There are so many different types of massage out there, you may not be aware which is best for your needs. In this blog, we will go over the most popular types of massage so you can assess which one would be best for you.
One of the most common types of massage is Swedish massage. Swedish massage is the foundation of many other types of massage, and is based on anatomy and physiology. Depending on what your goals are for massage, the strokes used may be gentle or more vigorous. During all Swedish massages, your massage therapist will use massage oil to manipulate the skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments to release tension. Swedish massage is a great choice if you have never received a massage before.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage uses many similar techniques to Swedish massage, with a focus on the deeper tissue of your muscles. The goal of deep tissue massage is to release the tension or knots in your body. This means that the pressure is generally more intense, and it can be uncomfortable, though it shouldn’t be painful. Pain makes your muscles tense, which is counterproductive to your massage, so it is important to communicate with your masseuse if the massage gets too intense. Deep tissue massage is best for people who have a lot of muscle tension.
Relaxation massages also use the same techniques as Swedish massage, but in contrast, tend to be slower and gentler than other massages. The massage therapist uses lighter pressure and a slower pace because the primary goal of a relaxation massage is, unsurprisingly, to relax you. The therapist will not get into underlying muscle tension like deep tissue massage does because that can be uncomfortable. A relaxation massage is best for newcomers or people who just want to unwind and de-stress with their massage.
Medical massage is used to treat health conditions. There is no one technique for it; instead, the massage therapist alters the techniques and movements used based on the specific health condition of the client. Most of the time, you need a prescription for a medical massage to ensure that your insurance will cover it. Medical massage is a wonderful option for people with chronic illnesses, particularly those that involve chronic pain.
Sports massage is a type of massage that was specifically designed to help athletes keep their bodies in optimal condition and to prevent injuries. Sports massage is performed before a competition to prime the body, during a competition for added support, and after to aid in muscle recovery. While this type of massage was designed for athletes, you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage. Anyone who lives with chronic pain, injury, or has issues with their range of motion can benefit from sports massage.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage originated centuries ago, but became popular in its latest form in the early 1990s. During a hot stone massage, the massage therapist uses round, smooth, warm stones as an extensions of their hands. They may rub the stones on your body, or strategically place them on pressure points. The stones warm up your muscles, making it a very relaxing activity. If you have tight muscles, a hot stone massage may help reduce your tension and allow the therapist to work more deeply in your muscles.
Now that you know the most popular types of massages, you can select which one is best for you.
Whatever type of massage is best for your needs, Medical & Sports Massage Inc. can provide. Contact our massage therapists today to schedule an appointment.