Osteopathic massage uses can be targeted to individual structures that may cause problems with the joints and muscles of the spine. The effect of the massage treatment can be enhanced substantially by mechanically stretching and activating the joint structures and the pressure sensing receptors.
Five basic strokes, effleurage, petrissage, rhythmic tapping, friction and vibration are used in classical massage. Each therapist have their own "handwriting", a way to apply these strokes according to the person's needs.
Sports massage relieves stress and tension that accumulates in the body's soft tissues during physical activity. Massage can be used to treat minor injuries and repetitive strain injuries quickly and efficiently. Massage can also help prevent injuries and enhance performance for occasional exercisers and athletes.