Types of Massage: Part 2

Last time, we talked about some different kinds of massage and how they can be beneficial to your overall health. Sessions with a trained masseuse can relieve muscle tension and leave you feeling calmer, more relaxed, and carrying less stress. This makes for a healthier you, to be certain.

Swedish

This kind of massage is one of the most common and involves light strokes across the muscles. It doesn’t go very deep into the tissue and generally feels good to the recipient as it’s occurring. It can breakdown some scar tissue and is generally used to relieve tension and general aches and pains.

Neuromuscular Therapy

This type treats the causes of pain by focusing on the nervous system along with the muscles. It looks at trigger points in an effort to treat posture problems, nerve compression, and circulation issues.

Deep Tissue

This is used to relieve pain on specific parts of your body. It can be painful during the treatment because it involves focused pressure on the area of the body that is in pain, including muscles and tendons. After the massage, however, you’ll feel better and likely notice pain relief.

Sports

This kind of treatment helps to relieve pain caused by repetitive motion injuries that usually occur due to sports practice. Depending on the type of activity you take part in, that will determine what type of strokes and treatments are used on you. In any case, this massage type can increase flexibility and help to prevent injuries over time. It can also help to speed up the healing of muscle strains and sprains.

Chair

You’ve definitely seen these in malls and at festivals. A chair massage can be a quick and easy way to relieve some tension and feel better while you’re on the go. You simply sit in a special, very comfortable chair, and the masseuse focuses on your neck, shoulders, back, and arms for about 15 minutes. You pay a small fee for this experience and then go about your day. It can be well worth the expense, especially if you work at a job that causes you pain like sitting at a desk all day.

These are just a few different types of massage that may interest you. Next time, we’ll talk about even more types that you should consider and some of the benefits of each so you can make an informed decision before heading off to the salon.

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About Doug Powell

Doug Powell, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Florida offering Swedish, deep tissue, sports and therapeutic massage therapy. He is a graduate of the Orlando Institute of Massage Therapy where he finished his studies at the top of his class. He has practiced professional massage therapy in Orlando since 1996 and is a member of the Massage Network and International Massage Association.
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