There are many types of massage therapy from classic and modern styles to exotic styles such as acupressure. Choosing a massage technique can be confusing if youre unfamiliar with whats involved whether youre trying to get some relief or an injury. Here is a list of the most popular types of massage (including some you may not be familiar with).
1) Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy massage is a Swedish-style massage in which herbal scented oils called aromatherapy are added to the massage oil. Essential oils extracted from flowers and other plant parts are believed to have pleasant aromas and medicinal properties. For example lavender and rose are known to promote relaxation. Oils can be chosen to suit specific needs but therapists typically use premixed oils to energize or promote relaxation. Insomnia Some digestive disorders Back pain and even premenstrual symptoms. please confirm
2) Swedish Massage
A type of massage offered at many clinics gyms spas and wellness centers Swedish massage is similar to massage therapy. Swedish massage is based on Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to the energy-focused style more prevalent in Asian massage forms. Using creams or oils massage therapists usually start with simple broad strokes and then move on to specific strokes to treat the problem area. There are five basic strokes in Swedish massage therapy: efleurage (long smooth strokes) patisserie (mixed rolling and lifting) friction (squeezing or small circular movements) tapotment (percussion) and vibration (rocking and swaying). Swedish massage relaxes muscles throughout the body and is especially useful if you are recovering from an injury.
3) Reflexology Massage
like your feet? The therapist uses finger pressure knee and friction techniques to promote relaxation and healing of the body. The reflex areas of the hands and feet are thought to link energy to other organs and parts of the body. By applying pressure to the reflex points reflexologists can stimulate endorphins the bodys natural pleasure response which balances the nervous system and reduces stress and discomfort. Reflexology dates back to ancient civilizations but was perfected by American physical therapists. This can be a very relaxing treatment especially if you are standing all day or are tired and sick.
4) Hot Stone Massage
He uses a hot stone to call his name. These therapists heat sensitive stones at specific points on the body and hold them hot while massaging them. The rock is usually basalt (volcanic rocks retain heat well). The therapist can quickly relieve muscle tension by allowing the stones heat to calm and relax the tight muscles. If you have medical conditions such as high blood pressure diabetes heart disease varicose veins etc. consult your doctor if you would like to receive a hot stone massage. If you are taking blood thinners talk to your doctor first.
Shiatsu massage is a form of Japanese body work that involves applying local pressure by applying the therapists fingers (or sometimes hands and elbows) to the body in a rhythmic pattern. Each point lasts from two to eight seconds. With its roots in traditional Chinese medicine shiatsu aims to stimulate the acupressure points in the body to improve energy flow and restore balance. Make sure you wear loose fitting clothing as no oil or lotions are used. Shiatsu is usually performed on a mat on the floor or on a low massage table and is used to reduce stress and prevent stress-related health problems. It is considered effective in treating conditions such as arthritis insomnia back pain and sciatica neck and bone problems.
6) Pregnancy Massage
Pregnancy massage also known as prenatal massage is tailored to the needs of the expectant mother but is mostly used for relaxation. Many pregnant women experience back and knee pain especially in the later months and prenatal massage is a safe drug-free way to provide relief. Massage therapists who are specially trained and certified in prenatal massage know how to position and support. A womans body should change techniques during massage and avoid certain areas and techniques during pregnancy. Many have separate tables so that women can rest comfortably and safely during the massage. Ideally you should find a practitioner who is experienced and licensed in prenatal massage.
7) Postpartum Massage
After giving birth you will continue to use energy to care for the baby and breastfeed. Some breastfeeding positions can be sore and uncomfortable for your body at first. When done right postpartum massage can help you relax and reduce ailments such as fatigue dizziness muscle aches cramps and lethargy. This procedure is very effective for rejuvenating the body. This traditional Malay massage relieves stress relaxes the body stimulates milk production improves blood circulation and relieves pain.