Massage is to work and act on the body with pressure. Massage techniques are commonly applied with hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, feet, or a device.
Three types of massage are mainly allocated:
1) Medical massage;
2) Anti-cellulite massage;
3) hygienic so called “Relax” massage.
Medical massage is outcome-based massage, primarily the application of a specific treatment targeted to the specific problem(s) the patient presents with a diagnosis and are administered after a thorough assessment/evaluation by the medical massage therapist with specific outcomes being the basis for treatment. It is also known as clinical massage or treatment massage.
Anti-cellulite massage provided by a well-trained therapist is an action principle that is recognized and proven by the scientific community. Yet stimulating the surface of the skin, it sends a signal deep down to the cells (ex: fat cells and fibroblasts) to provoke a physiological response (example: activation of collagen and elastin production or activation of lipolysis). It actually works, when creams or diets don’t help.
In a relaxation massage, there is less emphasis on working out chronic underlying muscle tension—the adhesions or “knots” and muscle restrictions in the muscle tissue—because the goal of this type of massage is to let you drift away and feel good. In a relaxation massage, the therapist won’t push your limits in order to get the muscle to release, and you might even fall asleep.