The Different Types of Massage & Their Benefits

by Head Health Nutter on May 19, 2016

So many things that feel good to us are unhealthy – so it makes my heart happy to hear that massages are healthy! Keep reading today’s article by guest blogger, Kathy Fish, for a little 101 on massages.

There is nothing quite like getting a rejuvenating massage. You would be surprised to learn there are many different types of massage therapy, and each of them yields its own unique benefits. If you are thinking of calling your local health spa, read through this list of beneficial massages and schedule the right one for you!

woman in a day spa getting a neck massage

Swedish Massage

The most common type of massage offered at spas is the Swedish massage. It consists of light kneading, long strokes, and even rhythmic strokes along the top of your body. Swedish massage is the type of therapy people choose when they are looking for an energizing and relaxing massage. Benefits include stress relief, reduction in muscle tension, and improved circulation.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage, like the name implies, is a deeper and more deliberate massage. It focuses on trouble spots within your body that are stiff or painful. Your massage therapist will use pressure and hard strokes to work out tension and knots and to improve circulation in injured areas. This is the perfect massage therapy choice for someone with chronic pain in a particular region.

Sports Massage

Athletes rely on their muscles to be in optimal condition. After a hard training session, it is common to experience soreness and tightness in a particular area. Scheduling a sports massage can assist in promoting healing, preventing injury, and releasing lactic acid buildup from the muscle tissue.

Advanced Massage Techniques

If you are looking for a type of massage that is targeting a specific area or problem, advanced massage techniques can be a great choice for you. Some of the most common issues people face are carpal tunnel and plantar fasciitis. If a massage therapist is notified about these particular medical concerns prior to the session, they can use advanced techniques to relieve tension, stress, and pain in those particular areas.

About the Author

Kathy Fish is the spa manager and a licensed aesthetician at the Spa at Spring Ridge, a full-service medical and day spa in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

Can you add a type of massage to this list?

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