Types of massage
There are many different types of massage available, so we’ll be dealing with the most popular types. We’d love your feedback and comments, especially if you feel that we’ve missed something or made an error.
Aromatherapy massage is a type of massage therapy that uses one or more essential oils. Different oils are used to address different needs, for example lemon oil is used for it’s anti-stress/anti-depressant powers.
Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to conditions involving stress, headaches, PMS and back pain.
The primary aim of the Swedish massage (also referred to as a “classic massage”) technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by using five basic strokes, which are effleurage (stroking), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), petrissage (kneading), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking.
Swedish massage has been proven to reduce pain and ease joint stiffness. It’s also claimed to help with individuals who suffer with poor circulation. A recent study from New York claimed that random volunteers who received a 45 minute Swedish massage enjoyed significant decreases in stress levels and a increase in the number of white blood cells that help the immune system.
Deep Tissue Massage
This type of massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach the deeper layers of muscle and tissue. It’s normally used for chronic aches and pain in the neck, upper and lower back and leg muscles.
During a deep tissue massage you may feel some discomfort or pain and you should always tell your massage therapist if you feel pain as the therapist may need to adjust their technique.
For an authentic Thai Massage. the recipient normally wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. It uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body’s energy systems.
The benefits of Thai massage are numerous, with the most predominant being the maintenance of good health and the ability to treat a wide spectrum of health concerns. Traditional Thai massage is known for its ability to clear the energy pathways.
Sports massage is a form of massage geared toward sport participants. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for sporting activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help recover from workouts and injuries.
Some of the uses for the massage therapy are: injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, muscle manipulation, range of motion and pre/post workout recovery.
Erotic massage has been around for several centuries and although widely advertised in adult ‘massage parlors’ a real erotic massage is difficult to find.
During this massage, the massage therapist focuses on the erogenous zones of the client with the aim to enhance their sexual excitation or arousal and to achieve orgasm. It can also be used professionally to help men address issues of premature ejaculation. Methods employed may teach the recipient to relax the musculature of the pelvis to prolong arousal and increase pleasure.