Hot Stone Massage is a massage technique that uses heated stones to relax and massage sore muscles. The stones can be used for their heat alone, or as massage tools used in combination with essential oils used in aromatherapy. The heat helps release the tension in your back and shoulders, mostly, so those muscles can be worked on more effectively.
This is the most common type of massage therapy, what many people are think when they hear the word "massage". Swedish massage uses a combination of these basic movements:
-Long, sweeping strokes (effleurage), usually used at the start and end of a massage
-Muscle kneading and rolling (petrissage), where the muscles are worked on just like kneading dough
-Friction, where deep pressure is applied to a particular spot with the thumb, fingertips, forearm or knuckles
-Rhythmic tapping (tapotement), fast percussion movements like chopping and even pounding.
As the name suggests, deep tissue massage applies deep pressure onto specific trouble points. It is higher than normal pressure focused by pushing into your knotted muscle. The massage can sometimes leave you feeling sore. It's not just more pressure over the entire body, it's a very specific, methodical treatment. The therapist uses knuckles, elbows, and forearms to "strip out" muscle tissue as far down to the bone as possible.
This modality can be helpful to the following people: athletes who are harder than average on their bodies, people who are undergoing physical therapy to aid in the breakdown process of scar tissue, or anyone who has very dense tissue and responds better to this style work.
It is very important to ALWAYS speak up and let your therapist know if you need to correct the pressure. (i.e. if you need them to lighten up because it is too deep, or to apply more because it is not deep enough).
Most everyone needs more pressure in some areas and less in others. This mainly occurs because muscle tissue that contains Trigger Points are more sensitive to pressure and can be tender to the touch.
Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries. Deep tissue and trigger point massages are very similar. The difference is that deep tissue massage uses various traditional massage techniques to work the tissue, whereas trigger point massage is looking to manipulate and focus on one point that relieves tension in an entire area. Which could be in a different physical area.
Sports massage is designed specifically for the very physically active, professional athlete or not. It combines Swedish, Shiatsu, and other techniques to concentrate on the areas that are related to your sport. Athletes often get sports massages to prepare for peak performance, and injury prevention, and treatment. The benefits and effects of sports massage include physical effects such as circulating blood and lymphatic fluids as well as stretching muscle tissue and breaking down scar tissue. There are physiological effects such as reducing pain and relaxing muscles as well as psychological affects which include reducing anxiety levels.
Modern investigation and research has shown that prenatal massage therapy can be an instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, mainly thought the Swedish Massage modality. It is used to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.
Research has shown the benefits of Prenatal massage include but are not limited to: