You may be very limited in your knowledge of the types of massage that are available. The many different techniques that are available all contribute to easing pain, stress and tension in a variety of different ways. Below, nine of the most common forms of massage are explained to give you a little more insight into just how they work and what may or may not be right for you.
Swedish Massage – Arguable the most common form of massage. Swedish massage is known most notably for its ability to bring the body into a state of relaxation, calm and complete comfort. This is the most basic of the forms and is usually the first massage technique that therapists learn. Swedish Massage does not involve deep tissue or layers but is reserved to the upper most layers of the skin and muscle. Perfect for anyone wanting a light but effective massage.
Sports Massage– Typically used to treat the injuries that are often associated with various sports related injuries or ailments. This type of massage is effective in preventing sports related injuries as well as treating them. One of the best benefits of Sports Massage is found in the fact that muscles and ligaments may be stretched and lengthened during these sessions which can help drastically in sports performance, flexibility and balance.
Deep Tissue Massage– This type of massage is performed more deeply upon the muscle and tissue compared to other types for when muscle pain is well below the surface, and knots need to be eradicated in order for the muscle to be fully functional. Due to the nature of this massage, it is very beneficial in treating various types of chronic pain.
Reflexology– Generally focused on the feet and lower leg area, reflexology is based upon the acupressure points that reside in the foot. The belief is that stimulation and massage on these points will connect with various points throughout the body, relieving tension, stress and pain.
Spa Therapies– As the name would suggest this massage is found in spas and resorts. It may be a combination of other types of massage and combine other elements that are being used in the spa. These may include aromatherapy, deep tissue, reflexology, hydrotherapy, and much more.
Thai Massage– Sometimes referred to as Thai Yoga Massage, this form of massage combines many of the stretching poses of yoga with deep, vigorous massage techniques for extreme relaxation, flexibility and stability.
Shiatsu – Otherwise known as Japanese Massage, Shiatsu uses the same pressure points as Chinese Acupressure and Acupuncture to perform deep tissue bodywork.
Hot Stone Massage – By using hot or heated stones that are placed on certain points on the body, the heat from the stones relaxes tight and tense muscles and is believed to bring balance to the body and mind.
Pregnancy or Prenatal Massage– Used to help promote circulation, relaxation, and reduce stress in expectant mothers.
Consult your primary care physician for any medical related advice.
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