Years ago, when people needed a massage to ease their body aches and pains, they go to luxury spas and upscale health clubs. Today, massage therapy is available in clinics, hospitals, businesses and even airports. Massage therapy has become very popular lately because of the health benefits it provides.
Different types of massage
- Swedish massage – is one of the most common types of massages. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes and light, rhythmic tapping strokes on the topmost layers of the muscles combined with movement of the joints. Swedish massage is very popular because it is relaxing and invigorating and helps increase blood flow and break down scar tissue.
- Deep tissue massage – is a type of massage that focuses on painful and stiff troublesome spots of the body. Deep tissue massage involves slow deliberate strokes that put pressure on the layers of muscles, tendons and other tissues under the skin. While it is less rhythmic than other types of massages, deep tissue massage relieves chronic patterns of tension and helps with muscle injuries.
- Sports massage – is similar to the Swedish massage but it is more focused on athletes. Sports massage helps the muscle systems that are used for a particular sport to promote flexibility and help prevent injuries. There are different approaches to sports massage to help athletes in the training before, during and after a sports event.
- Shiatsu massage – which means finger pressure in Japanese makes use of different rhythmic pressures on precise points in the body that are called acupressure points. Proponents of the shiatsu massage say that it is important in the flow of the body’s vital energy called chi.
There are many other different types of massages with benefits that go beyond relaxation. Studies have revealed that massage therapy is effective for back pain, headaches, knee osteoarthritis and helps reduce depression and stress.
Another popular type of massage is tantric massage which is a massage technique that involves the whole body including the intimate areas. Unlike other massage therapies, tantric massage incorporates spiritual elements like mindfulness, eye contact and breathing techniques. The goal is to awaken sexual energy and deepen the intimacy between partners.