Massage is the practice of rubbing and kneading the body using the hands. During a massage, your massage therapist will apply gentle or strong pressure to the muscles and joints of the body to ease pain and tension.

Massage therapy has a long history in cultures around the world. Today, people use many different types of massage therapy for a variety of health-related purposes.

Types of Massage

Swedish massage: this is the most common form of massage and it is a gentle type of full-body massage that is ideal for people who just want to relax, have a lot of body tension or are sensitive to touch.

Hot stone massage: this is best for people who have muscle pain and tension or who simply want to relax. It is very similar to the Swedish massage, the massage therapist uses heated stones in addition to their hands. It eases muscle tension, improves blood flow, and relieves pain by using heated stones.

Aromatherapy massage: this is a massage for the mind. It combines regular massage and the use of essential oils. Aromatherapy massages are best for people who want to have an emotional healing component to their massage.  It reduces stress and anxiety, improves moods and reduces symptoms of depression

Deep tissue massage: During a deep tissue massage, your massage therapist will use slow strokes and deep finger pressure to relieve tension from the deepest layers of your muscles and connective tissues. It can help relieve tight muscles, chronic muscle pain, and anxiety.

Reflexology: uses gentle to firm pressure on different pressure points of the feet, hands, and ears. It is best for people want to relax or restore their natural energy levels.

Lymphatic Drainage: this is popularly done after surgical procedures to reduce water retention in the body, reduce swelling, and relieve pain. It is not a conventional form of massage and hence, requires a lot of expertise.

Couples massage: is a massage that you do with your partner, friend, or family member in the same room. It comes in a package, where you and your partner can choose any type of desired massage in addition with other treatments such as pedicures, facials, and body scrubs.

Bamboo massage: therapy is essentially the same as deep tissue massage or Swedish massage. However, rather than the therapist simply using their hands to warm the muscles and reduce pain in the ligaments and joints, the therapist uses a roll of heated bamboo or any wooden tool.

Others include:

Shiatsu massage

Thai massage

Prenatal massage

Sports massage

Trigger point massage

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