Swedish massage therapy is the best known type of massage and is what typically comes to mind when most people think of massage. One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is whole body relaxation. This is done by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy provides greater benefits than relaxation. Swedish massage is incredibly beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, improving circulation and flexibilty while decreasing muscle toxins and easing tension.
Deep Tissue Massage
Similar to Swedish Massage, deep tissue massage therapy uses deeper pressure which may be beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The massage therapist focuses on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Research has shown that deep tissue massage reduces stress hormone levels and heart rates, enhances mood and relation. Deep tissue massage triggers the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Aromatherapy massage therapy is done with highly concentrated essential oils from plants, added to the massage oil or lotion.
Our sense of smell is important to our well being and the limbic system, which manages our sense of small, controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones.
When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system.
It is also believed that essential oils are absorbed through the skin.
Each essential oil has different benefits for healing. Below are some examples
- relaxing – chamomile, lavender
- uplifting – ylang-ylang, clary sage, rose
- energizing – rosemary
- cleansing – rosemary
- decongesting – eucalyptus, pine, tea tree
Aromatherapy massage is well suited to emotional or stress-related conditions such as insomnia, headache, PMS, back pain and digestive disorders.
Acupressure massage therapy technique uses finger pressure to mobilize chi — or life force energy — at specific spots on the body called acupuncture points. Stimulated without needles thes points can release blocked energy in the body, promoting enhanced flow of chi to improve health.
Acupressure massage therapy stimulates the body’s healing energies to enhance wellness and help prevent disease. By pressing on specific points to promote energy flow to parts of the body that are out of balance, acupressure massage therapy can enhance or enable healing.
Literally translated to “push and grasp”, Tui Na massage is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originating 5,000 years ago. It is often used together with acupuncture and Chinese herbs for healing.
Tui Na or Tuina massage is often used to help increase range of motion, regulate nerves, and improve blood circulation. As an increasingly popular massage therapy technique, Tui Na massage works effectively to treat muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Tui Na is focused on acupuncture points and the muscles and joints surrounding the affected area. Used together with acupressure massage it can help increase the body’s vital energy. It is often used to treat chronic fatigue, shoulder and back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis and respiratory issues. Rather than full body relaxation as it’s objective, Tui Na is focused on specific ailments.