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Deciding Which Type of Massage is Right for You

Massage therapy has become so popular there are now many different types of massage offered. If you’ve never had a massage before choosing which type of massage is best for you can be a bit overwhelming. Read on to understand more about the most popular types of massage and decide which type is the best one for you.

Swedish massage is the most common type of massage, at least in the U.S. The type of massage is also know as massage therapy. A Swedish massage features long smooth strokes as well as circular movements and kneading. Massage oil and lotion is also commonly used. Some of the major benefits of Swedish massage is that it can be very relaxing and also quite gentle. This is a good type of massage for first time massage clients to try.

Aromatherapy massage is a type of therapy massage that includes the use of essential oils for particular needs. Essential oils are extracted for the core of scented plants. Many types of essential oils are used for relaxation purposes as well as to reduce stress, energize and more. Lavender is one of the most common types of essential oils used in aromatherapy massage. This type of massage is an excellent choice for individuals who frequently feel stressed.

Hot stone massage involves the use of smooth heated stones that are placed on parts of the body in an effort to loosen and warm tight muscles. This type of massage can also be used to balance energy areas in the body. Generally, the massage therapist will hold the stones and apply gentle pressure during the massage. This pressure and warmth is quite comforting and not painful. Individuals who suffer from muscle tension but who do not want a very physical massage are well suited for hot stone massage.

Deep tissue massage is aimed at the deeper layers of connective tissue and muscle. This type of massage features slower strokes than many other types of massage. Deep tissue massage is a good choice for persons who suffer from chronic painful or tight muscles. In addition, person who undergo repetitive strain, are recovering from injury or who have posture problems are also good candidates for this type of massage. Be aware that it is common to experience some soreness up to two days after a deep tissue massage.

A Shiatsu massage is a type of Japanese bodywork that features very localized finger pressure. Each point on the body is held for several seconds during a Shiatsu massage in an effort to improve energy flow and assist the body in regaining balance. While a Shiatsu massage may sound painful, it is actually quite relaxing and the pressure is more firm than painful. In addition, most clients suffer no soreness following the massage.

Pregnancy massage is another type of massage growing in popularity. This type of massage is also known as pre-natal massage. Be aware if you are interested in this type of massage it is best to seek treatment from a certified pregnancy massage therapist who has been trained to properly position and support the expectant mother’s body during the massage. Benefits of pregnancy massage include reduction of stress, decrease in swelling and alleviation of pains and aches.

Thai massage is somewhat similar to Shiatsu in that the intent is to align the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. The difference between the two is that Thai massage also features stretches and compressions. Benefits include improvement in flexibility and range of motion.

Sports massage is geared for individuals who are involved in physical activity, although this does not necessarily mean athletics. Persons who are active or work out often may also be good candidates for this type of massage. A variety of techniques are used with the sports massage. The strokes utilized are generally faster than many other types of massage and may also include stretching to loosen muscles and improve flexibility.
 
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