We have all heard that getting a massage has several benefits. It is widely believed that getting a regular massage helps in weight loss, skin tightening, stress relief, fat burn, muscle conditioning, and relieving soreness in the body.
Massage therapy is a touch-sensitive treatment for the manipulation of soft tissues, muscles, and tendons in the body. Therapists, acupuncturists, aestheticians, and physiotherapists use massage therapy in standard applications such as stroking, pressing, rubbing, and spot conditioning to remedy issues and problems with the human body. Steady pressure is applied to different parts of the body from light to deep strokes to ease the pain, relieve cramps and aches.
We’ve teamed up David Hurely, a qualified master practitioner in sports therapy from Future Focus, to look at some of the best massage styles around the world and how you can benefit from them. Before booking a massage appointment, ensure you have all necessary information about safety, security, reputation, oils used, prices, and time taken for the session.
In aromatherapy massages, essential oils in different scents are used to alleviate discomfort. These oils are used in specific quantities on the skin and at correct temperatures to help solve a problem with the body. Lavender oil is used for relaxation and soothing away stressful muscles and cramps. Mandarin oil is used to treat insomnia, anxiety, or scarred tissues. Frankincense oil has antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe coughs, deepens breathing, aids during meditation, and assists in relaxing.
Different oils are used according to the condition being treated. Aromatherapy massage can be an effective treatment for stress, anxiety, relaxation, rashes, irritation, and skin conditions, hormone imbalances, and so on.
Swedish massage is the most popular massage in the world today. Akin to a relaxing massage, the Swedish massage consists of a series of relaxing strokes, gentle pressure, smooth movements, controlled pressure, kneading of the muscles to ease the strain, circular motions to improve blood flow, and friction techniques to relieve cramps. According to www.doctor-4-u.co.uk, Swedish massage helps in pain alleviation, increasing blood flow throughout the body, easing cramped muscles, muscular soreness, and improving the overall immune system of the body.
Chair massages are increasing in popularity since there are no oils required during this massage treatment. Therapists help massage the back, shoulders, neck, nape, shoulders, arms, hands, and legs while you are comfortably seated on a chair. Since there are no oils used, you do not need to change clothes and shower after the massage. You are also fully clothed during the massage and can be treated in the presence of other people.
Chair massages by therapists are frequently compared to motorised massages by massage chairs. Vibration and pressure help reenergise and balance the body resulting in a relaxing massage that rejuvenates.
The chair massage is used to ease muscular soreness, soothe and stimulate the back and neck muscles, and relax.
Deep Tissue Massage
As the name suggests, deep tissue massage is performed by therapists and sports therapists who concentrate on specific problematic areas of the body for spot treatment. Forceful strokes (deep in pressure) are applied directly to the affected areas slowly to treat the deeper layers of muscles. Dynamic techniques ensure in-depth penetration of oils, treatment gels, and muscle relaxants to all the layers of the muscles. Gentle, soothing techniques are then applied to the remainder of the body to ease the strain caused by surrounding tissue.
Deep tissue massage is beneficial for sports injuries, shoulder pains, neck aches, musculoskeletal disorders, and muscle tension in the lower back and thighs.
The Thai massage is a popular form of massage that has gotten very famous in the past two decades. Thai massages are known to align and elevate the energy zones of the body. The overall effect of a Thai massage is an energising one that leaves little room for drowsiness or sleepiness. Blocked energy is released in muscles, joints, and the head and nape to bring immediate relief and a sense of alertness. Thai massages also help the blood flow around the body and improve blood circulation to cure headaches and migraines. With relaxing and straightforward yoga-like positions, the flexibility and range of motion get enhanced to reduce constant stiffness in the body.
Thai massages are used for alleviating aches and pains, improving flexibility and mood, relieving back pain, and loosening tension in the muscles.
Several massage therapies are popularly sought after. With the hectic schedules that most people lead in today’s world, it is ideal to re-center the mind with the body. Excellent for improving the overall health of the body; regular massages can save thousands of dollars in medication and treatment at a later stage.