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Types of Massage Techniques; Which One Is Best for You?

Types of Massage Techniques; Which One Is Best for You?

Whether you want to ease the muscle tension or have a better sleep, massage therapy will help you achieve that. Massage is the use of pressure to manipulate the soft tissue and muscle and ease stiffness and tension. Our licensed massage therapists and chiropractors use a variety of massage techniques to manipulate your muscles and relieve pain. Each massage technique offers different benefits. After proper assessment, the massage therapist will choose the appropriate technique, which includes:

  1. Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is ideal for beginners. People with touch sensitivity or have mild to moderate muscle tension can also benefit from the Swedish massage.

This massage technique uses a combination of movements such as kneading, vibration and tapping, deep, circular motions, joint movements, and long strokes. A typical Swedish massage lasts for 60 to 90 minutes, and you are required to remove part of your clothes.

  1. Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is effective for treating musculoskeletal issues like sports injuries and strains. The massage therapist will use slow deep strokes to manipulate the inner muscle layers and connective tissues.

This massage technique helps to break down the scar tissue that forms after an injury. Plus, it relieves tension and increases blood flow, which in turn speeds up the healing process.

Although the deep strokes used are intense, you shouldn’t feel any pain or soreness after the session. A deep tissue massage session can last between 60 and 90 minutes.

  1. Rolfing 

Rolfing is a holistic method of manipulating your soft tissues and fascia to help the body attain its natural balance in movement. It is believed the body can heal itself and correct the existing imbalance if natural body balance is achieved.

Although similar to deep tissue massage, Rolfing is different because the technique is used on the entire body, not just the specific area you feel pain. The goal of Rolfing is to attain proper body posture so that it will be able to rectify any structural imbalances that cause pain.

  1. Thai Massage

Thai massage technique uses a series of movements such as twisting and stretching to relieve muscle tension. Thai therapy similar to yoga stretching, so dress comfortably.

Thai massage is ideal for people who want to improve circulation, flexibility, and energy levels.

  1. Sports massage

Sports massage is ideal for people who suffer from repetitive muscle injury. You can have the massage pre—or post-performance or during training. The therapist will use different forms of movements such as kneading, stroking, stretching, trigger point, friction, and vibration.

Having regular sports massage will help you have increased flexibility, muscle tension and spasms, and better sleep.

  1. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy or essential oil massage is for emotional healing and improving your mood. The massage can also help to reduce stress and anxiety, relieve pain, and muscle tension. The massage therapist combines soft and gentle pressure hand movements with essential oils.

  1. Shiatsu massage

With shiatsu massage therapy, the therapist will use the fingers, thumbs, and palms to apply pressure on the body. Shiatsu helps to promote calmness and relaxation, relieve stress, depression, and anxiety, and reduce muscle tension.

The therapist can use the technique on the whole body or a specific area that needs extra attention.

  1. Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage helps with muscle tension and pain. The technique is similar to Swedish massage, but the therapist will use hot stones instead of hands.

The massage therapy will help to improve blood flow, ease muscle tension, alleviate pain, and promote relaxation. At times the therapist can combine both the Swedish and hot stones.

  1. Trigger Points Massage

The therapist can recommend trigger points massage if you have chronic pain, injuries, or stiffness of the trigger points.

The massage technique can be used on the whole body, with a specific focus on tense and stiff areas.

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Massage therapy is effective whether you want to improve muscle flexibility or for injury rehabilitation. Visit Just for The Health of It for your massage treatment.

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