You might be thinking of a massage, whether you’re staying at a hotel that offers this perk, or you simply feel one might benefit you. But there are so many types out there. How do you choose the one that’s right for you? Read on, learn about each one, and you’ll be on your way to those indescribable feelings relaxation and nirvana.
Swedish Massage: No, this method is not for Swedes only. Unlike Asian massage techniques, it’s based on Western concepts of anatomy. Performed by a licensed therapist, Swedish massage sessions usually last an hour or less, and concentrate on working out “kinks” and tight spots in muscles. Have no fear of pain or of uncomfortable exposure. The therapist will listen to your requests and respect your privacy. Health benefits include the well-known reduced tension, better blood circulation, improved lymphatic system function, leg cramp relief and prevention, and reduced pain caused by medical conditions. The reason it’s called Swedish massage? The technique and the discipline of physical therapy were both developed by Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish physiologist, in the early 1800s.
Therapeutic Massage: This is massage taken to the next level. A bit more intense than Swedish massage, it’s beneficial for many reasons. Therapeutic massage is employed as a complement to medical treatment for a number of conditions:
Patients undergoing physical therapy for injuries or muscle or joint disorders
Care for people with cancer or other diseases
Psychological and emotional conditions
Deep Tissue Massage: Its name describes this type of massage. With slower movements
and stronger pressure, this method benefits people with chronic muscle discomfort.
Fusion Massage: Unlike Swedish massage, it’s a combination of Asian-style treatment. Either performed on a table or in a chair, fusion massage utilizes pressure on specific points, yoga, and other methods to effect healing.
Hot Rock Therapy: Even though the name of this type of massage sounds painful, it’s not! The rocks placed on strategic locations are warm, and therein lies the benefit.
These are only a few of the wonderful types of massage therapies available. There is one that is definitely right for you!