There are many different types of massage.
Thankfully here in Indianapolis, all of these different types are easy to find.
But how do you know which massage you need? The body lets us know when we are in need of a massage. And for those of you who have never ventured past a normal Swedish session here is a list of different massages for you to try.
1. Swedish Massage
Is a popular general-purpose system of massage, devised in Sweden.
As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Benefit: Besides helping to relax muscles and ease tension, Swedish massage may also help boost circulation throughout the body.
2. Deep Tissue
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Benefit: Deep tissue massage is ideal for releasing chronic tension and may also help improve rang of motion.
3. Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage uses smooth black basalt rocks or river rocks that have been heated in water. Basalt stones are very rich in iron, which makes them particularly great at retaining heat and are even believed to help improve the flow of energy in your body.
The therapist will then either place the hot stones on specific points along the body to create soothing pressure or use them to actually massage muscles with steady pressure.
Benefits: Relieves tense areas, and the heat from the stones can help improve blood flow.
4. Sports Massage
Specifically designed with athletes in mind, sports massage is a different form of Swedish massage that helps with aches caused by repetitive motion and help active people make a quicker recovery from stress, injury and physical activity such as running or lifting weights.
Benefits: Quicker workout recovery times, better range of motion, and improve performance.
5. Shiatsu Massage
A Japanese style of massage rooted in Chinese medicine, shiatsu massage eliminates blockages the keep the body’s energy force, or Qi, from flowing freely. A therapist uses many techniques which include using their elbows, knees, and even their feet, as they work out tension from the back, joints, and limbs.
Benefits: Shiatsu massage is a great form a stress release as it promotes good circulation and the production of oxytocin.
6. Trigger Point Massage
Like deep tissue massage, trigger point massage helps dispel chronic tension deep in the muscles. While deep tissue is ideal for tension over a large area, trigger point is better for pain that radiates from a very specific spot.
Benefits: releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.
7. Couples Massage
Massage therapists knead two clients side-by-side in the same room. Swedish massage is the typical massage used during this, but you are welcome to request a different massage such as deep tissue or hot stone.
Benefits: It’s often a romantic massage but a couples massage can also be used to reconnect with friends, sister, mother, daughter or anyone you don’t mind being semi-undressed around.
8. Prenatal Massage
If you have a little one on the way, this is the massage for you!
This massage style helps relieve pregnancy pains for expecting mothers. Instead of lying on your back, you will either lay on your side or use a massage table with a hole cut in to it that allows you to lay on your stomach.
Benefits: Reduces pain brought on by pregnancy, and also is known to help with depression, insomnia, and anxiety.
WARNING: Although there are many benefits to this massage always consult your doctor!
This is a specialized form of foot massage, which practitioners press different points of the feet that are believed to correlate to other organs and bodily systems.
Benefits: Traditionally, reflexology is believed to help correct imbalances throughout the body. But like any foot massage, it’s also great for relieving tension brought on by wearing heels or being on your feet all day.
Also know as “yoga massage” Thai massage is a series of intense stretches on a fully clothed client.
Benefits: Improved flexibility, greater range of motion, and temporary relief from pain are just a few of the reported benefits of the Thai massage.
11. Foot Massage
Exactly what it sounds like: a relaxing massage for your feet.
Benefits: Unlike reflexology, which targets other parts of the body through the feet, foot massage is simply relaxing.
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Hot Stone Massage BY: Anam Ather https://www.groupon.com/articles/hot-stone-massage
Information pulled August 8, 2018