mas•sage  [muh-sahzh, -sahj or, especially Brit., mas-ahzh] – noun
1. the act or art of treating the body by rubbing, kneading, patting, or the like, to stimulate circulation, increase suppleness, relieve tension, etc....

Massage therapy is one of the oldest healing arts that has been practiced for thousands of years. Today you can choose from a multitude of therapy styles with a wide variety of pressures, movements, and techniques. These all involve pressing, rubbing, or manipulating muscles and other soft tissues with hands and fingers, and sometimes even forearms, elbows, or feet.

Benefits of massage therapy:
• Promotes overall health and well-being
• Simple relaxation and stress control
• Help muscle strains, aids healing after a sports injury
• Relieve blockages at acupressure points
• Relieve depression and anxiety

Before you can decide which massage style is best for you, you need to ask yourself two simple questions.
Do you simply want a massage for relaxation and stress control?
Or do you need symptom relief or help with a certain health condition?

Before booking a massage, let us know what you’re looking for. We can also customize your massage, depending on your age, condition, or any special needs or goals you have.

What follows is a list of massage therapy styles offered through fitPERU.



This is the most common type of massage therapy. Utilizes long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.



Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Utilizes slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle.

Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.



Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians.

Each point is held for for two to eight seconds to improve the flow of energy and help the body regain balance.

People are normally pleasantly surprised when they try shiatsu for the first time. It is relaxing yet the pressure is firm, and there is usually no soreness afterwards.



Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one-it’s also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn’t on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance.

A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.



This technique is used to help loosen muscles and increase flexibility.

Remember, massage is more than touch, it's energy!