The different types of Massage
What is Massage Therapy:
This is an important distinction to make, because if you are really needing relief you don't want to find yourself in a Massage Parlor. A professional treatment center is NOT a parlor, and is usually defined as a Clinic, Spa, Office, or Studio that employs qualified, adequately trained professionals. It is also important to understand that each state has it's own regulations for Massage Therapy, but there are National Certifications that each state recognizes. The nationally recognized and appropriate title for a qualified Massage practitioner is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). Some practitioners still title themselves as "Certified" (CMT) or "Registered," (RMT) and this would indicate that they are properly trained, however this is an outdated practice and it is possible that they may have a very limited or archaic education. Therefore as an educated consumer, it is important for your own health and safety to be aware of what to look for in an establishment and qualified practitioner.
The different Massage Modalities:
Everything that has an asterisk (*) next to it is a Modality that I am personally certified in.
Please note: that technically the term Thai Yoga Massage is another politically incorrect title for this style of massage. It was developed by practitioners (such as Yoga Teachers) who have no professional Massage Training, in order to legally practice this type of treatment. The Thai Massage industry does not have the same kind of government regulation as Massage Therapy, primarily because clients stay clothed during treatments. The term was also influenced by the way this style is described as "Lazy Man's Yoga" because of the passive stretching techniques. Essentially they are the same thing, but one is more true to the traditional practice and the other is a more evolved practice that is primarily about the bodywork and typically does not focus on the energetic anatomy.