What kind of massage do you need?
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If you’re thinking of getting a professional massage, you might want to consider what kind of message you need. There are many massage modalities out there, you will need to choose the one that best suits your needs. For example, if you are into a lot of sporting activity, you will be wanting a massage that really loosens those muscle up, and doesn’t just focus on relaxation. Never been for a massage? Well then, it may be a bit confusing to choose what’s best for you. After all, there’s is more than just Swedish massage.
What is massage
Basically, massage involves manipulating the soft tissue in our bodies. This means kneading and massaging the muscles, connective tissue, as well as paying attention to joints and ligaments. Some of the many benefits of massage include:
- Physical effects like improved blood flow
- Can reduce swelling
- Massage helps sore muscles
- Provides relaxation
- Reduces stress
- Helps to treat headaches and other pain-related problems
- Boosts your immune system
Massage therapy is in most cases safe, but there are a few instances where one should be cautious. First, if you have been for a massage, you might experience some minor side effects such as soreness, fatigue and mild headaches. This is nothing to worry about unless the symptoms persist.
You could also feel a drop in your blood sugar level after a massage, which is why it is important for a therapist to take down your medical history. Some people are also allergic to the products being used during a massage and could suffer from a reaction. Many people should first ask their doctor or avoid a massage all together, because of some chronic health condition they may have. A therapist should be aware of all the possible side-effects and contraindications.
“Massage, you know you knead it.”
14 different kinds of massage
Let’s have a look and see what kind of massage you need:
This is basically the basis of all massage, the type of massage most people recognize. The technique mainly involves kneading and flowing strokes. You will have to remove some clothing, but you should be provided with a gown or towels. The therapist will then use an oil, such as Grapeseed to perform the massage. This type of massage is great if it’s your first time and can help to relieve minor pain and tension. People have different pain thresholds, if you find your therapist is applying a bit too much pressure, please let them know.
An aromatherapy massage is a gentle therapy, using mostly Swedish massage techniques. The treatment involves using various diluted essential oils, which can help to relieve problems such as:
- Depression and anxiety
- Muscles tension
- Relief of pain
- Skin conditions
A professional aromatherapist will usually take a case history and from this create an individual treatment plan. They will choose specific essential oils, which are suited to each person.
This massage can help pregnant mothers through their pregnancy. During a treatment, the mother will lie on her side, be seated or some therapists have a special pregnancy massage table. This massage is great, especially if you are experiencing anxiety or lower back pain. Always check with your doctor first before going for a massage and make sure the therapist is fully qualified to provide this service.
Deep Tissue Massage
As the name implies, this massage technique will get the deeper layers of muscle. You will, therefore, experience more intense massage strokes. This type of massage is great for those who suffer from more chronic muscle tension. This type of massage may not be as pleasant as others, so if you are sensitive, you may want to stick with the good old Swedish massage.
Hot Stone Massage
This massage is great for those who wish to relax and who have a bit of muscles tension. Hot Stone massage also helps to improve circulation. A therapist will mostly use Swedish Massage techniques but include the use of heated stones into the routine. The therapist will use the heated stones to massage with, as well as leave stones placed on certain areas. This is usually a popular treatment in the winter months but tends to be a bit more expensive than the usual Swedish Massage by itself.
This is the option for those of you who are involved with any type of sport. Sports Massage will help those who have muscle injuries caused by repetitive use. The treatment should aid in a faster recovery and reduce further risk of injury. A therapist may use deep pressure as well as focus more on the specific areas that need attention.
Shiatsu is a Japanese method of massage, which also helps to get rid of energy blockages in the body. Various techniques are used, but you can remain fully clothed for the session. Shiatsu works to relieve stress and tension as well as relieve muscle pain.
There are a number of areas on the body where reflex points are found, but the specialised form of foot reflexology is the most common form of treatment method. Therapist use thumb and finger pressure, which is applied to reflexes found on the feet. The reflexes in the foot represent your entire body, so by performing this treatment, you are effectively treating the whole body. Reflexology is done fully clothed, only your feet will be exposed. Reflexology works amazingly well for those who suffer from stress and anxiety.
Trigger Point Massage
This type of massage helps to relieve tension within the deeper layers of muscles tissue and is aimed at more specific problem areas. This type of massage is good for those who need relief from sciatica pain, chronic pain and injuries. Within the muscle, a therapist will find what is called a trigger point, which is causing the pain. The therapist will focus on the trigger point and so help to relieve the pain.
Thai massage uses various stretching manoeuvres or yoga postures as well as using acupressure. The aim is to improve flexibility, relieve pain, improve circulation and energy levels. The treatment is usually done in loose fitted clothing on a special mat on the floor.
Chair Massage is a great way to provide stress relief to employees. A special massage chair is used so that a therapist can easily massage the back. You are fully clothed and sit face forward in the chair, with your head relaxing in a headrest. Therapists can perform a full body massage but the main areas of focus are usually the head, neck, shoulders and lower back. Treatments are also usually shorter than normal from 10 to 30 minutes maximum. The chair is portable and the therapist can, therefore, travel with their equipment to you.
Indian Head Massage
This type of massage can be done seated or on a massage table. The therapist will use various massage techniques, which will help you to relax and improve circulation. Some therapist performs the treatment dry (with no oil), while others use specialised oils for the hair and scalp. This type of massage is great for reducing stress, anxiety and headaches.
Therapeutic massage therapists go through detailed training and use a variety of massage techniques from deep tissue massage to trigger point and neuromuscular and myofascial massage. Therapists must all be registered with the Allied Health Council of South Africa.
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