11 Apr Wait! Not all Massage Therapy is the Same?
You’ve heard that massage is good for your body. Maybe you’ve even had one yourself. Did you know that there are different types of massage therapy? Each type uses different techniques and is used to treat different symptoms.
Before you book an appointment with a massage therapist, make sure you know the type of therapy your body needs. Read on for a description of 3 types of massage therapies, and what they are best suited to treat.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage uses pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It combines techniques such as stripping and friction. Stripping is gliding pressure along the muscle fibers, and friction is pressure applied across the grain of the muscle to realign tissue fibers.
Deep Tissue Massage can help with:
• lower back pain,
• problems with mobility,
• recovering from injuries,
• postural problems,
• muscle tension in the legs or upper back,
• fibromyalgia, and
• neck stiffness
Unlike Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage focuses on improving blood and lymph circulation. It also uses friction, as well as sliding movements (effleurage), kneading movements (petrissage), vibration and percussion. A Swedish Massage can also include the stretching and bending of joints.
Swedish Massage are great for:
• relief of mild pain,
• improved mood,
• improved sleep and
• clearer thinking
If you’re in need of some R&R, a Swedish Massage might be the way to go.
Acupressure Massage is a form of Chinese medicine that has proven effective for over 2,000 years. It uses deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate Qi points. Qi points are areas of vital energy, otherwise known as “pressure points.” Pressure is applied in a circular motion, or sometimes massage therapists will use percussion. The level of pressure is not predetermined, and a good massage therapist will adjust his/her technique to your needs. Acupressure Massages are designed to help your body treat itself.
Consider Acupressure Massage if you suffer from
• digestive issues
• sinus issues, or
• back pain
No matter what form of massage therapy you choose, it’s important to drink plenty of water and allow your body to rest afterwards. All forms release built up toxins that will need to be flushed out.
Want to learn more?
We’re excited to have Deborah Hunter LMT, of Satori Holistic Massage, join us at our Dimensions of Wellness event on April 21st. The workshop will feature practitioners specializing in Massage Therapy, Alexander Technique, Acupuncture, and Aromatherapy. The event is a great opportunity to learn more from a licensed massage therapist, or simply learn how to balance your life!