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What Types of Massage Therapy are Best for You?

Aug 18, 2007
There are many types of massage therapy. Almost everyone can benefit from massage therapy whether they are young or old, sick or healthy, male or female. Massage's benefits can range from simple relaxation to healing. Which massage therapies are available, and how can they benefit you?

Massage therapy techniques can help a person to heal better by aiding the person's ability to heal. It can help with headaches and help to relieve tension and stress. It is truly remarkable the healing power of touch and massage. There are many massage techniques and complementary therapies and we will explore some of them briefly here.

What are some of the main categories of massage professions?

Medical massage
Energy massage

What are some of the therapies that complement massage?

Osteopathy
Aromatherapy
Reflexology

While these are a few of the complementary therapies to go with massage the two main professions can further be divided by specializations and uses. Some of the medical profession uses massage to assist with:

Sports healing
Certain stretching massages with exercise
Orthopedic
Massage that is for the neuromuscular area

There are massage techniques focused on energy in the body. These include:

Touch therapy
Reiki
Polarity which can be a combination of touch and polarity

There are many types of massages that can be used by a professional therapist for general problems, as well as therapists who practice only a specific therapy. What are some of the massage therapies and what do they seek to accomplish in general? Let's take a look.

Some oriental massage therapies are:

Acupressure: is based on acupuncture only it doesn't utilize any needles at all and utilizes some deep tissue massage with pressure being applied along certain points or areas of the body. However it does not normally use any lotions or oils.

Shiatsu: the goal is to combine some acupressure and some massage and is focused somewhat on relieving discomfort and balancing one's energy.

In addition to the above, there are a number of other well-known techniques:

One of the most basic massages is Swedish massage. It utilizes long and basically gentle strokes that can be used on all the various groups of muscles. It is mainly used to help ease and relieve tension and is known for improving circulation.

Along the same lines as Swedish massage is relaxation massage as it utilizes a flowing and smooth technique.

There is workplace massage.

A very specific massage of therapeutic value to the cranium called Cranial Sacral massage therapy. This is applied to the neck and the head.

A very medical application called remedial massage. It emphasizes a paramedical treatment that helps to achieve the restoration of and function of the soft tissue such as ligaments, tendons, muscles that have been injured. This utilizes many types of massage and includes self treatment at home.

To achieve a balance in the body there is a therapy that uses the reflex points in the feet. These points have matching or corresponding areas in the body. The therapist or if doing this yourself will apply pressure to these points with the thumb and fingers.

Certain massage therapies can be benefited or enhanced with the healing powers of essential oils and this would be called aromatherapy massage.

The massage therapy that involves deep tissue massage has several different massage techniques that apply some of the methods used in deep tissue massage. Deep tissue massage involves many different types of strokes and involved some of these techniques such as;

Sports massage
Massage of the Connective Tissue
trigger point therapy
Neuromuscular massage Techniques

Finally, there is Hot Stone Massage which helps to increase blood flow to the muscles and is sometime used in conjunction with a Pilates workout.

There are many uses for massage therapy. Find a technique that helps you achieve overall well-being and helps you achieve the health goal you seek. Even a massage from a good pal will be beneficial.
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Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Massage Therapy.
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