Top Things To Know When Considering Getting A Massage


Do you suffer from muscular pain, stiffness or simply stress? Are you wondering what type of massage will work the best for your situation? There are many different types of massage types to choose from. While any type may provide you with relief, some techniques may be a better choice for you. Here are some of the most popular types of massages and what you might expect from them:

Hot stone massage: In this type of massage, heated stones are placed onto your bare skin. The massage practitioner may gently rub one or more of the stones along your body, but this doesn't always occur. This is a very light and soothing massage, good for the relief of daily stress. If you have a chronic ailment, you may want to alternate this type of massage with another type, for maximum relief.

Deep tissue massage: A deep tissue massage is more invigorating than soothing. The massage practitioner will manipulate and stretch your different muscles and connective tissue to improve circulation and help remove stiffness. This stretching and increased circulation can help decrease the formation of scar tissue and may even help eliminate scar tissue that has already formed. Although deep tissue massage may sound like it'd be painful, this is simply untrue. Although you may briefly feel a little sore after an especially vigorous massage, similar to the feeling you might get after a good workout, there should be no actual pain. 

Swedish massage: A Swedish massage is often what people think of when they think about getting a massage. The massage practitioner will use long, smooth strokes that are intended to relax you. There is also kneading and rolling of the skin, however this type of massage is typically not as thorough or as deep as an actual deep tissue massage. If daily stress has caused your shoulder and back muscles to start to feel stiff, a Swedish massage can help to relieve some of the tension.

Shiatsu massage: This type of massage is actually a form of acupressure. The practitioner uses their knowledge of the body's meridian lines to apply pressure to specific points on your body. Just like with acupuncture, applying pressure to different places on your body is believed to help with various ailments. Because this form of massage is performed while you're fully clothed, it's the perfect massage for people who are shy about disrobing in unfamiliar surroundings. 

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