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Everyone Needs To Know These 8 Best Types Of Massages

Just a simple touch gives comfort to body this is how a proper massage at proper point will gives more relief and comfort. As we all know massage is believed to be one of the oldest types of therapies, it has been around for thousands of years. Using a method of stroking, rubbing and kneading techniques, it can provide many mental as well as physical benefits. But with so many massage techniques available, how do you decide which therapy is right for you? Here get some basic information about these 8 types of massage.

  • Swedish Massage
  • Thai Massage
  • Aromatherapy Massages
  • Hot stone Massage
  • Deep Tissues Massage
  • Shiatsu Massage
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Reflexology Massage

Swedish massage

Swedish massage is the most common form of massage therapy practiced throughout the United States. Swedish massage incorporates five major types of techniques: effleurage (gliding movements), petrissage (kneading movements), tapotement (gentle drumming or pounding movements), vibration, and friction. Swedish massage is typically done on a massage table, with the recipient dressed down and covered with drapes.

Thai Massage

A Thai massage is just what you need for overall health and rejuvenation. Also known as the “lazy massage”, Thai massages use a combination of acupressure, yoga positions and Indian Ayurveda methods. As one of the most invigorating massages, the therapist rigorously manipulates the client’s body with yoga-like stretches. They use every part of their body to not only stretch but also apply pressure on acupuncture points to loosen tightened muscles and relieve joint pain—get ready to even get walked on! Thai massages use an effective technique called the block and release of blood flow. This involves applying pressure particularly to the area where the torso meets the legs and arms. Once the therapist releases the pressure, you feel a wave of heat as the blood rushes to the limbs. This massage, however, is done on a mat on the floor—fully clothed.

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy is an healing treatment that uses fragrance and aromas of oils derived from a wide variety of healing plants. Also known as Essential Oil therapy because the extracts contain the “essence” or odor of the plant, it’s considered a form of naturopathy.  Once we inhale the aroma, it reaches our brain and produces a nerve impulse to which our body responds positively. This makes it ideal for maintaining a healthy respiratory system.  The therapeutic action of the essential oils when brought together with the revitalizing effects of massage stimulate all of the organs in the body, plus the skin, muscles, nerves and glands. The increased circulation of the blood and lymph flow also assists with the clearing away of body toxins. Aromatherapy can help to lift depression, soothe irritable nerves and generally encourage a better state of mind thus essential oils can influence our emotions too.

Hot stone Massage

Hot stone massage works for those who want deep relaxation and comfort. The soothing warmth provided by these stones is for those who tend to feel chilly. As muscles are relaxed with the heat of stones, the therapist can work deeper while applying lighter pressure. This massage therapy is beneficial for people with the following conditions:

  • Back pain
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Deep Tissues Massage

This massage is aimed to treat deeper tissue structures of muscle and fascia. A deep tissue massage is a more focused massage in aim to improve muscular function by allowing muscles to move more freely. Chronic muscle tension caused by injury or overuse can cause painful adhesions to build up preventing movement. The deep tissue massage breaks down adhesions and restores range of movement by applying pressure and frictions across muscle fibres, If you want to release muscle tension, improve circulation and aid pain relief then this massage isright for you.

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is the Japanese version. In Shiatsu, 'Shi' is finger, and 'atsu' is pressure. In shiatsu therapy, pressure with thumbs, hands, elbows, knees or feet is applied to pressure points on the body. This form of massage also focuses on rotating and stretching limbs, joints, and pressure points, or meridians, as they’re called in traditional Chinese medicine. Restore and maintain the body’s energy, especially helpful to those suffering from fatigue and overall weakness also Improves circulation with many more benefits.

Prenatal Massage

In this massage a therapist make sure the mother is comfortable and safe. To ensure this, you will most likely not lay on your stomach or back, neither of which is comfortable during pregnancy. Instead, you will lay on your side, and may be offered a pillow for support. Many expectant mamas turn to massage therapy during pregnancy to soothe sore, achy muscles and relax before baby arrives.

Reflexology Massage

Reflexology is a form of alternative massage therapy that’s based on the premise that various reflex points, or “trigger points,” on the feet correspond to specific organs and/or muscles in the human body. By applying a certain amount of pressure on these points, a trained reflexologist can activate your body’s healing process so it can naturally restore a healthy balance. More specifically, the benefits of foot reflexology include:

  • Improved blood circulation.
  • Relief from colds.
  • Healthier internal organs.
  • Relief from postoperative pain and chemotherapy.

These are the different form of massages available at many spas resorts etc.  Feel free to ask as many questions to your therapist as you need before and during your choosing massage as you already know different massage has its own benefits and characteristics. Be open about your comfort level, your goals and your expectations.