Types of Massage Therapy | Boston Bodyworker

Types of Massage Therapy

The Boston Bodyworker is proud to have provided Boston with massage therapy services for nearly 20 years. Established in 1999, our mission was to share the amazing benefits that massage therapy can have on overall health and wellness. We originally coined the term ‘Clinical’ Massage to distinguish ourselves from the more commonly recognized term, Swedish Massage. As much as we believe in the benefit of relaxation, we want to help people understand that massage therapy can be so much more than just relaxation. So we set out to educate, inform, and apply our brand of massage therapy to achieve our ultimate mission; to help our clients Feel Better!


Over these past 20 years, we have seen the demand for alternative therapies increase exponentially. Massage therapy is by far the fastest growing of all of these fields. Massage has been scientifically proven to:

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These are the common clinical massage therapy techniques and how they are commonly applied during your massage. Throughout your clinical massage, your therapist may incorporate more than one of these techniques, as well as other styles of massage therapy, but ultimately, your therapist will be working toward the same goal every time; to make you Feel Better!


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. Deep tissue massage is a highly therapeutic and specific technique that’s effective for releasing restriction in 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. Deep Tissue Massage can be very effective in releasing chronic patterns of tension and restoring structural and functional integrity of musculoskeletal systems. These massages can address dysfunctions relating to stress, prolonged computer work, bad posture, sports or any other type of injuries, excessive athletic training, various orthopedic conditions, and headaches. This type of massage can also address issues related to repetitive overuse of muscle groups, resulting in various syndromes like Repetitive Stress Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Patellofemoral Syndrome and more.
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Orthopedic Massage

Orthopedic massage is set apart from other types of massage because it focuses on integrating a variety of massage techniques in an effort to target and alleviate pain and injuries, as well as soft-tissue dysfunctions within the locomotor system. Four component parts characterize the system of orthopedic massage: orthopedic assessment, matching the physiology of the tissue injury with the physiological effects of treatment, treatment adaptability, and understanding the rehabilitation protocol. Learn more and book your treatment program today.
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Sports Massage

Sports Massage from the Boston Bodyworker is a clinical massage therapy treatment using a combination of massage strokes and techniques as well as flexibility and specific exercise routines, all geared toward increasing an athlete’s performance capabilities. Your specific anatomical and physiological needs are a determining factor in how your massage therapist will apply sports massage therapy and treatment. This is a comprehensive program with a shared responsibility between the sports massage therapist and the athlete.
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Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a highly specialized stretching technique used by therapists to treat patients with a variety of soft tissue problems. When you work with your massage therapist to receive myofascial release treatments, you’ll be working to release tension in your muscles, help with stress in your body, and relieve pain overall. Myofascial release therapy treats these symptoms by releasing the uneven tightness in injured fascia and relieving stress and pain throughout your body.
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Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation techniques that balance the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) with the structure and form of the musculoskeletal system. This technique is based on neurological laws of how the central nervous system maintains homeostatic balance. When you work with your massage therapist with a neuromuscular therapy treatment program, you’ll be sure to feel better and function better, so contact us today to get started.
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Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique (ART), is a treatment system designed to treat dysfunction in your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. In order to treat the soft tissue properly, the practitioner must have an extensive background in the field of anatomy and finely-tuned palpation skills. At Boston Bodyworker, our massage therapists can work with you to provide the treatment you need to help treat soft tissue dysfunction and pain or injuries associated with that dysfunction.
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Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques (MAT)

Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques (MAT) are a massage therapy treatment program designed to assess and correct pain problems in your body that may be associated with aching, stiffness, and other bodily concerns. When you work with your massage therapist to relieve pain, they will assess your needs and determine the program of treatment, and can use myoskeletal alignment techniques to help alleviate and heal your body. Contact us to learn more about myoskeletal alignment techniques and book your assessment with our highly trained massage therapists today!
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Pre/Post Natal Massage Therapy

Massage has been used for centuries in almost every culture to help women through pregnancy and promote faster recuperation from childbirth. After giving birth, the new mother requires as much nurturing and support as her newborn does. Massage can help pregnant women and new mothers deal with the effects of the physical, hormonal, and emotional changes caused by pregnancy and childbirth. If you’re pregnant and looking to alleviate some of your stress, learn more about our pre- and post-natal massage therapies and reach out to us today.
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Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massages frequently can do even more. Unlocking the extraordinary benefits of a consistent treatment program will make you feel years younger, allow you to recover faster from activities, increase your quality of sleep and energy.