If you are new to massage, then all the various different types might seem a bit confusing. Here in Stony Plain, Canada we have a wide variety of massage therapies available.
Here are some of the main types of massage on offer.
This has its origins in Chinese medicine and is based on the Japanese practices of massage.
The way this is applied is by a rhythmic movement in the masseurs’ fingertips on various points of the body. Sometimes the therapist might use their elbows or even the palms of their hands.
Every touch point that is applied will be held in place for between two and eight seconds. This is similar to the principle of acupuncture. The end aim of the therapy is to trigger these points on the body and enhance energy flow through it.
Ailments that may benefit from a Shiatsu massage include sciatica, sinusitis, back pain and neck ache, as well as conditions such as arthritis and insomnia.
This is a massage that is usually delivered without the use of oils.
Sometimes this is done on the floor, on a mat, or a low lying table. It is advisable to wear loose fitting clothes.
Reflexology can be traced back hundreds or even thousands of years. It is based on the principle that the pressure points in the foot correlate directly to the major organs of the body.
Reflexology makes a natural choice for people who are on their feet all day and is a great treatment for anyone with tired feet.
You don’t have to be an athlete to have a sports massage, but it has been designed to treat sports injuries.
A sports massage works by treating the soft tissues and targets the muscles that the athlete – or person – requires work on.
The aim is to improve the flexibility and circulation in the affected limb or limbs and bring the damaged area back into use.
A sports massage is usually rather faster than the slower Swedish massage.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
This is often chosen by people suffering knots, tension and areas to be unraveled.
This massage is deep and fairly slow compared with other types of massage and has been used by sufferers of conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
PRE NATAL MASSAGE
Since drugs are out during pregnancy, pre natal massage makes a great way of relaxing and easing tension for the pregnant woman.
Make sure that you pick a therapist who knows what they are doing and has experience in treating pregnant women.
A bit like having a yoga workout, Thai massage uses stretching and postures to improve the flow of energy in the body.
The therapist will position your body into the correct postures for the therapy to take place.
Ideal for anyone with mobility problems and back pain, this therapy is usually delivered on the floor, via a mat and with all your clothes on.
HOT STONE MASSAGE
This is usually volcanic rock, which has been heated up and placed on strategic points on the body. It helps to loosen and destress a tense and knotted body.
If you suffer from heart problems or high blood pressure, please check with your therapist to see if you are suitable for this treatment.
A Swedish massage is the standard massage offered where there is no other description given. This is an all purpose massage, with longer and deeper strokes as well as kneading, vibration and circular motions.
For anyone who wants a good, all purpose massage to relax and unwind with, this would be a good starting point.