Massage therapy is an amazingly varied practice. Each treatment and each therapist can bring something slightly different to the experience and the benefits you receive. There are so many different types of massage, so let’s go through some of the most popular treatments available.
Swedish massage is one of the most common treatments. It is typically a full-body massage that uses light pressure to relieve tension in muscles. It is thought to be a very relaxing massage.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue is similar in practice to Swedish massage, except that involves more pressure. For this reason, it may not be as relaxing as Swedish massage, but the treatment should not be painful. If the pressure is too much for you, you can always tell your massage therapist and they will ease off.
This is another massage that involves deep pressure applied to the muscles. Sports massage is often used to treat specific injuries or tensions, although it can also be a full-body massage. It is not just for sportspeople; lots of people can benefit from a sports massage, including people who sit at a desk all day.
Some massages can place to much stress on the body for a pregnant woman. For this reason, prenatal massage was developed to treat aches and stiffness during pregnancy in a way that is safe for the baby. Prenatal massage uses light pressure, mostly focused around the lower body as this is under greater pressure during pregnancy.
Hot stone massage
Hot stone massage is a relaxing, therapeutic massage style. Heated stones are placed along the body to improve blood flow, relax your muscles, and relieve stress. It can also be effective at alleviating pain.
Trigger point massage
Trigger point massage treats specific parts of the body that are affected by injury or tension. These specific “trigger points” are targeted by the massage therapist to relieve the tension and treat the pain being caused. Both gentle and deeper strokes are used in this type of massage.
Reflexology is an extremely relaxing treatment that is said to restore energy levels. It targets pressure points in specific areas of the body, mostly in the feet and hands. If you’re uncomfortable about removing items of clothing during your massage, then reflexology is perfect because you can be fully clothed for it.