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Which Massage Styles Are Best?

Booking a massage is not a one-size-fits-all kind of process. There are lots of different styles of massage and different benefits to gain from them. So, which massage style is the best? There’s no single answer to this question. The best thing to do is talk to your massage therapist about what you hope to gain from massage and they should be able to advise you on the best style of massage for you.

Before then, you can do some research by reading this article to find out a bit more about different types of massage.

Swedish massage – A full body massage that uses long kneading and shorter tapping strokes to make the muscle more pliable. Focuses on top layers of the tissue, so light pressure is used.

Deep tissue massage – Similar techniques to Swedish massage, but more pressure is applied to reach deeper layers of tissue. Deep tissue massage can be full body, but more often focuses on a particular area of tightness or injury.

Sports massage – One more step up, a sports massage typically uses stronger pressure than a deep tissue massage, targeting the muscle itself rather than the connecting tissues on top of it. Often used by athletes for recovery and performance, but is equally beneficial to non-athletes.

Thai massage – As well as pressure and manipulation, Thai massage involves stretching the muscles. Your massage therapist will put you into positions to stretch and twist the body. Can often be done fully clothed.

Hot stone massage – Heated stones are placed on the muscles or used as a massage tool to improve circulation and release tension. Problem areas may be targeted or specific acupressure points around the body.

Reflexology – This also targets specific points of the body that correspond to energy lines throughout the body. The feet, hands, and ears are typically the many focus points. Another massage style that can be done almost fully dressed.

Cupping – Glass cups are heated and placed on the body to pull the skin and tissues into the resulting vacuum. Cupping provides a number of benefits for muscle tension, immune system, and overall relaxation.

Pregnancy massage – Also known as prenatal massage. A form of massage that is safe to perform during pregnancy. Helps to relieve stress and anxiety as well as physical pain and discomfort.

Corporate massage – Fully-clothed massage performed in the workplace using a specialized massage chair. Usually targets the back, neck, and shoulders – areas that often become tense from working at a desk all day.

Hopefully, these quick summaries have given you an idea about the types of massage that might benefit you. To find out more about the massage types we offer or to book a massage in Winston Salem, get in touch with us today.

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Got Neck Pain? Types of Massages That Can Help

Neck pain is such a common problem these days, especially among office workers and others in digital professions. These people spend most of their day hunched over a computer or laptop, often without the proper desk and chair setup. This leads to stiffness and pain in the neck, back, and shoulders. It’s such a common problem that people assume that they just have to put up with it, but there could be a solution.

Massage is an effective way to treat and manage neck pain. Here are some of the best types of massage that can help with your neck pain.

Trigger point therapy

This type of massage therapy identifies the “trigger points” that are causing your neck pain. These may be in your neck or elsewhere, such as your shoulders or back. Your massage therapist will apply pressure to the trigger point and then release the pressure repeatedly. This is done to relieve the tension in the tissue, alleviating the pain it is causing.

Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage is one of the most common treatments. It applies strong pressure that penetrates deep into the muscle tissues. It can be a whole-body massage or it can target specific problem areas. Your massage therapist can work around the neck, shoulders, and back to relieve the tension in your muscles that is causing your neck pain.

Shiatsu massage

This Japanese form of massage therapy is similar in practice to trigger point massage, except that it targets specific points of your body known as meridians. Applying pressure to these points in sequence is thought to heal the body and encourage the flow of energy throughout the body. Shiatsu massage helps to relieve pain as well as targeting the cause of the pain by relieving specific tensions.

Reflexology

Similarly, reflexology targets points in your feet, hands, and ears to provide whole body relaxation and pain relief. The feet, especially, are thought to connect to points in the neck, so this kind of treatment applied to the feet is a good method of treating neck pain.

As well as regular massage treatment, another effective way of managing neck pain is correcting your posture in the workplace, as this is often the cause of the pain. Here are some tips to help you achieve this.

Are you ready to say goodbye to neck pain? Get in touch with us at My Moonstone Massage to find out more about the types of massage we offer, or go online and book your massage in Winston Salem now.