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Massage Therapy Glossary

Welcome to Everyday Bliss where we are passionate about empowering you to achieve everyday bliss through personalized massage therapy and wellness practices. This glossary serves as your guide to understanding the terminology used in massage therapy and related modalities. As you delve into these definitions, feel free to explore the benefits of massage and discover how it can enhance your health and well-being.


This ancient healing art, rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), applies pressure to specific points on the body (acupressure points) believed to be connected to energy meridians. By stimulating these points, acupressure aims to restore energy flow (qi) throughout the body, promoting relaxation, pain relief, and improved overall health.


The therapeutic use of essential oils extracted from plants plays a vital role in enhancing the massage experience. These potent oils, inhaled or applied topically, can evoke feelings of relaxation, improve mood, and address various health concerns like anxiety and muscle tension. At Everyday Bliss, we use only the highest-quality essential oils to create a holistic and personalized experience.

Chair Massage:

Chair massage – also known as seated massage – is a type of massage that takes place on a traditional massage chair, designed to take the weight off the spine and give easy access to the head, neck, back, shoulders, and arms. It is a great option for clients with mobility issues or locations where regular massage may not be an option due to privacy or space constraints.

Chronic Pain:

This persistent pain condition often lasts for longer than 3 months and can significantly impact your daily life. Massage therapy can be a valuable tool in managing chronic pain. Specific techniques can help to reduce muscle tension, improve circulation, and promote relaxation, offering some relief and improving your quality of life.

Connective Tissue:

This intricate network of fibrous tissues provides structure and support to your entire body. It surrounds muscles, organs, and other structures, and plays a crucial role in maintaining mobility and flexibility. Massage therapy techniques can target connective tissue to help improve its elasticity and range of motion, leading to a more limber and pain-free you.

Deep Tissue Massage:

This combination of massage techniques targets deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Deep tissue massage is ideal for relieving chronic muscle tension, knots, and pain, promoting better range of motion, and improving athletic performance. Our massage therapists will communicate with you throughout the session to ensure a comfortable and therapeutic experience.


This web-like connective tissue surrounds and connects your muscles, organs, and other structures throughout the body. Fascia plays a crucial role in maintaining proper function and movement. Restricted or tight fascia can contribute to pain and movement limitations. Massage therapy techniques can help to improve fascial mobility, reduce pain, and enhance your overall well-being.

Gua Sha:

This traditional healing technique from TCM involves scraping the skin with a smooth-edged tool to improve blood circulation and alleviate pain. Gua Sha is believed to break down stagnant energy (sha) trapped beneath the skin’s surface and promote healing. While some redness may appear after treatment, it usually fades within a few days.

Hot Stone Massage:

This deeply relaxing and therapeutic massage technique utilizes smooth, heated Basalt stones placed on specific points on your body. The warmth from the stones penetrates deep into your muscles, promoting relaxation, improving circulation, and relieving muscle tension. Hot stone massage is an excellent choice for those seeking to ease stress, melt away tension, and experience a luxurious spa experience.

Lomi Lomi:

This Hawaiian massage modality uses long, gliding strokes with forearms and hands to soothe sore muscles and promote blood circulation throughout your body. This modality also uses warmed oil to create a relaxing, calming experience.


This term refers to the various massage techniques a therapist can utilize to create a customized treatment plan for your individual needs. At Everyday Bliss, we offer a variety of modalities, including Swedish massage, therapeutic massage, trigger point therapy, connective tissue massage, lymphatic massage, and aromatherapy massage. Our therapists will discuss your goals and preferences to recommend the most suitable modalities for your needs.

Muscle Knots:

These tight, contracted areas within muscle tissue can be a source of pain and discomfort, often limiting your range of motion. Massage therapy techniques like trigger point therapy can help to break down these knots, improve blood flow to the area, and alleviate pain. By addressing muscle knots, massage therapy can enhance your flexibility and overall well-being.


This essential assessment technique involves the therapist using their hands to assess muscle tone, and tissue texture, and identify areas of tension or pain. Palpation allows the therapist to tailor the massage treatment to your needs and ensure a safe and effective session.

Paraffin Wax Treatment:

This treatment involves dipping hands or feet in warm paraffin wax. The wax has a double benefit: it retains heat, provides a deeply soothing sensation, and helps to soften and hydrate the skin. Paraffin wax treatments are often used to alleviate pain and stiffness in the hands and feet, and can also be a delightful addition to a pampering spa experience.

Pressure Points:

Specific points on the body are believed to correspond with organs, systems, or energy meridians in various massage techniques like acupressure and reflexology. Applying pressure to these points is thought to stimulate healing, promote relaxation, and improve overall well-being. While the science behind pressure points is still evolving, many people find them to be effective in managing pain and promoting relaxation.

Prenatal Massage:

This specialized massage technique is tailored for expecting mothers. Our therapists use gentle strokes, positioning modifications, and specific pressure tailored to accommodate the pregnant body. Prenatal massage can help alleviate common pregnancy discomforts like back pain, swelling, and anxiety, promoting relaxation and improved sleep.

Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT):

These qualified healthcare professionals have undergone comprehensive training in massage therapy techniques, anatomy, and physiology. LMTs are required to meet specific licensing standards to practice massage therapy and are bound by a strict code of ethics. At Everyday Bliss, we are proud to work with a team of highly skilled and experienced LMTs who are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality massage therapy care. Interested in becoming a massage therapist? Learn more:

Lymphatic Massage:

Lymphatic drainage massage, also known as manual lymphatic drainage, relieves swelling resulting from medical treatment or illness that blocks your lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage massage involves gently manipulating specific areas of your body to help lymph move to an area with working lymph vessels.

Sports Massage:

This focused massage technique is designed for athletes and active individuals. Sports massage can help improve flexibility and range of motion, enhance performance, and promote faster recovery after exercise. Our massage therapists can tailor techniques to address specific needs, whether you’re preparing for a competition or recovering from an injury.


This state of physical, mental, or emotional tension can arise from various demands and pressures in life. Massage therapy can be a powerful tool for managing stress. By promoting relaxation, reducing muscle tension, and improving circulation, massage therapy can help you cope with the effects of stress to promote a sense of calm and well-being. At Everyday Bliss, we understand the impact of stress on your overall health. Our massage therapists can tailor your treatment to help you manage stress effectively.


Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage that utilizes the hands, thumb, or other body parts, to apply pressure on various points or energy channels in the body. It is performed through loose clothing and does not use oils. It is believed that health occurs when the body’s energy flows unobstructed. When it becomes deficient or blocked, symptoms such as body pain, headaches, and digestive issues arise.

Swedish Massage:

This classic and widely used massage technique is popular for those seeking relaxation and stress relief. Swedish massage utilizes long, smooth strokes, kneading, percussion, and vibration to promote relaxation, improve circulation, and increase flexibility. It’s a gentle and effective technique suitable for people of all ages and activity levels.

Trigger Point Therapy:

This targeted massage technique focuses on applying pressure to specific points in a muscle that are believed to be associated with pain being referred from another area. By applying pressure and techniques to deactivate these trigger points, massage therapy can provide relief from chronic pain and improve your range of motion.

Thai Yoga Massage:

This ancient massage practice from Thailand incorporates acupressure, stretching, and yoga-like movements to improve flexibility, relieve muscle tension, and enhance energy flow. Thai massage is performed on a mat while you wear loose clothing, offering a unique and revitalizing experience.


This holistic approach to health emphasizes physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Massage therapy is a valuable tool in promoting overall wellness. By reducing stress, improving circulation, and alleviating pain, massage therapy can enhance your physical health. Additionally, the relaxation and sense of calm it fosters can contribute to improved mental and emotional well-being.

At Everyday Bliss, we believe in creating a personalized wellness experience that supports your journey toward a healthier, happier you.

Everyday Bliss is committed to providing you with the information and resources you need to achieve everyday bliss.

Contact us today at 1(262)781-8102 or book now to schedule your massage appointment and experience the benefits of massage therapy!