Swedish Massage- Swedish Massage is one of the most popular types of Massage. It’s also called “relaxation massage” as the main aim of this massage is “relaxation and stress reduction”. Described in simple terms Swedish massage is an act of apply gentle strokes (including kneading and circular movements) of the hand in the direction of the heart. Check out the reviews of a popular center called massage charlotte nc. The five basic types of movement are Effleurage (sliding or gliding), Petrissage (kneading), Tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber or with the fibers) and vibration/shaking. The development Swedish massage was done by Per Henrik Ling and this type of massage is also called “Classic Massage”. Used most often for its relaxation benefits, Swedish massage is the common “introductory” technique for people who have never experienced massage before.
Hot Stone Massage. The main ingredient for a Hot Stone massage are water heated “hot” stones. These stones are kept on the body at specific zones which then helps in increasing circulation. In some cases the massage also involves the therapist pressing the stones gently on the body of the patient in circular or straight motions. If you are in north carolina a popular place to get a hot stone massage in cary nc. The types of stones that are used in Hot Stone Massage are Basalt Stones, which have become circular and have smooth surface.
Thai Massage. The Thai Massage draws inspiration from India and China and is basically a method to clear blockages on the body along the “sen” or energy lines. The main aim for this type of massage is to help in blood circulation and also using the skin stimulating hand movements to increase the flow of lymph in the body. The better circulation of lymph in the body leads to increased immunity. One of the big benefits of Thai Massage is that it’s not at all painful. In Thai Massage the practitioner often does the following
- pulls the client’s toes, fingers, ears, etc., as well as cracks knuckles and
- Walks on the client’s back.
Reflexology. Reflexology is based on the belief that there are pressure points in the foot of a person which relate to specific organs in the body. One gets reflexology massage done with the assumption that stimulating these pressure points would lead to improved circulation, removal of tension, and improved function of that particular organ in the body. The claimed explanation is that pressure received on the feet sends signals that balance the nervous system to release hormones such as “endorphins” which relieve stress.
Deep Tissue Massage – The basic premise of Deep Tissue Massage is that it focusses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues. If there is a muscle injury it leads to adhesions where bands of muscles, tendons and ligaments can block blood circulation, limit movement and cause inflammation. Deep Tissue Massage works to remove these adhesions and promote natural movements in the body.
Shiatsu. Shiatsu is a Japanese technique, which involves using fingers and thumbs to apply pressure to acupuncture/acupressure points to relieve stress and pain. Although more intense than a traditional Swedish massage, Shiatsu can actually be quite relaxing, without the residual soreness of a deep tissue massage. There is however no scientific evidence to support that technique of Shiatsu works.