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Massage therapists often use terms that you haven’t encountered before. Knowing a few key terms that they use could help you decide which professional massage therapy parlor you want to visit.

  • Deep Tissue Massage – Deep tissue massage targets connective tissues and muscles that lie underneath your primary muscles. When performed by a certified therapist, deep tissue techniques can improve muscle health, relieve pain, and prevent stress.
  • Swedish Massage – This technique is also known as classic massage. It uses five different approaches to preventing muscle and joint pain. It has also been noted for preventing pain in patients with osteoarthritis.
  • Thai Massage – Thai techniques that therapists have learned in school, use yoga to relieve stress and improve muscle health. Therapists that have taken classes in southern Thai massage use acupressure while those that have attended schools that emphasize northern techniques use more stretching.
  • Physical Therapy – physical therapy can combine a variety of massage styles to meet the needs of people with injuries. Physical therapy might also use equipment to encourage muscle development and recovery. Therapists might, for instance, use inflatable balls to exercise foot muscles and improve balance. Massage parlors do not always offer the same level of therapeutic service. Physical therapists are certified to work in health care facilities.
  • Well Being – Many therapists say that physical therapy techniques can improve one's overall health and well being. This often refers to the relaxing effects of massage. Some therapists offer full body services that are designed to improve overall well being, while others concentrate on specific body parts, like the foot or neck, to help clients recover from stress and sports injuries.
    Well Kneaded Massage
    Our massage therapist in the local Pickens area provide a natural relief from chronic pain and discomfort. There are endless benefits to therapeutic massages, so see what they can do for you!
    American Medical Massage Association
    Our association is dedicated to promoting medical massage treatment as its own profession and part of the medical field. Look through our directory to find medical massage services near you.
    Massage Therapy Foundation
    Evanston, IL 60201
    Your source for the most experienced massage therapists around the country to help you relieve stress or any other ailment you may have. Try it today and experience the natural benefits!
    American Massage Therapy Association
    Evanston, IL 60201
    Our nationwide association represents all massage therapists, students, and schools. If you're looking to get into the industry or find a school to start your career, turn to our association first.
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    Easley Therapeutic Massage
    1000 S 5th St, Easley, SC 29640
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    (864) 306-0336
    User Review: "Wendy has helped me for over 5 yrs.Now. When I have back pain ,she is the one to call for help.She knows her stuff she..."
    Spa by Cheri
    508 S B St, Easley, SC 29640
    Why go to several different places when you can get a massage, a mani, and a pedi all in the same place. Our sole goal is to pamper you from head to toe!
    (864) 607-6051
    Natural Health Spa
    3 N Texas Ave, Greenville, SC 29611
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    (864) 269-0106
    User Review: "Nice staff, very comfortable, hawaiian chair is very relaxing also! I highly recommend it." - bill (SC)
    Avalon Bodyworks
    122 E 1st Ave, Easley, SC 29640
    (864) 850-3400
    Bodyworks Therapeutic Massage
    51 S Commerce St, Liberty, SC 29657
    (864) 843-2028
    Soothing Massage Therapy
    1508 Old Seneca Rd, Central, SC 29630
    (864) 557-0001
    One Spa
    101 Commons Way, Greenville, SC 29611
    (864) 269-8773
    Ther Massage Serenity
    129 Commons Way, Greenville, SC 29611
    (864) 349-5140
    Greenville Massage
    600 E North St, #205, Greenville, SC 29601
    Our massage therapists are eager to restore your mind, body and spirit using. We feature Ashiatsu deep tissue, Swedish or a sports therapy massages. Across from Bi-Lo Center in downtown.
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    (864) 449-6252
    User Review: "Usually ladies don't have the strength to do a deep tissue massage, but the massage therapists at greenville massage of sc..." - Glen (SC)
    Blissful Massage Therapy LLC
    12 E Stone Ave, Greenville, SC 29609
    (864) 386-1918
    Stress Away
    3113 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC 29609
    (864) 241-1152
    Blue Ridge Sports & Therapeutic Massage
    412 Pettigru St Ste C, Greenville, SC 29601
    (864) 271-0442
    Alternative Health Therapies
    160 Kokomo Way, Seneca, SC 29672
    (864) 638-0500
    Outcall Massage
    209 N Main St, Greenville, SC 29601
    Best independent relaxation providers in the industry, offering the following services, including out call and in call massage, Swedish massage, and relaxation massage. We also do sports, Thai, and deep tissue massage.
    (864) 735-8714
    Holistic Healer The
    1 Logan St, Greenville, SC 29601
    (864) 770-5732

    Sometimes the stress of the day becomes too much and your muscles tighten to the point of pain or immobilization. When this happens, you need to seek out a massage therapy parlor, where certified therapists will know exactly how to get your body back to a state of well being. The art of massage has been a physical healing tool since at least 2700 BC. The Chinese book The Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine from that time promotes the massage of skin and flesh as a good health practice. We know this form of therapy was present in other Asian cultures as well as practiced in ancient Egypt. The therapeutic practice continued to move west, taking root in Greece and Rome around 100 BC, before finally hitting the bulk of Europe in the 1600s AD. In the 1800s, Swedish physician Per Henrik Ling developed a method of massage and medical gymnastics to relieve tension, but no real advancements in the physical therapy came about until the 20th century in America. The wellness boom has breathed new life into natural healing methods and more folks are going to school to become therapists. In these schools, students take classes to learn muscle relaxation techniques, like hot oil or stone therapy, full body, or deep tissue. The students learn what parts of the body are connected to the muscles of the foot, how to stretch a body properly for the Thai method, and how not to damage an unborn child during a pregnancy session. Many therapists who finish classes go on to work in parlors and spas, though some venture into sports medicine where foot and back therapy are especially important.
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