Which Massage is Right for You?

by ksteed
Which Massage is Right for You?
You’ve heard about stone massage, Shiatsu massage, acupressure massage, and more, but which one is the one for you?  We’ll take you through the ten most popular types of massage, tell you what you can expect from them, and let you know who they’re geared towards.  All that's left for you to do is pick one, make an appointment, and enjoy!

Swedish Massage:  A Swedish massage is the most common massage there is, and it is usually what people think of when they hear the word “massage.”  The massage therapist uses long strokes and kneading techniques on the body, and usually uses some type of lotion of oil.  This massage is wonderful for increasing circulation, releasing toxins in the muscles, and easing pain and stress.  

Thai Massage:
Because Thai massage is based on yoga, the massage therapist will move you into many different positions and stretches with this kind of massage.  Some styles of Thai massage incorporate acupressure, as well. This kind of massage can improve flexibility and energize the body.   
Shiatsu Massage: Shiatsu massage originated in Japan and literally translates to “finger pressure.”  During a shiatsu massage, the therapist apples pressure to energy meridians on your body in a rhythmic pattern.  This massage is supposed to improve your body’s flow of energy and help ease various conditions, including depression, arthritis, and insomnia.
Acupressure Massage: This type of Chinese massage is said to have similar effects as acupuncture, as they both focus around the same pressure points.  The therapist will apply pressure to various healing points on the body to release tension, improve circulation, and address various ailments.
Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage, but it works muscles and connective tissue found beneath the outer muscles.  This type of massage is ideal for people with chronic pain or injuries.  Athletes will often receive deep tissue massage, due to the repetitive strain on their muscles.
Hot Stone Massage: In this type of massage, smooth heated stones are placed around the body.  The heat from these stones is then released into the muscles, easing tension.  The massage therapist may also use the stones to massage your body, whether it is by applying pressure to the stones or by oiling the stones and rubbing them on the body.
Reflexology: A reflexology massage focuses entirely on the hands and feet, as it focuses around the belief that pressure points on the hands and feet relate to all parts of the body.  The heels, for example, are related to the lower back, so pressure on the heels is said to ease lower back pain. Reflex areas of the hands and feet are pressed during this massage.   

Pregnancy Massage:
A pregnancy massage, or prenatal massage, is a type of Swedish massage that is designed to ensure the comfort and safety of the pregnant woman and her baby.  This type of massage eases the pain associated with pregnancy, and can be adapted for women in any trimester.
Sports Massage: Sports massages are primarily for athletes or people who are physically active on a regular basis.  The goals of these massages are to prevent injury, as well as treat injuries or chronic pain.
Aromatherapy Massage: In aromatherapy massages, the therapist uses scented oils that are said to befit the mind and body.  These massages are best suited for people with stress-related issues.

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