Massage therapy is a popular way of relaxation. Some may even consider this for healing pains in most body parts. The key is getting a good massage therapist who is knowledgeable on body parts and massage and this can become one of your alternative health care solutions when it comes to body pains.
There are probably close to a hundred types of massage from different parts of the world. Here are 10 of the most commonly used and preferred by many:
1) Swedish Massage Therapy
This was made popular by Pehr Henrik Ling who was a Swedish physical therapist back in the 19th century. In this method, massage therapists apply long smooth strokes to the body. To facilitate total smoothness, massage oil and lotions are applied. This is mostly preferred by people who are new to getting body massage and therapies.
2) Aromatherapy Massage
This uses essential oils like chamomile, rosemary, eucalyptus and lavender to name some. The limbic system in our brain controls our emotions and our nostrils are attached to it. Upon inhalation of essential oils, messages are received by the limbic system that can affect stress level, heart rate, breathing and the immune system. It is also believed that essential oils can be absorbed by our skin that can add to some glowing appearance.
3) Hot Stone Massage
In this type of massage hot stones are used to calm different parts of the body. Usually, the stones are river rocks that are naturally smooth. In the stone heating process, rocks are placed in the water on a heating device until it has reached a certain high temperature that is still safe for the skin. If desired, massage therapists can also apply pressure on places where the heated stone is placed like the palms, joints or specific areas on the back. Heat from the stone can improve blood circulation and can ease tensions in the muscles.
4) Deep Tissue Massage
When there is muscle adhesion, blood circulation maybe blocked and may cause pain, inflammation and limited movement. This type of massage targets the connective tissue and deeper layers of muscle and is normally suggested when there is muscle injury or chronic muscle tension. It can break down adhesions to ease the pain and for the normal muscle movement to be restored.
This massage therapy can treat common physical and psychological problems by applying some force on pressure points. This is Japanese in origin and is considered as the counterpart of the Chinese healing method of acupuncture. It is believed that shiatsu can help in disorders like anxiety, nausea, depression, headaches, stiffness, cramps, pulled muscles and arthritis. The therapy process also touches on the “Zen” energy that gives a more calming effect to the mind and body.
6) Thai Massage
Like shiatsu this massage therapy also aligns body energy by applying gentle force on pressure points. It also includes stretches and compression. A massage therapist can move your body into different position and may stretch your body depending on the amount of stretching pressure you can handle.
7) Pregnancy Massage
It is increasing in popularity since expectant mothers are unable to do regular exercises. Therapists usually need to be certified to perform this type of massage as this can be a delicate process. They should know the correct way to stretch and position the body of a pregnant woman.
This is simply called foot massage by some. However, it involves more than massaging as it should apply pressure on certain points of both feet. Mostly recommended for people whose work requires the use of their feet and legs for an extended period of time daily.
9) Sports Massage
People in sports are always engaged in hard physical activities especially during trainings. Sports massage was developed for athletes to recover fast during muscle injury or even to make specific muscle parts stronger depending on the type of sport they do.
10) Traditional Chinese Massage
There are two types of the Traditional Chine Massage: Tui na that focuses on stretching, kneading and pushing, and the other is Zhi Ya that involves pressing and pinching the acupressure points.