trigger point is an area of the body that’s causing discomfort somewhere else, according to the Mayo Clinic. They can cause headaches and other symptoms. The therapists at Physiohaus have additional training in trigger point massage therapy and years of experience using it.

4. Prenatal massage

Pregnant women often feel pain in their lower back, legs or hips and may suffer from swelling. There is evidence that massage can help pregnant women with mental health, low-back pain and labour pain. Cassandra Colley is also a certified Doula (labour and support) practitioner and has extensive experience in treating peri and post natal conditions.

5. Sports massage

A sports massage is for athletes of all levels – from weekend warriors to elite performers. Some athletes get sports massages as a warm up before a high-intensity workout or game. These massages can help with blood flow, prevent injuries and improve recovery times, according to the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario.

6. Cupping

During a cupping treatment, a cup is placed on the skin and a manual pump create suction over the tight tissue. The therapist determines the amount of suction based on how stiff the muscle and regional tissue is. The air inside the cup creates a vacuum that draws the skin upwards and distracts it from layers of tissue which helps with release of tension and promotes local blood flow and circulation.

With dry cupping, the cup is set in place for a set time, usually between 5 and 10 minutes. Many cups can be used, and the therapist can work on other tissue around the cups during treatment. Nicole Vanry uses cupping therapy as part of her treatment at Physiohaus.

Whether you have had experience with specific treatment or want our experienced massage therapists at Physiohaus to determine what is best for you, our massage therapy team is happy to help you on the road to recovery.