Massage therapists practice a variety of techniques, and as a whole, the massage profession is diverse in the types of hands-on health care it makes available to massage clients.

The fourth annual Massage Profession Research Report, released recently by the American Massage Therapy Association, described the techniques practiced by massage therapists today and compared the use of those techniques today with their use in 2006:

• Swedish massage: 88 percent (up from 76 percent in 2006)

Deep-tissue massage: 84 percent (up from 66 percent in 2006)

• Trigger-point therapy: 55 percent (up from 35 percent in 2006)

• Sports massage: 53 percent (up from 32 percent in 2006)

• Neuromuscular therapy: 38 percent (up from 29 percent in 2006)

Myofascial release: 52 percent (up from 28 percent in 2006)

• Reflexology: 47 percent (up from 28 percent in 2006)

• Chair massage: 62 percent (up from 32 percent in 2006)

• Hot stone techniques: 53 percent (up from 39 percent in 2006)

• Prenatal/Pregnancy massage: 53 percent (up from 28 percent in 2006)

• Therapeutic Touch: 20 percent (up from 17 percent in 2006)


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