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Types of Massage and Bodywork
New massage modalities or techniques seem to be emerging every year —a mixture of truly original approaches and close cousins of established techniques. The field is highly segmented and differentiated. Although this trend fits the individualistic nature of the field, it may be a source of confusion to consumers. There are as many as 250 types of massage and bodywork; various techniques use different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement reeducation, application of pressure to specific points and more. ABMP's glossary of some 250 modalities has emerged over our 21 years in this rapidly evolving field. The 20 most common modalities used by ABMP members (listed here in order from most practiced to least) are:

Deep-Tissue Massage
Swedish
Energy
Myofascial
Orthopedic
Craniosacral
Shiatsu
Hot Stone
Trigger Point
Structural
Sports
Reflexology
Onsite
Spa
Aromatherapy
Geriatric
Lymph Drainage
Pregnancy
Rolfing
Hellerwork

The top two modalities —Deep-Tissue Massage and Swedish Massage — account for nearly two-thirds of all massage sessions conducted by ABMP members responding to a 2007 ABMP Membership survey.



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