What is Massage Therapy?

Perhaps you’ve had a professional massage before.  You’ve likely noticed the difference between a professional massage and that time your friend rubbed your shoulders when you were tense.  What’s the difference between a good shoulder rub, and a professional massage?

Massage therapy (as defined by the Medical Dictionary) is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body.   There are many types of massage therapy – referred to as modalities.

There are two fundamental types of massage categories:

  • Rehabilitative, which can be referred to as deep tissue, medical, or clinical massage; and
  • Relaxation, also known as Swedish massage.

At Body Therapy Massage & Spa, all of our appointments are classified as “Therapeutic” because we believe in the therapy portion of massage.  However, you get to decide with your Massage Therapist on an appointment-by-appointment basis what type of therapeutic massage you need.  You might decide you need the emotional benefits of a relaxing Swedish massage.  You might need the rehabilitative benefits of massage while training for a marathon.  You are the expert in your body’s needs, we are the experts in using massage therapy to accomplish your goals.

Where Science Meets Art

Professional massage therapists must be licensed to practice in the state of Michigan.  Licensing requirements include 500 hours of training, with at least 200 hours in massage and bodywork assessments and practice.  Following training and education, they must pass their license examination.

Our team of therapists see massage beyond the science – they also recognize the necessity to include an intuitive art.  They blend their knowledge of the function of the body with their artful reading of each client’s unique circumstances.  When the two meet – excellence follows.