Traditional and Swedish Massage are based on conventional Western concepts of anatomy and physiology. They use five basic techniques of soft tissue manipulation: 1) long, flowing, or gliding strokes, 2) strokes that lift, roll, or knead the tissue, 3) circular strokes, 4) vibration, and 5) percussion or tapping. Swedish massage usually works in the direction of blood flow toward the heart because there is an emphasis on stimulating the circulation of the blood through the soft tissues of the body.
Acupressure and Reflexology are treatments in which the thumb, finger tips, and palm are applied to predetermined points that correspond with the body’s acupuncture points. Strong or very light pressure may be applied. Stretching and movement are also sometimes used. Reflexology is performed on the feet only.
Massage can play a role. Of course, you should exercise regularly, eat nutritious meals, get enough sleep each night, and allow yourself some recreation and social time. But you can enhance these healthful practices by having a regular or occasional therapeutic massage performed by a trained and licensed therapist.