Most Common Types Of Massage
Getting a massage is simply a wonderful thing if you have the right therapist. If you don’t then it could cost you a ton of time and money finding one who is just right for you. If you’ve never had a massage its going to be even more difficult to decide but it is very important to do your research and to try a few different places….Word of mouth is the best.
Massage therapy treatment uses so many different techniques that can range from relaxation full-body stress relieving massages to very specific types of deep tissue and therapeutic massages which address specific areas of muscle pain and dysfunction.
There are so many different types of massage and if you look at our services page you will note that Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage Offer so many more services than will be looked at in this post. But the 5 types of massage that are reportedly some of the most popular types are:
- Chair massage
- Medical or Therapeutic Massage
- Pregnancy Massage
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Aromatherapy Massage.
We will provide you a quick introduction to each massage type:
1. Chair Massage – Chair Massage, also known as Seated Massage, is performed while the client remains fully clothed and seated in a specially designed massage chair. The massage chair allows the Massage Therapist to massage the client’s head, neck, back, and arms. A typical session lasts for 10-15 minutes. The session consists of the therapist using a variety of kneading, percussion, friction and movement techniques. The high portability of the massage chair and the fact that clients are fully clothed means that massage sessions can be completed nearly anywhere. Chair massage makes a great gift for employees or as thank-you gifts for special clients. Receiving chair massage in the office has been shown to reduce stress and increase employee productivity. Chair massage is also a popular attraction at charity events, trade shows and conventions.
2. Medical or Therapeutic Massage – While performing a Medical or Therapeutic Massage, the Massage Therapist treats specific muscular and connective tissue problems with techniques directed at achieving favourable client outcomes while under the supervision and written orders of the client’s physician. More simply stated, the Medical Massage Therapist is a massage therapist with advanced training in the assessment of soft tissue dysfunction and treatment that works with your doctor to relieve your pain, improve function and the range of motion of joints, and the improvement posture as needed. Medical massage is usually a short session that’s targeted to one or a few different areas.
3. Pregnancy Massage – Pregnancy Massage has gained a great deal of popularity by helping the mother-to-be remain comfortable during her pregnancy. In many cases expecting mother’s have had an easier delivery. Pregnancy massage relieves muscle spasms and cramps associated with the stress of the extra weight a child brings, in addition to the physical changes that occur to a mother’s body during pregnancy.
4. Trigger Point Therapy – Trigger Point Therapy directly targets trigger points and the muscles in which they’re found. In Trigger Point Therapy the Massage Therapist carefully seeks out the trigger points in a muscle with their fingers, knuckles, or elbows and uses specific compression techniques, friction strokes, and stretches which make the trigger points release and seemingly melt away. The release of the trigger point usually results in a rapid decrease or complete elimination of muscular pain. Trigger Point Therapy is a versatile technique and is often used to treat back pain, jaw (TMJ) pain, headaches and migraines, whiplash, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, hip pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more.
5. Aromatherapy Massage – Aromatherapy Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic massage incorporating the healthy benefits of massage and the powerful effects of essential oils for an incredible effect you’re going to love. Depending on your needs the Massage Therapist will adjust the massage and the varieties of essential oils for the desired effect.
All of the massage techniques described here can help you receive the many health benefits that a massage can bring. Of course there are many more massage therapy techniques available that are relaxing, stress reducing, and that relieve chronic tension and pain. You actually don’t have to know what type of massage to ask for, you just need to know what you want to achieve. Do you just want to relax? Reduce muscle soreness? Relieve pain? Improve posture?