8 Methods Of Massage That Will Improve Your Wellbeing
1. Swedish Massage
Swedish massage is the most widely practiced massage method. Based upon western anatomy and physiology rather than the Eastern energy based methods, Swedish massages target problem areas you identify.
There are five basic strokes in Swedish massage therapy: effleurage (long smooth strokes), petrissage (kneading, rolling, and lifting), friction (wringing or small circular movements), tapotement (percussion), and vibration (rocking and shaking movements).
Swedish massage is a type of massage that can be applied to offer full muscle relaxation.
2. Aromatherapy Massage
Based upon the same principles of Swedish massage, aromatherapy massage adds in the sensual properties of plant oils.
The therapist typically uses pre-blended oils to relax, energize, or uplift, depending on the requirements of the client.
Aromatherapy is especially good for curing headaches, insomnia, certain digestive disorders, back pain, and even premenstrual symptoms.
3. Hot Stone Massage
Using pre-heated stones, the massage therapist will hold the basalt rocks while performing the massage.
The heat produced relaxes and loosens the muscles, allowing the therapist to quickly reach muscle tension.
Hot stone massage can be applied to a full range of body parts.
4. Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets muscle knots deep within the layers of muscle.
The therapist will deliberately massage against the grain of the muscle to address pain areas.
Deep tissue massage is especially good for helping relieve chronic areas of pain.
5. Shiatsu Massage
While it’s a Japanese method of massage, Shiatsu has roots in traditional Chinese medicine.
Using their fingers, therapists target specific acupressure areas, holding pressure for between two and eight seconds, improving the flow of energy and balance.
Shiatsu massage is especially effective for targeting arthritis, insomnia, back and neck pain, sciatica, and even sinus problems.
6. Thai Massage
Thai massage is a little bit like assisted yoga. The massage therapist will move and stretch the body in a sequence of postures that aim to realign energy flow.
Applying pressure allows the therapist to reduce pain, improve flexibility and increase the clients range of motion.
Thai massage can reduce muscle pain and is known to help decrease migraine symptoms.
Reflexology is based upon “reflex areas” in the hands and feet that are said to said to be connected to other body parts and organs by energy.
By applying pressure to the reflex points, the reflexologist can balance your nervous system and stimulate endorphins, the body's natural pleasure response, which reduces stress and discomfort.
8. Sports Massage
Sports massages are designed to treat and prevent injuries.
The massage therapist will use faster strokes on softer tissue muscles that the athlete most commonly uses.
This type of massage can help with increased blood flow, increased range of motion, and increased flexibility.
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