Massage Therapy Styles

by: Chris Lontok

Massage Therapy pictureMassage therapy can do a lot for you. It helps you relax and relieves pain from your muscles, and it also is a highly recommended complementary alternative medicine for some ailments like cancer, depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis.

There are specific massage techniques that can address specific physical conditions and state of mind. Here are a few common techniques:

This article provides a brief description of other massage therapy techniques for the tired and weary.

Deep Tissue Massage

This massage techniques deals with the deep tissues embedded in the deeper layers of our muscles. The deep tissue massage is ideal for people experiencing chronic muscle pain on their upper and lower back, legs, and shoulders. Some people may find a deep tissue massage intense, since at some point, you’ll feel sore. But this is all part of the process. A deep tissue massage frees our muscles of toxin build-up that is usually the main cause of pain and muscle immobility.

Foot Massage Therapy

Some people call this type of therapeutic massage, reflexology. Some massage therapists call it “pressure therapy” since it involves applying pressure to specific points on the foot. A foot massage is a very relaxing way of addressing problems with your body’s internal organs.

This is because it is believed that certain trigger points on our feet have a direct link with our organs, thus, stimulating and manipulating these points can remedy some of the dysfunctions. A trained massage therapist can also put pressure on different meridians or energy lines on the sole and side of the feet to determine the cause of illness.

Sports Massage Therapy

A sports massage is ideal of active individuals that are engaged in sports or intensive work-outs. Ideally, sports massages are given 10 minutes before and after engaging in a game or work out. It uses fast and stretching techniques that elevate body temperature and blood circulation.

This way, the muscles perform better and endure for longer periods of time. Scientific studies on the sports massage’s ability to heal injuries are still sparse, but its positive benefits can be concretely observed.

Swedish Massage

The Swedish massage is probably the most popular among all forms of massage techniques. It is recommended for first-timers. The Swedish massage comprises of all the 5 basic strokes of a therapeutic massage—effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, and vibration.

Varying combination of these 5 strokes will result to other massage techniques such as back massage, trigger point massage, and deep tissue massage (among others).