In all there are over 400 recognized styles of massage. Here are some:
Aromatherapy, the use of naturally occurring essential oils to enhance treatment. Often used as a treatment in themselves with different oils being applied to different parts of the body. Pure essential oils have great healing properties.
Cranio-Sacral – is a technique for finding and correcting cerebral and spinal imbalances or blockages that may cause sensory, motor or intellectual dysfunction.
Deep Tissue – releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. It is called deep tissue, because it also focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
Lomi-Lomi (Hawaiian) Massage - It is a very deep style, but the emphasis is on soothing, rather than more pointed techniques such as acupressure. The massage is like a Rhythmical dance that gently rocks one into a blissful release of tension.
Myofascial Release – is a form of bodywork that is manipulative in nature and seeks to rebalance the body by releasing tension in the fascia. Long, stretching strokes are utilized to release muscular tension.
Seated or Chair Massage – is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. These chairs most often slope forward allowing access to the large muscles of the back. Chair massage usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and is intended to relax and improve circulation.
Reflexology – massage based around a system of points in the hands and feet thought to correspond, or "reflex," to all areas of the body.
Reiki – is one of the more widely known forms of healing through direct application of Chi
Shiatsu and Acupressure – Oriental-based systems of finger-pressure which treat special points along acupuncture "meridians" (the invisible channels of energy flow in the body).
Sports Massage – massage therapy focusing on muscle systems relevant to a particular sport.
Swedish Massage – a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints.
Trigger Point Therapy (also known as Myotherapy or Neuromuscular Therapy) – applies concentrated finger pressure to "trigger points" (painful irritated areas in muscles) to break cycles of spasm and pain.