A massage is a practice of rubbing and kneading the body using the hands. This is a way to relax the body, undo stress and other knots that might have a person suffer in pain. There are many different types of massages, so which one is right for you?
The Swedish massage is one of the most common types of massage. It’s a gentle type of full body massage that’s ideal for those who are new to getting a massage or have a lot of tension. This type of massage involves actions like percussion, kneading, vibration, tapping and rolling. It can help release muscle knots and it’s a good way to relax. Usually a Swedish massage will last 60-90 minutes.
Hot Stone Massage
A hot stone massage is best for people who have muscle stiffness, tension and is a great way to increase circulation and metabolism. The direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to deeper muscle layers. During a hot stone massage, heated stones are placed on different areas around your whole body. Your therapist may hold a stone as they massage different parts of the body using the Swedish massage techniques. This massage usually lasts 90 minutes.
Aromatherapy is a specific type of therapy that incorporates the use of scented essential oils into a massage. The massage involves alternating between gentle and harder pressure while using a blend of oils that your therapist will decide to use. You can let your therapist know if you have a preference. The oils are diluted before use and are applied along with lotion during the massage. During the massage, you’ll be given a full body massage while inhaling essential oils through a diffuser and absorbing them through your skin. This massage usually lasts 60-90 minutes.
Deep Tissue Massage
A deep tissue massage will use more pressure than a Swedish massage. It’s a good option if you have chronic muscle problems, including soreness, injury, or imbalance. A deep tissue massage may improve circulation, reduce minor aches and pains, relieve anxiety, increase range of motion and ease inflammation. During this massage, your therapist will use slow strokes and deep finger pressure to relieve tension from the deepest layers of your muscles and connective tissue. This massage usually lasts 60-90 minutes.
A Thai massage doesn’t involve lying on a massage table. Instead, you lie on a mat while a practitioner uses stretching, pulling, and rocking techniques to relieve tension, promote relaxation, and improve flexibility and circulation. Thai massage works the entire body using movements that are similar to yoga stretches. You will not only be stretched but twisted into various positions. This massage lasts 60-90 minutes.
A prenatal massage is a safe way for pregnant women to get a massage during pregnancy. It can help reduce those aches and pains women suffer during pregnancy. It can also help reduce stress and ease muscle tension. A prenatal massage will involve mild pressure that is similar to the Swedish massage. Most facilities will not offer these massages in the first trimester, due to a possible miscarriage, but anytime after you can get a massage to relax your body during the many changes its going through. During the massage you will lie on one side or on a specifically designed table with a cutout for your belly. This massage usually lasts 45-60 minutes. Some facilities offer a hot, relaxing bath after the massage.
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