Types of Massage Therapy

massage-iconKey West Body Works prides itself in being an Evidence Based Practice (EBP). Joseph’s massage therapy practice is based on three essential components. The first component is that he stays current in massage therapy research and gather accurate evidence which he applies to each of his clients treatments. Most important, Joseph always considers the values and needs of the client. Through evidence-based bodywork, Joseph gains results for his clients and through their knowledge, guide clients to the best form of massage therapy treatment for their specific injury or need.

There are many types of massage therapy styles available to you. Joseph encourages you to learn what some of the different types of massage modalities are and their intended uses, but you do not need to determine which type of massage therapy is right for you. When you book a session with Joseph, he can direct you and determine what the best course of action is according to your individual needs.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is based on Swedish massage and uses similar strokes but, unlike Swedish massage, it focuses on all muscle layers from the superficial to the deepest ones. Deep tissue massage is a highly therapeutic and specific massage therapy technique which is very effective in releasing restrictions of the deeper muscles and the underlying connective tissue. Although deep tissue massage can be performed on the whole body, it often focuses on specific affected areas.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a combination of massage strokes and massage therapy techniques combined with flexibility and specific exercise routines geared to increase an athletes performance capabilities. The application of Sports Massage is determined by one’s own specific anatomical and physiological needs.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. If it’s your first time receiving a massage or you dont get massaged every often, Swedish massage is the perfect massage for you. This modality is especially for relaxation, relief of muscular tension, and improvement of circulation and range of motion.


A system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body. Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas that correspond to each and every organ within the body.

Triggerpoint Therapy

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may reduce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger Point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release.

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