There are many different types of massage techniques out there, and most, if not all, of them can provide you with wonderful relaxation and health benefits! Here are a few of the most popular techniques to choose from.
Swedish massage is the most common type of massage therapy; its main purpose is to place your body into a wonderful state of relaxation. It can also be used for pain management and injury recovery. When you get a Swedish massage, your therapist will use long, smooth strokes, kneading, and circular motions while also using an oil or lotion. Swedish massage strokes are often performed in the path of your blood moving towards your heart and can be very mild and soothing. If you have never received a massage before, this may be a great first time option for you.
What makes an aromatherapy massage unique is the use of various scented oils which can take care of particular needs. Some of the health conditions aromatherapy massages may help address are issues with the nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, immune, or muscular systems. It can also promote a clear mind, relaxed state, stress relief, and headache alleviation. As you are receiving your massage, the oils will fill the surrounding air and allow you to comfortably breathe them in throughout its duration.
These types of massages include the use of hot stones in order to bring warmth and pressure to various areas around the spine. When you apply heat to tight, sore, or injured areas, it can help release tension, soothe sore muscles, and jumpstart your bodies healing process. The stones can also be used to help your massage therapist knead more deeply to better access your tissues.
Deep tissue massage is another common form of massage techniques; its main purpose is to help alleviate feelings of pain or tightness in the body. Usually such feelings are brought on by injuries or overexertion that has brought strain to your muscles. As the name suggests, deep tissue massages target the deep areas of your muscles in an effort to release muscle tension and remove knots. This is greatly beneficial because stressed muscles in your body can create a blockage that prevents oxygen and nutrients from arriving at their correct destinations, which then creates inflammation and a buildup of toxins in muscles.
Deep tissue massage can also heal any remaining scar tissue from prior injuries. Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques are quite similar except deep tissue techniques will include more pressure and slower strokes.
Sports massage therapy is targeted towards anyone participating in sports or activities of all kinds and at all levels. Whether you are a college athlete or part of a morning jogging group, sports massage could be a great option for you. Sports massage therapy is usually tailored toward the athlete, their specific sport, and whatever issues their activity is causing them. Depending on the sport, there will be certain areas of the body that will likely be over worked and stressed from the recurring motions involved.
Sports massage therapy can also be used prior to your activity to assist with injury prevention and reduce recovery time. Many athletes that utilize sports massage techniques are finding they have increased flexibility, more energy, better endurance, and fewer injuries. Sports massage helps prepare your body for activity by placing it in its best possible performance mode.
We hope this guide will help you know and understand a few of the most popular massage therapy techniques and their benefits. If you have any questions related to the above techniques, structural integration, other types of massage, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Structura, please call us at 801-897-8711.