Swedish massage therapy is the most well-known massage technique 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 accomplished by using appropriate pressure on the muscles, using long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage therapy provides much greater benefits than just relaxation. It is incredibly beneficial for helping to increase the level of oxygen in the blood, improve circulation and flexibility, helping to decrease muscle toxins, and ease muscle tension.
Deep Tissue Massage
Similar to Swedish Massage, deep tissue massage therapy uses a 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, which form the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones, and joints.
Research has shown that deep tissue massage can reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate, and enhance mood and relaxation. Deep tissue massage triggers the release of the hormones oxytocin and serotonin, which help you to feel happy and calm.
Aromatherapy massage involves the use of highly concentrated essential oils from plants, which are added to the massage oil or lotion.
Our sense of smell is important to our well being. The limbic system, which manages our sense of smell, controls emotions, influences both the nervous system and hormones, can be positively impacted with essential oils.
When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system, which affects your heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system itself!
It is also believed that some essential oils can be effective when absorbed through the skin.
Each essential oil has different benefits for healing, including:
- Relaxing – Chamomile, Lavender
- Uplifting – Ylang-Ylang, Clary Sage, Rose
- Energizing – Rosemary
- Cleansing – Rosemary
- Decongesting – Eucalyptus, Pine, Tea Tree
Aromatherapy massage is well suited for helping those with emotional or stress-related conditions such as insomnia, headache, PMS, back pain, and digestive disorders.
Acupressure massage therapy utilizes finger pressure to mobilize chi — life-force energy — at specific spots on the body called acupuncture points. Stimulated without needles these points can release blocked energy in the body, which promotes the enhanced flow of chi to improve health.
Acupressure massage therapy stimulates the body’s healing energies to enhance wellness and help prevent disease. By promoting energy flow to parts of the body that are out of balance, acupressure massage therapy can enhance your body’s natural healing.
Literally translated to “push and grasp,” Tui Na massage is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originating more than 5,000 years ago. It is often used in combination with acupuncture and Chinese herbs for healing.
Tui Na or Tuina massage can be used to help increase your range of motion, regulate nerves, and improve blood circulation. An increasingly popular massage therapy technique, Tui Na massage works effectively to treat muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Tui Na focuses on acupuncture points, and the muscles and joints surrounding the affected area. Used together with acupressure, this massage 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.