Deep Tissue is a very specific massage treatment in which the therapist uses knuckles and elbow's to "strip out" muscle tissue as far down to the bone as possible. Sound invasive? It is! It is definitely not for everyone. This modality can be helpful to the following people: athletes who are considerably harder on their bodies than the average person, people who are undergoing physical therapy to aid in the breakdown process of scar tissue, (AFTER PROPER HEALING FROM THE INJURY HAS OCCURED), or anyone who has very dense tissue and thus responds better to the work.
Best for: Treating stiff, painful trouble spots
This is the most common type of massage therapy, and what many people are thinking about when they hear the word "massage".
Best for: An intro to massage, stress relief, relaxation, releasing cramped or tense muscles, couples massage
massage performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Best for: healthy Moms- to-be
during this massage your body is not only weighted down with hot, smooth stones, but the therapist also uses the stones to massage your body. The heat helps release the tension in your back and shoulders, mostly, so those muscles can be worked on more effectively.
Best for: "Centering" yourself, releasing very tense muscles, relaxation
Like Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Massage focuses on specific areas of the body, rather than massaging the whole body. In this technique, the therapist pinpoints exactly the "problem" muscle and coaxes it with deep pressure to relax.
Best for: Chronic muscle pain and tension
...It is very important to ALWAYS speak up and let your therapist know if you need the pressure to be corrected, (i.e. if you need them to lighten up because it is too deep, or to apply more because it is not deep enough).
Thai massage works your entire body fully dressed in lose clothing. It's one of the most invigorating types of massages, as the therapist rigorously manipulates your body, moving it into yoga-like stretches.The therapist uses every part of his or her body—hands, knees, legs, and feet—to not only stretch you but also apply pressure on your muscles and loosen your joints. You might even get walked on! This type of massage is both energizing and, at times, relaxing.
Best for: Improving energy, increased flexibility, overall health and well-being
Dear Pain Sufferer,
A good massage is truly a treat and offers many health benefits, but as you have noticed, massage places tend to offer lots of options on their services menus. In fact, there are over 200 different massage techniques and types, all treating different needs and providing various benefits. Let's break it down. Here are 7 of the most used types of massages and when you might want to choose them.
with this massage the therapist can focus mostly your neck, shoulders, and back. The good thing is you don't have to take off your clothes or have oils slathered all over you. The bad thing is you don't get a thorough whole-body massage as you do with other styles, and, since this is often done in public places like events, offices,and malls these are great "mini breaks". Depending on the massage therapist, however, a chair massage can really get the tension out of your upper body.
Best for: Quick massages, from walking all day, sitiing in fornt of your computer while at work, all around stress relief
sports massage is designed specifically for the very physically active (whether you're a professional athlete or not). Athletes often get sports massages to prepare for peak performance, prevent injury, and also treat injury. The benefits and effects of sports massage include physical effects such as circulating blood and lymphatic fluids as well as stretching muscle tissue and breaking down scar tissue.
Best for: Athletes or anyone with a active lifestyle