Many people have become informed of the health benefits of massage therapy.
However, they may not understand which type of massage may be right for them.
Massage therapy sessions take place in many different environments, and there are an endless number of techniques that therapists perform.
Here are just a few of the hundreds of different types of massage that you can receive…
Probably the type of massage most people are familiar with is Swedish massage.
It is also known as relaxation massage, and usually takes place in a spa.
The health benefits of Swedish massage include a reduction of stress, increased circulation, and a feeling of inner peace. Characteristics of Swedish massage are long flowing hand strokes, light oil or cream applied to skin, and relaxing music.
In recent years Swedish massage has lost some of its popularity due to the demand “from clients” for deep tissue massage.
Deep tissue massage is known for applying pressure to the second and third layer of muscles.
The therapist will use more direct pressure to specific muscles. You can find massage therapists practicing this type of massage in Chiropractors offices, hospitals, and in their own private practices.
Deep tissue is great for injury prevention, and shortening the recovery time after an injury.
Chair massage or seated massage takes place in a public setting such as a mall, corporate/work setting or out door event.
The client will stay dressed, and the massage will last about 15 minutes. This modality is perfect for people that wish not to undress for a massage , and also the busy person on the go.
In recent years there is nothing that has helped massage therapy grow in popularity more than sports massage. Olympic athletes, professional baseball, and football teams all have massage therapists on site for pre and post event massage.
One of the greatest ways to use massage therapy is when an athlete is recovering from surgery.
Of course, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to enjoy the benefits of massage. Anyone that enjoys a weekend run or bike ride can improve their performance with sports massage.
Which Type is Right for You?
These are just a few of hundreds of different types of massage techniques.
If you just want to relax, recover from or prevent injury, or increase your athletic performance there is a type of massage therapy that is perfect for you.