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A lot of people have heard of massage therapy, but many do not realize it's a particular type of therapy. Many tend to confuse massage with pedicure or manicure. However, there are significant differences between these kinds of therapy. In pedicure and manicure, the focus is more on removing the nail polish and making the cuticle easy - that doesn't really apply to massage. Trigger point massage is a much more targeted approach, focusing directly on releasing painful trigger points in the body, which can lead to chronic pain and emotional stress. Trigger point massage targets the tightest areas of the body (most often the lower back and neck), helping to improve mobility, posture, and range of movement. While nearly all massage isn't painful, some may be. If you're getting a massage in a professional facility, the masseuse can use massage oil or a lubricant in order to reduce the sensation that can come with some types of massage. Lying down is usually recommended so you do not risk triggering the knots that can cause pain.