With so many different types of massage out there, how do you know which one to pick? All massages provide you with different benefits and are specifically designed to help relieve different conditions and/or aches and pains. Also, don’t underestimate the benefits of “relaxation” massage, almost every health problem out there is made worse by stress. Stress really is the #1 killer in the world
1. Swedish Massage - Often known as “relaxation massage”, this type of massage creates relaxation and ease in your body. Swedish massage involves long, flowing strokes, often towards the direction of the heart. Kneading and circular motions are also used in this type of massage. Swedish massage is not a “light” massage the pressure can be varied to suit your preferences. Massage oils and lotions are used to create a flowing massage session. If you have never gotten a massage before, this type is a great option for you.
2. Hot Stone Massage - Sometimes done in combination with other types of massage, hot stone massage involves using special smooth stones heated to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the patient’s shoulders, back, and body. Hot stones help with circulation, tight muscles, and overall relaxation. The massage therapist may decide to place stones on different areas of your body to relax your muscles with heat. This is a very relaxing and luxurious treatment. Always tell your therapist if anything feels to hot or uncomfortable!
3. Thai Massage - This massage is considered to be one of the most “energizing” massages that you can get. The massage therapist will move and stretch your body into different yoga-type positions, as well as incorporating acupressure and massage techniques. Getting this type massage can help your posture, improve breathing, prevent illnesses, and increase flexibility. Thai massage is usually done fully clothed on a special mat on the floor and can last up to two hours.
4. Reflexology is a form of foot massage that involves applying pressure to points in the feet that are traditionally believed to be associated with certain organs and systems in your body Although it is not proven that reflexology has any specific medical benefits, many people experience increased relaxation, and relief from foot pain.
5. Deep Tissue Massage - This type of massage is for muscles that are strained and over tight. This can be related to chronic pain and posture issues. The massage therapist targets the deep layers of muscles and the connective tissue by using concentrated pressure and shorter strokes. You may feel a bit sore after a deep tissue massage but most people think the benefits are completely worth it.
6. Shiatsu or Acupressure - This type of massage involves using fingers and thumbs to apply pressure to acupressure points to relieve tension and pain. Shiatsu massage is a little more intense than any other massages, but some people think it is more relaxing. With this massage, you aren’t left with any soreness like other massages have been known to do.
Your massage therapist can usually recommend the best massage for your needs, so be sure to ask if you have any questions, and try different services to find your personal favorite.