Types of Massage Beck Practices
What is massage therapy?
Massage is manual manipulation of soft tissues (fascia/muscle, connective tissue, tendons & ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods called modalities.
People seek massage therapy to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness.
Some massage therapists are able to coordinate their soft tissue work with other healthcare professionals (see Medical Massage).
While there are several types of massage, two fundamental categories are:
- practiced in settings like spas, wellness centers, and resorts; the goal is to reach a state of 'Zen'. This type of massage primarily consists of Swedish & Circulatory massage
- It is known for long, fluid strokes & typically covers the whole body in one session
- Thai Massage is a hybrid massage: part relaxation, but also is an effective tool for optimizing rehabilitative work.
- Known as therapeutic or clinical massage; includes Deep Tissue & Sports Massage, Acupressure & Shiatsu
- These types of massage are 'Fix It' work & typically focus on specific problematic areas (frozen shoulder, locked up back, migraines, hip pain, etc.)
- Although they work bisymmetrically (both sides of the body, so you are not lopsided) the work is more concentrated & not spread equally across the body
The 10 sessions
- Also known as Rolfing or Structural Integration; this is also rehabilitative, however it is based on a comprehensive full body overview.
- Think of it like incorporating every type of Rehabilitative massage in a strategic recipe to transform the body from fighting gravity to using it.
- In super simple terms, if you were a flat basketball (filled with pain) not bouncing properly, then the 10 Sessions fills you up with air (so your body works to the best of it's ability.