Massage techniques and modalities continue to evolve. Here are 4 of the most popular types of massage sought by clients, including: sport massage, Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage and pregnancy.
Below are 4 common massage techniques:
Sport massage is designed to help you train better, whether you’re a world champion or a weekend warrior. The techniques are similar to those in Swedish and deep tissue massage, but Greene says sports massage has been adapted to meet the athlete’s special needs. Pre-event massage can help warm up muscles and improve circulation before competition, but it can also energize or relax an athlete and help him focus on the competition. Post-event massage can push waste products out of the body and improve recovery. Source: Care2
Swedish Massage Therapy
This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also known as Swedish massage or simply massages therapy.
Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.
Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing.
If you’ve never had massage before, this is a good one to try first. Source: Altmedicine.about.com
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people’s blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin. Source: MassageEnvy
Pregnancy massage techniques are specialized due to the nature of pregnancy. The areas that are covered are primarily the back and buttocks, legs and feet. For the back and buttocks, the masseuse will use a soft fist and will draw their knuckles from the neck down to the hips and will then run the fist back upward to the ribs. The masseuse will also apply pressure just below the base of the spine between the buttocks using the palm of their hand. Legs and feet will be rubbed softly. These techniques will relax the muscles and increase the blood circulation. Source: Slideshare.net