Types of Massage: Part 3

Welcome to the third and final segment of our series about different types of massage. You may recall in our previous two posts, we talked about several different types that can be used to treat a variety of conditions, ailments, and problems. Today, we’re continuing along that same thread to offer even more ideas that are certain to result in relaxed muscles and a much calmer version of yourself.

First, there is shiatsu, which literally translates as finger pressure. It involves the use of pressure on different parts of the body, specifically on acupressure points. The idea is to relieve blockages at these points to improve the flow of chi in the body.

Next, is Thai massage, which involves the compression of muscles, acupressure, and the movement of various joints. It’s very demanding on the masseuse, who must use his body to bend the client into these various positions.

Another type you should know about is reflexology, which uses the hands to stimulate the feet. Different spots on the feet are associated with different parts of the body. Stimulation of these spots is said to promote healing in the body and improve overall health.

Still another type involves the use of hot stones. These stones are warmed up then placed on acupressure points all over the body. The stones can be rubbed or pressed onto the skin to stimulate the body and work out knots or they can just be left to sit and allow the warmth to penetrate the skin.

Lastly, there’s pregnancy massage, which is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment used on women while they are pregnant. It focuses on reducing stress and relieving muscle pain while taking into account the changes pregnancy makes on the body including the loosening of joints and ligaments. Basically, proper precautions are taken to prevent injury. Likewise, this treatment provides pregnant women with pain relief when traditional pain relievers are typically off-limits.

We’ve now reached the end of this series about different types of massage, what they are, and what benefits they provide. It may be a bit overwhelming at first, but now that you know the different types that are out there, you can make an informed decision about what treatments you will pursue to relieve your muscle aches and pains. Hopefully, you now understand that massage goes beyond just the relief of tension as well. It’s a multifaceted form of treatment.

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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. If you suffer from chronic muscle tension, pain or persistent stress, discover how my professional services can help you! Get Well and Stay Well My goal as a natural health care practitioner is to encourage the body and mind to regain and maintain their normal function. Indeed, when you create health, dis-ease disappears. As you help the body regain it’s normal function, many health problems resolve naturally. Some of the conditions I have successfully worked with include: low back pain joint pain neck and shoulder pain chronic low energy/weakness stress overload Is This Work Right for You? People come to me for a variety of reasons. For many, a weekly massage serves as an antidote to stress or as a recuperative phase of their fitness program. Others are looking for help with chronic pain or injuries. The services I offer are tailored to meet your needs whether you are ill, in tip-top shape, or somewhere in between. The goal is to increase your wellness: your vitality, your ease of movement, the function of your body, and your peace of mind.
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