Massage therapy: simply giving muscles and ligaments a nice, firm rubdown while listening to ambient sounds, right? Actually, that could not be further from the truth. People new to massage therapy don’t often recognize the many different techniques and their nuances. The disciplines of massage therapy are as varied as the people who enjoy them every single day. In the following paragraphs, we will highlight some of the best known massage therapy styles. Swedish Massage Swedish massage is probably the most popular massage technique worldwide. This massage therapy style relies on 5 different types of “strokes”. This strokes include effeurage (sliding/gliding) petrissage (kneading), friction, tapotement (rhythmic tapping) and shaking. Swedish.