Different Massage Therapy Techniques and Their Benefits Explained

October 26th, 2019

Different Massage Therapy Techniques and Their Benefits Explained

There are various types of massage therapy techniques, over 80 of them, which are used globally for healing and relaxation purposes. Every massage technique has its own benefits and serves different purposes as per the need of a person.

While there are over 80 massage therapies over the world, here are 5 of the most common ones along with their benefits explained.

Swedish Massage:

This is a gentle massage therapy and is also known as the “Classic Massage”. The massage is best suited for people who are new to massage therapy and sensitive to touch. Swedish massage can release muscle knots and help one to relax during a session. The massage technique uses a combination of kneading, vibration, tapping, and passive joint movements.

Benefits

  • Improved immunity
  • Increased blood flow
  • Flexibility
  • Decrease in stress levels
  • Pain management
 

Hot Stone Massage

This massage therapy involves the use of smooth, heated stones that are placed on specific points of the body. The localized heat and weight of the stones warm and relax muscles, allowing a massage therapist to apply deeper pressure to the same areas without causing discomfort.

Benefits

  • Relief from stress and anxiety
  • Better sleep cycle
  • Increase in the flexibility of joints
  • Alleviates back pain

Acupressure

Based on the theories of traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure uses finger pressure to mobilise the body’s chi, also known as life force energy, for better health and well-being. Acupressure massage therapy spurs and stimulates the body’s own healing power to prevent illness. To promote the flow of energy to a part of the body that might be experiencing disease or discomfort, acupressure massage therapists press on specific points to enable the affected area to heal more quickly.

Benefits

  • Relief from chronic pain
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Comfort to an injury or point of pain
  • Relieves stress, depression, anxiety and tension

Aromatherapy

This is another form of the Swedish massage therapy that uses lotions or oils that contain essential ingredients from highly concentrated plant oils. Every essential oil used for aromatherapy serves a different purpose. The massage works when the molecules of the essential oils are inhaled by a person or are absorbed by the skin.

Benefits

  • Boosts memory
  • Assists in quick recovery
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Alleviates pain
  • Improves sleep

Deep Tissue Massage

Similar to the Swedish massage, Deep tissue massage therapy involves the use of more pressure to reach the deepest layers of muscle tissues, fascia, and tendons. This massage is focused on healing specific problems like low back pain, limited mobility, chronic muscle pain and recovery from an injury to name a few. Deep tissue massage is used to break up scar tissues and physically break down muscle “knots” or bands of painful, rigid tissue that results in the disruption of blood circulation and cause pain.

Benefits

  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Treats back pain
  • Helps manage Arthritis pain/symptoms
  • Muscle rehab
  • Breaks down scar tissue
  • Relieves stress
  • Increases joint mobility
  • Reduces chronic pain

Get in touch with the many benefits of massages at O2 Spa. The wide-ranging spa therapies will help you find inner peace and improve your holistic health.


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