Which Massage is Right for Me?

People get massages for lots of different reasons – to relax, to recover from an injury, to relieve pain, to improve their performance, and even more. Depending on your reasons for wanting a massage, different types of massage might be better suited to you than others. If you’re wondering which massage is right for you, read on for advice from Moonstone Massage.

For back and neck pain

Tension and pain in the back, neck, and shoulders are very common, especially since a lot of people sit at a desk working all day. Lots of massages can help with this kind of pain and tension. Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Thai massage, and trigger point massage are just a few that can help your pain. If you describe your pain to your massage therapist, they can recommend the best type of massage for your pain.

To relieve stress and anxiety

All massages have beneficial aftereffects that help to relieve both physical and mental stress. But if you’re looking for a nice, relaxing massage, then you might prefer a gentler one as opposed to things like deep tissue massage. Swedish massage is similar to deep tissue, but it usually involves lighter pressure, making it a good one to choose. Hot stone massage is another great relaxing massage. Most people find a cupping massage relaxing, too, although it may feel strange at first.

To recover faster after a workout

Sports massage is often given to athletes to help improve their performance and speed up their recovery in between training sessions or matches. But you don’t have to be an elite athlete to feel the benefits. Sports massage helps to improve blood flow to sore muscles and direct lactic acid out of the muscles, decreasing your muscle soreness the next day.

For injury rehabilitation

Massage for injury recovery should target the affected area specifically. It may also need to treat tension in other areas if your injury has caused you to overcompensate. Sports massage and deep tissue massage are extremely effective at treating certain types of injuries like sprains and strains.

For aches during pregnancy

Pregnancy can put a lot of strain on your body, but some massages will be too strong for the health of your baby. You should get a specific prenatal massage from a therapist who is experienced with this type of massage.

If you’re still unsure what type of massage is right for you, contact us with your questions and we can advise you properly. If you want to book a massage in Winston Salem, you can do so with Moonstone Massage.


6 Things to Know Before You Try Cupping

The term “cupping” may sound strange, but it’s actually an effective and relaxing form of table massage. If you’re completely new to the cupping therapy, then you can read our blog which introduces you to this technique. If you’re already up to speed and are thinking of going for your first treatment, then here are a few things you should know before you go.

It’s a short treatment

If you’re hoping to relax on a massage table for an hour or more, then cupping isn’t the answer. Or, you can combine cupping with another complementary treatment to extend your spa time. The entire treatment tends to last between 10-20 minutes only. It’s perfect if you’re trying to fit a massage treatment into a busy schedule.

It might feel unusual

Having cups suck your skin into a vacuum, unsurprisingly, might feel a little strange. Some people describe it as an uncomfortable feeling, but it should not be painful. Others enjoy the feeling and don’t find it uncomfortable at all.

Not everyone gets those weird marks

You’ve probably seen pictures of people with horrific-looking circular “bruises” as a result of cupping therapy. These aren’t actually bruises but simply a result of the increased blood flow to the area. They shouldn’t hurt like bruises either. These marks will vary from one person to the next. Some will have very light marks that fade quickly while others might not see marks at all. They are likely to be darker the first time you get cupping and may be lighter with each treatment.

The marks will fade

If you do walk away with big, red, circular marks all over your body, don’t worry. They will fade pretty quickly over the next few days and should disappear completely in less than two weeks. If you’re self-conscious about how they look, then don’t get cupping therapy right before you go on a beach holiday.

You can get cupping all over your body

Cupping therapy is most often associated with the back, but it can be performed along the arms and legs, too. This can be helpful in treating specific problems like knee or shoulder pain, or for helping specific muscles recover.

It’s a job for a professional

Cupping is a completely safe form of treatment in the hands of a properly trained, professional massage therapist, but it should not be tried by an amateur using DIY methods. When done incorrectly, cupping can cause burns and blisters as a result of improper technique or leaving the cups on for too long.

If you’re interested in trying cupping therapy for the first time (or if you’re a regular), then Moonstone Massage. You can contact us if you have any more questions about cupping or you can book a massage online.