What Are the Types, Techniques And Benefits of Massage

Benefits of Massage Therapy

In this section, we have discussed top ten massage therapy or top 10 types of massage, benefits and its techniques. Here is a quick and easy guide to some of the widely used massage therapies.

Aromatherapy Massage – Aromatherapy – Aroma Massage Benefits

Many people think Aromatherapy is called Aromatherapy massage, but it is somehow different. Here we have discussed Aromatherapy Massage, not actually Aromatherapy. If you like to know about Aromatherapy you can visit Aromatherapy / Aromatherapy Massage.

It is a massage therapy adds one or more aroma oils / essential oils / scented plant oils to address particular needs. Your massage therapist can choose essential oils that are relaxing, stress relieving, energizing, balancing mind and good for your body. One of the most widely used scented plant oils in aromatherapy massage is lavender.

  • Aromatherapy massage is especially good for stress-related issues or emotional component.

Back Massage – Back Massage Therapy – Benefits of Back Massage

Many massage clinics and spa centers offer 30 – 45 minutes back massage. This is often called back massage session. Whether a back massage or back massage therapy is not expressly advertised, you can ask for a 30 – 45 minutes back massage therapy session. Generally back massage has no particular session, so you can ask your massage therapist to focus on your back, including neck massage and back pain massage for a few times.

A good back massage can help you relieve:

  • Lower back pain
  • Tension from upper back
  • Stimulates the production of chemicals, such as dopamine, endorphins and serotonin that make you feel good
  • Back massage may relieve tension in your back area, especially waist and also helps to reduce migraine pain

Back massage helps to alleviate the back muscle spasms, which occurs in the time your rib or the thoracic joints lose its mobility. Back massage helps those joints function better and relieves pain.

Deep Tissue Massage – Deep Tissue Massage Therapy – Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage or deep tissue massage therapy is quite similar to Swedish massage therapy, only the techniques provided during deep tissue massage session are different. The deeper pressure is beneficial for you in releasing chronic joint pain and muscle tension. Deep tissue massage focuses only on the deep layers of your muscle tissues, tendons as well as fascia, the protective layer covering the muscles, bones as well as joints.

Deep tissue massage therapy targets the very deeper layers of your muscle as well as connective tissue. Your massage therapist gives slower strokes, often called friction or applies massage techniques surrounding the grain of your muscle. Deep tissue massage is normally used for chronically stiff or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural issues or recovery from muscle injury. Most of the people feel hurt for 1-3 days after the deep tissue massage session.

By using deep finger pressure, slow and firm strokes, deep-tissue massage applied to treat different types of physical ailments.

Hot Stone Massage – Hot Stone Massage Therapy – Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

Combining the hot stone massage protocols, a full body massage therapy can provide you a healing as well as effective experience. The hot stone massage helps to expand blood vessels and reduce blood pressure, which encourages the blood flow throughout your body. Hot stone massage has a tranquil effect. This massage therapy can relieve your chronic muscle pain, reduce stress, tension, headache and promote deep relaxation. Hot or Heated smooth stones are normally placed on certain points on your body. These stones help the certain points of your body to warm as well as loose the stiff muscles and balance the energy centers throughout your body.

A hot stone massage session is generally expensive compared to a basic Swedish massage session, because hot massage therapy requires more preparation as well as clean-up. The massage usually runs longer.

Pregnancy Massage – Prenatal Massage – Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

Therapeutic massage has many benefits. It has been used for centuries to enhance your overall health. Therapeutic massage reduces stress, general tension, headache and muscle tension. Massage has several benefits during pregnancy. It is called pregnancy massage or prenatal massage. Pregnancy massage has sometimes received inconclusive responses from the health community in regards to safety as well as purposes. Modern investigation as well as research has demonstrated the benefits of prenatal massage therapy. It has shown pregnancy massage acts as an instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care. It should be given a careful consideration.

Reflexology – Foot Massage Therapy – Benefits of Foot Massage

Reflexology is often called foot massage. There are many benefits of reflexology. Though, it is more than simple foot massage therapy. This massage generally involves applying pressure to some points on your foot. Some people make mistake telling reflexology is a kind of acupressure therapy. During this massage, soft pressures are applied to certain points on your foot that correspond to the organs as well as body system. Reflexology or foot massage is very relaxing, particularly for people who stand on feet the whole day and when comes back home feel deadly tired.

Swedish Massage – Swedish Massage Therapy – Benefits of Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is one of the most popular widely used massage therapy. It has several health benefits. Many professional sportsman or athletes take Swedish massage for treating pain and sports related injuries. Swedish massage helps reducing pain in body, increase blood circulation and metabolic wastes from your body. Before you take Swedish massage you should consult with your doctor and also ask your massage therapist whether you are eligible to take Swedish massage and how you can be benefited taking this massage.

Shiatsu Massage – Shiatsu Massage Therapy – Shiatsu Massage Benefits

Shiatsu often called Shiatsu massage. This massage is used to treat different chronic ailments, such as insomnia, fibromyalgia, muscle pain, neck pain, back pain, joint pain, PMS, acute upper and lower back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, asthma, sciatica, migraines etc. Shiatsu is also used in massage therapy for reducing stress, musculoskeletal pain and anxiety. Shiatsu massage is a form of Japanese bodywork. This massage uses different types of localized finger pressure in a rhythmic way on acupuncture meridians. Each pressure point is generally held for 2 – 8 seconds to enhance the energy flow and help your body regain the balance.

Trigger Point Massage – Trigger Point Massage Therapy – Trigger Point Massage Benefits

Trigger point massage mainly focuses in alleviating the source of trigger point. A cycle of remote pressure and release therapy is applied from distant area of trigger pain source to heal the trigger point pain including tingling, numbness and discomfort.  The pain generally occurs in hip, back, shoulder and neck areas. During trigger point therapy, the person needs to go for deep breathing to identify the painful area and to intensify the pain.

Trigger point massage not only heals rare pain in tight bonds or in tight muscles but also works on the points. It also manages to reduce the pain for long time. Trigger point therapy is not same as conventional massage therapy and it heals pain applying unique treating methodology.

Thai Massage – Thai Massage Therapy – Thai Massage Benefits

Traditional Thai Massage is deep. It is a full-body treatment. Thai massage starts from the feet and progresses up to the head, using a gentle sequence and flowing exercise movements. During this massage session the recipient’s body is moved, loosed as well as stretched (some of the stretch applications are related to Yoga) of the joints and muscles. Likewise Shiatsu massage Thai massage also aligns your body energies using firm and gentle pressure on your specific body points. This massage therapy also includes compressions as well as stretches. During the Thai massage session you do not need to lie there, the massage therapist helps you to move and stretch according to the sequence of postures.

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Kabbyik Mitra, a voracious reader and health writer. He is a health & lifestyle journalist. Kabbyik is a yoga enthusiast practicing yoga for last 7-year. He is a certified yoga therapist, a science writer, communicator and journalist. He has been practicing yoga and training people to live a healthy and happy life. Get in touch with him via email: yogatoall2016@gmail.com for any yoga related queries.