February 26, 2017

What Type of Massage is Good for You

So you need a massage; either due to a headache, backache, deep body pains, sprains, muscle soreness, muscular tearing or simply owing to body calmness and relaxation. But you are confused to choose one out of several types of massage having their own individual benefits. Depending upon the type of your requirement (most reasons mentioned above), here is a quick guide to some of the most popular types of massage therapy. We can offer a wide choice of options for both massage insurance and holistic insurance.

Presenting complaints: 

You are an office worker or you have to sit in front of a computer screen for many hours and your upper back, shoulders, and neck are chronically sore.

Type: Swedish massage therapy Best For:

  • Decreasing muscle toxins
  • Relaxation and relief from stress
  • Improving flexibility, blood flow and level of oxygen in the blood

Why: It is the most common type of massage for good reason. It is actually a combination of different movements; i.e. Muscle kneading, Friction rolling, Long, sweeping strokes and Rhythmic tapping. These movements are applied in such a way that they tend to release tension & soreness, warm up muscles, eliminate toxins (by increasing local blood flow) and gradually breaking up muscle knots and adhered tissues.

Type: Deep tissue massage or sports massage Best For:

  • Postural problems
  • Muscular tears and injuries
  • Release chronic muscle tension

Why: A type neuromuscular massage that specifically targets the neuronal trigger points and neuromuscular junctions that cause chronic muscle tension, knots, and pulled muscles. Two of the most common subtypes of deep tissue massage are tapotement (high-intensity rhythmic tapping motions using fingertips for general body aches) and petrissage (application of deep pressure onto specific trouble points rather than the whole body).

Type: Deep tissue massage or sports massage Best For:

Presenting complaints: You are so depressed, so tensed that your lower back and other parts of the body feels like concrete. You have a whole day standing job.

  • Stimulating nerve function
  • Boost energy and induce a deep relaxation

Why: Also called foot massage or sometimes hand massage, reflexology is a form of gentle therapeutic treatment that uses pressure on certain points of the feet and hands in specific dimensions and positions. It is believed that these reflex areas on the hands and feet correspond to particular organs and systems in the body (e.g. little finger corresponds to head region including the face, ears, eyes and sinuses). This method has been used anciently to treat people with degenerating diseases and chronic ailments.

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Eamonn

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