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What Type of Massage Should I Choose?

Updated: Feb 15

This article is a short insight into the different types of massages available aimed at helping you to choose the massage discipline that is most beneficial for you. As a massage therapist this is one of the most frequent questions I get asked: what type of massage do I advise my clients to have? In my 15 years practice I found that there are 3 main reasons for anyone seeking to receive a massage that actually helps me to guide my clients to choose the right therapy for them.

Reason #1: Injury Rehabilitation

Reason #2: General Discomfort

Reason #3: Relaxation

Reason #1: Injury Rehabilitation.

Depending on the type of the injury I would recommend starting with the least invasive treatments possible as even the most basic massage will support the body’s natural healing process. However, if someone suffered from a more complex injury than they might need a more specialised treatment that i.e. a Sports Massage Therapist can offer.


Reason #2: General Discomfort

We all experience general discomfort, aches and pains in our body at times, whether it is due to occupational hazards i.e. compromised posture at work or our demanding at-home, daily activities. Depending on your preference and needs you will most likely benefit from either a Relaxation or a Deep Tissue Massage as there is a flow to the treatment, which allows the recipient to relax more into the session. Those with extra tight musculature will also benefit from more stretching techniques incorporated into their treatments i.e Thai Massage, Thai Table Massage.


Reason #3: Relaxation

Those who lead a busy life, feel unbalanced and mentally overwhelmed or very simply enjoy the calming, unwinding benefits of a massage would probably enjoy a Relaxation Massage the most.

If you are interested in knowing a little more about certain massage therapies please read on as I give you a quick summary of a few of my favourite therapies:


1. Swedish / Relaxation Massage

What is it?

Relaxation massage is based on basic Swedish massage techniques and the therapist uses longer more relaxing massage strokes to promote relaxation both in the physical body by reducing tension in the muscles and the mind as the receiver will feel calmer and more ready for the day.

Who benefits from it?

It is a great first session when you just want to get to know the therapist’s touch without wanting to commit to a longer session or to a different treatment, which requires additional, more advanced techniques. Also, this type of massage is a great choice for those who truly appreciate the psychological and relaxation benefits of the massage.


2. Deep Tissue Massage

What is it?

A Deep Tissue Massage Therapist uses traditional relaxation massage strokes but the pressure is built up so that the therapist can work deep into the muscle and connective tissue layers. It is great if you have chronic muscle aches or super tight musculature.

Who benefits from it?

Anyone who is prone to develop tightness and sore muscles due to their lifestyles as well as those who enjoy and benefit from the stronger, deeper pressure that is being used during the session.


3. Sports Massage

What is it?

A Sports Massage Therapist uses relaxation and deep tissue massage techniques as well as many additional and advanced techniques like Soft Tissue Release (STR), Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) and Trigger Point Release (TPR) that allows the therapist to focus more on certain problematic / injured areas in the body. It is great for injury prevention, muscle maintenance, and during injury rehabilitation.

Who benefits from it?

You do not need to be a professional athlete to benefit from Sports Massage though it is a more popular choice amongst sports people and fitness enthusiasts as they are more likely to encounter sports injuries and they are a bit more aware of the healing benefits of the massage.


4. Lava Shell Massage

What is Lava Shell Massage?

Lava Shell massage is basically the little sister of hot stone massage; it is a mobile heat treatment. The therapist is using a couple of heated Tiger striped clam as a tool to deliver deeper pressure. The clam is super smooth and the heat warms the body up making the receiver feel nice and cozy. The massage also increases tissue elasticity, reduces muscle tension, soothe pain-irritated nerve endings and draws more blood to any injured area that delivers more oxygen and nutrients to recover faster.


Who benefits from it?

EVERYONE! It feels super luxurious, smooth and comforting and even the most muscle bound person will appreciate the the calming and relaxing benefits of this treatment.


5. Thai Massage

What is it?

An authentic Thai massage is performed on the floor with the receiver lying on a mat fully clothed. The therapists use their thumbs, fingers, palms, elbow, feet to apply pressure on certain body parts over the client’s clothing in order to ease muscle tightness, encourage the energy flow and they also position their own body and the limbs and body of the client’s in order to perform passive stretches to increase mobility.

Who benefits from it?

This style of massage is beneficial for everyone, in fact in Thailand having regular Thai massage is part of their culture and is an integral component of Thai Traditional medicine too. Even the elderly and the less mobile can receive it as due to the vast and variable techniques the massage can be adopted to different positions.


6. On-Site Massage (Seated Acupressure Massage)

What is it?

It is dynamic massage of the upper body: back, arms, shoulders, neck and head on a specially designed chair. This massage is aimed at releasing muscular tension, improving joint mobility, preventing Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), reducing pain and encouraging soft tissue recovery. The pressure can be light and relaxing or deeper to get muscle knots worked out.


Who benefits from it?

This type of massage is a great choice for those who want to have a quick massage focused on the neck, shoulders, upper back area and without the need to undress or using any massage medium. Perfect in a corporate environment or at exhibitions.

7. Reflexology

What is it?

The theory behind Reflexology is that all our bodily organs are reflected on our feet and and that applying pressure with the thumb on certain pressure points will rebalance the energy flow in the entire body. It also helps easing stiffness and increases flexibility in the foot and is very stimulating and comforting at the same time.


Who benefits from it?

Anyone who suffers from stress related symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, disturbed concentration and for those who wish to improve their spiritual well being or just want to relax.


Of course there are many other types of therapies available as well that I didn’t cover but I hope you found the above information useful and you will be able to choose a massage that you like the sound of.


Have a lovely day!


Eva


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