With so many different kinds of massage out there it’s easy to feel under pressure when choosing what kind of knead you need. Do you want something to help you simply chill out and de-stress or do you need an energy boost? Do you have an injury which needs treating or are you athletic and want to prevent yourself getting injured? Well relax and read our straight forward guide on what massage will get you back on track:

The Knowhow

Massage can help:

  • Relieve tension
  • Reduce stress
  • Treat and prevent injuries
  • Improve energy

What are the different kinds:

Aromatherapy: helps stress-related conditions using oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing etc.

Deep Tissue: used for tight or painful muscles, strain or recovery from injury this massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and tissue by using slower strokes or friction techniques.

Hot stone: good for people with muscle tension but who want a lighter massage. Warms and loosens tight muscles by the placing of heated, smooth stones on certain parts of the body.

Reflexology: involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body.

Shiatsu: Japanese art of massage which uses pressure on the acupuncture points to improve energy.

Sports Massage: for sports people with the focus on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage and facilitated stretching is a common technique.

Swedish: A relaxing experience which uses long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.

Thai: reduces stress and improves flexibility by using gentle pressure on specific points and gentle stretching.

Reflexology: involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body.

Hopefully after reading our guide you are feeling more tranquil and know which kind of massage would work best for you. Whether you need a straightforward way to relax or whether you are treating an injury - the choice of massage you opt for is in your hands.

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Updated On:

Oct 13, 2011

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