Massages are not only historically significant within various cultures, but they also provide many wonderful health benefits. With that being said, there are a wide range of massage techniques available and each one can meet a variety of needs. The following is a list of some of the most popular massage techniques offered and their overall health benefits:
1. Swedish Massage
When you ask people to name a type of massage, Swedish massage is often the first one that comes to mind. This one is very easy to find, as most registered massage therapists offer it. This style starts off with broad strokes that become small and more centralized so they can deal with an area of concern.
This is an excellent option for those looking to benefit from muscle relaxation. If you happen to be recovering from some sort of accident or injury, a Swedish massage can aid in relaxation, recovery and flexibility.
2. Shiatsu Massage
Shiatsu massage is also quite popular and features much more specific pressure in certain areas of concern. Typically, the therapist will use their elbows, fingers, and hands to ensure the best results. The therapist will apply pressure to the specific point and hold that pressure for up to eight seconds.
This style of massage is meant to help with neck pain and back pain, arthritis pain, sinus issues, sciatica, and even insomnia. It is able to improve* the person’s flow of energy, which results in them feeling more balanced and energetic. If you have digestive issues, this can also be a helpful form of massage.
3. Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage uses much more pressure as it is meant to get through the layers of muscle and right to the connective tissue. This one is ideal for chronic pain, injuries, and repetitive strain such as carpal tunnel syndrome. A deep tissue massage is not meant to be a relaxing massage, rather it is much more intense and therefore can be much more effective in dealing with various issues.
4. Hot Stone Massage
Sometimes, you do not necessarily need to have an injury or significant issue, rather tight muscles. This is when a hot stone massage can be incredibly effective. Hot stones are used by the therapist as their massage tools. The heat from the stones is able to relax and loosen up your muscles rather quickly.
Keep in mind that some people shouldn’t have this style of massage, such as those with heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and varicose veins. If you fit into any of these categories, it is best to speak to your doctor first.
5. Reflexology Massage
Reflexology is a really interesting type of massage that does not often get the credit it deserves. It involves using specific pressure techniques on the person’s feet. Pressure is applied to reflex areas on the feet, and sometimes hands, in order to address various health issues. Everything from digestive issues, to migraines, to back pain, and much more can be addressed through reflexology. At the same time, this type of massage can be extremely relaxing.
6. Thai Massage
If you are looking for a really unique form of massage, look no further than Thai massage. This one is described as combining stretching, assisted yoga moves, and traditional pressing massage techniques. The therapist is the one doing all the stretching and movements for you, so you can just relax. You will usually lie down on the floor on a mat while the therapist uses their body to get you into the proper positions.
As far as the health benefits associated with this type of massage, it is excellent for helping with muscle spasticity, back pain, helping to restore a person’s balance, and to get rid of tension headaches. Many states that it also helps to increase* the person’s flexibility, range of motion, and can even increase* a person’s energy.
7. A Wide Range of Health Benefits
As you can see, there are many health benefits associated with the different types of massages. Depending on your needs, you might require the use of a variety of massages. Make sure you are aware of the benefits of each massage technique and see your doctor to see if it is appropriate for your health needs or conditions.
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