Type Of Massages


Types of Massage


At Back In Action Massage we give you the attention you deserve. Specializing in Hot Stone Massage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Japanese Zen Shiatsu, Chair Massage, Hand & Foot Reflexology, Lymphatic Massage, Sports Massage, and Myofacial Release.


Swedish Massage


One of the most commonly taught and well known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by simulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body and promote blood and lymphatic flow. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on being exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping techniques, with the application of oil to reduce friction on the skin. Used most often for its relaxation benefits, Swedish massage is the most common "introductory" technique for people who have never experienced massage before.


Hot Stone Massage


Sometimes done in combination with other types of massage, particularly Swedish, this technique involves laying smooth stones heated to slightly over 100 degrees on the shoulders and back muscles to increase circulation and promote relaxation. The therapist might also apply light pressure to the stones to enhance their effect.


Deep Tissue Massage


This type of massage is targeted at muscles that have been strained or are related to chronic pain or posture problems. The therapist targets deep layers of muscles and connective tissue by using short strokes and intense pressure. It's not uncommon for clients to feel sore for several days after such deep tissue manipulation, but the benefits can be well worth it.


Shiatsu Massage


Developed in Japan, Shiatsu is a finger pressure technique utilizing traditional acupressure / acupuncture points. Shiatsu massage concentrates on "unblocking" the flow of "Chi" or life energy through the body and restoring balance in the energy meridians in order to promote self healing. The practitioner uses a combination of joint mobility and range of motion stretching, as well as applies pressure to specific points located along the energy meridians. The treatment brings about a sense of rejuvenation, some clients describe feeling relaxed yet energized after a Shiatsu massage. Please note: Shiatsu is done fully clothed. Please wear loose fitting or yoga type clothing to this appointment.




Originated in china, reflexology is a form of massage that involves applying pressure to points on the feet or hands that practitioners believe are associated with specific organs of the body. The theory is that by stimulating these areas of the hands and feet, one can promote better overall health. While the medical benefits have never been proven, there's little question that a reflexology massage can alleviate pain as well as be a very relaxing and pleasurable experience.


Myofacial Release


"Myo" means muscle, and "fascia" means bandage or girdle. Fascia is a connective tissue which runs continuously throughout our entire body like a three-dimensional web. It is not only running through our muscles, but also our bones, organs, vessels and skin. Fascia is, in reality, what gives us our shape and holds everything together. If you looked at the body as just a muscular system or skeletal system without fascia, you would see a pile of muscles and bones.


MFR incorporates gentle hands-on techniques, usually with a sustained pressure. The pressure can range from very light to deep. Some techniques might include traction or movement of a body part or the entire body. A skilled MFR therapist learns to feel the restrictions and apply pressure in the appropriate direction and depth until they release. Release opens up the tight or stuck places in the facial system, kind of like lubricating a rusty spring. As the lubrication occurs, the body naturally aligns itself in a more healthy state, providing freedom of movement and release of pain.


Lymphatic Massage:


Lymph massage, also known as Lymphatic Drainage, is a gentle, relaxing form of massage that helps the body's lymphatic system get moving again while reinforcing immune function. The lymphatic flow can stagnate for many reasons, such as swelling, chronic inflammation, lack of physical activity, stress, fatigue, emotional shock, age, etc. When lymphatic circulation slows down, the regeneration of cells becomes less effective. This condition allows toxins and proteins to accumulate around the cells, causing cellular oxygenation to decrease and tissue regeneration to diminish.
As a vital component of the body's immune function, the lymphatic system is comprised of several organs (thymus, tonsils, spleen, adenoids), hundreds of lymph nodes, and a multitude of vessels that run throughout the body similar to our circulatory system of veins and arteries. These lymphatic vessels carry a clear fluid, known as lymph, that circulates around the body's tissues, absorbing fluid, waste products, dead cells, bacteria, viruses, fats, and proteins from the tissue as it goes, while also giving passage to immune cells as they're needed.


Lymph nodes are found throughout the body -- including most notably the neck, armpits, and groin -- and have the job of filtering the lymph fluid and removing damaging elements they've picked up along the way, such as bacteria and cancer cells. When the lymph nodes detect these foreign elements in the fluid, they begin producing additional infection-fighting white blood cells, and become enlarged in the process, hence a swollen gland.
If the system gets overtaxed because of ill health, surgery, stress, or poor diet, it can get sluggish and not do its job as efficiently. As a major player in the body's immune process, it makes sense that by waking up the lymphatic system you dramatically improve your chances for staying healthy.




Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. The inhaled aroma from these "essential" oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing. It is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function. There are a wide number of essential oils available, each with its own healing properties


Thai Massage:


Thai Massage is a centuries old style of bodywork that comes from the earliest Thai medicine traditions. It is said to have been established by the Buddha's personal physician who taught medicine throughout Southern Asia. Practitioners use hands, elbows, knees and feet to stretch, compress, knead and twist the client's body. Thai Massage is famous for its use of assisted stretching which resembles yoga postures. This approach can do wonders for mobility. It also uses point pressure along the body's energy lines from ancient Thai tradition which has a relaxing effect similar to acupuncture. The combination of a slow, rhythmic pace for manual pressure and the flow of the assisted stretching makes Thai Massage an excellent therapy for anyone seeking deep tension release. We ask that clients receiving Thai Massage come wearing loose fitting, or athletic clothing. Sessions are performed fully clothed to allow for lots of movement and a variety of body positions.


PNF Stretching 


PNF stretching is currently the fastest and most effective way known to increase flexibility. PNF is an acronym for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. It is not really a type of stretching but is a technique of combining passive stretching and isometric stretching in order to achieve maximum flexibility. The greatest changes in ROM generally occur after the first repetition and in order to achieve more lasting changes in ROM, PNF stretching is most effective when performed once or twice
per week.