What is massage?

Massage is an organized manipulation of soft tissues to normalize them. Alternatively, we can say that Massage is the tradition of rubbing and kneading the body parts using the hands to relax muscle tissue. It overcomes disquieting contractions and seizures. Massage can also reduce nerve compression and improve blood circulation.

However, you can only get a good result of Massage when an experienced Massage Therapist performs it. Therefore, always spent some time to find the best massage therapist for getting a massage. In this article we discuss the various types of Massage and its Benefits.

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Different Types of Massages And Their Benefits

For getting the most concrete result after the Massage, the one thing which we all need to know is the “different types of massage and their benefits.” It helps in choosing the best Massage as per your body’s requirements.

Whenever you visit a Spa or make a call to a massage therapist, he/she come with a list of different types of Massage. However, here I am mentioning only the Five most useful and beneficial message types. Let’s have a look!

Massage therapist working on client

Swedish Massage

Before discussing the Swedish Massage, I would like to clear a misconception about this Massage. As the name of this Massage is Swedish Massage, most of the people assume that it was originated in Sweden, which is wrong. It was invented by a Swedish fencing instructor named Per Henrik Ling in the year 1830. That is why it is known as Swedish Massage.

Swedish Massage is one of the most popular massages in America. Especially among the patient suffering from osteoarthritis. While performing this massage therapist uses his/her hands, forearms, or elbows. To guide the superficial layers of your muscles to improve blood circulation in the tissue.

Swedish Massage usually includes passive and active joint movements, stretching and bending of the joints such as the knee, elbow, and shoulder. With the assistance of the therapist to achieve the desired result.

  • Boost the level of oxygen in the blood
  • Reducing muscle toxins and flexibility while easing tension.
  • Increased blood circulation
  • Relief Pain
  • Regular Massage increases and improves lymphatic fluid flow & drainage
  • Swedish Massage induces relaxation
  • Massage stimulates the immune system

Deep Tissue Massage

As its name, Deep tissue massage itself explains that this type of Massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Or in simple words deep layers of muscle.

Deep Tissue Massage is most useful for the person who involves in high physical activity or sports. This Massage is very popular among athletes. If you sustain a physical injury like tennis elbow, you can go for a Deep Tissue Massage.

Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage:

  • Reduces Stress.
  • Improve Joint Mobility.
  • Reduce Chronic Pain.
  • Improves blood circulation.
  • Fast recovery from sports injuries.

Medical Massage

Unlike Traditional Massage, Medical massage is focused on a specific medical diagnosis part of the body. Medical Massage is considered as one of the most critical parts of the physician’s treatment plan. It employs various massage techniques to cure the patient. Medical Massage is best suited for the patient suffering from Margarine and Chronic pains.

If you are suffering from Back Pain, Neck Pain, or shoulder pain, you can go for a medical massage for instant and long-lasting relief. American Medical Massage Association (AMMA), formed in 1998, has set standards for medical massage practitioners. So always go to a certified Medical Massage therapist for the service. At Majestic Medical Touch Spa, you can get a highly experienced and certified Medical Massage Therapist for this purpose.

Benefits of Medical Massage

  • Improves posture and coordination.
  • Helps in preventing future chronic pain conditions.
  • Improve blood Circulation.
  • Relieve stress.
  • Improves Chronic Back Pain, Neck Pain, and Shoulder pain.

Grief Massage

Most of us think that grief is a mental state, and it can only impact our mental and emotional strength. But the fact is a little bit different, grief can have a significant impact on your body. Apart from Stress and sadness, severe grief can be the reason behind headaches, neck pain, and a decreased appetite.

Grief massage is a physical method to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system due to which anti-stress hormones are released, and the body re-balance itself. A typical grief massage continues for a period of 20 -30 minutes in the area of discomfort. It results in significant relief from physical pain and emotional instability.

Benefits of Grief Massage

  • Improve sleep insomina.
  • Increase in Appetite.
  • Reduce Stress and anxiety.
  • Reduce physical pain.
  • Improve mental and emotional stability.

Prenatal or Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy is one of the toughest phases of a women’s life. During pregnancy, women ‘s body undergoes several complicated physical changes. Proper medical and physical care is highly recommended during pregnancy.

Prenatal or pregnancy massage therapy performed during pregnancy help in reducing anxiety, minimize traits of depression. It also helps in relieving muscle aches, and joint pains which are very common in pregnant women due to the increase is weight and change in the shape of the body.

Benefits of Prenatal or pregnancy Massage:

  • Reduce The stress experienced by weight-bearing joints.
  • Promotes better sleep and reduce anxiety.
  • Reduce headaches, leg cramps, stiff neck, and backaches.
  • Improve Blood Circulation.

Integrated Massage

Majestic’s integrated massage is a relaxing massage performed in a relaxed setting, stimulating the sympathetic nervous system, while easing the parasympathetic nervous system.

This is accomplished by releasing the muscle with most  advanced Western & Eastern medicine massage techniques.

Releasing the fascia and connective tissue by warming it up with shiatsu and lomi.

Further release of the muscle through neuromuscular therapy on trigger points (knots) and positional manual release to soften and relax the muscle. Aligning the muscle fibers by performing PNF Stretching and Myo-fascia release on the muscles. Finally, relaxing the cervical and cranial area with Cranial Sacral Massage. Acupressure is use in the massage to help loosen up the connective tissue and calm the nervous system.

Hot Stone Massage

A stone massage uses warm water at 180 degrees Fahrenheit to heat stones to apply pressure and heat to the body. Most therapists coated in cream or oil while delivering various massaging strokes.
The hot stones used are commonly Basalt stones that come from volcano lava and over time, have become extremely polished and smooth. As the stones are placed along the table to heat pressure points on the recipient’s back, they help to retain heat, which then profoundly penetrates the muscles, releasing tension.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and accompanying pain and restriction of motion. It results in relaxing connective tissue that wraps around muscles and organs. The benefits of Myo-fascial release increase circulation and venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.

Hot Stone Massage

A stone massage uses warm water at 180 Fahrenheit to heat stones to apply pressure and heat to the body. Most therapists coated in cream or oil while delivering various massaging strokes.
The hot stones used are commonly Basalt stones that come from volcano lava and over time, have become extremely polished and smooth. As the stones are placed along the table to heat pressure points on the recipient’s back. It helps to retain heat, which then deeply penetrates the muscles, releasing tension

These are just some of the modalities I chose to write about. There are numerous massage modalities that we use to get you to relax, release and heal. Make massage a part of your lifestyle. The amount of money you can save from doctor visits is astonishing.

Resources

Swedish Massage.” Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. . Encyclopedia.com. 5 Sep. 2019 <https://www.encyclopedia.com>.