Massage Therapy 101
Imagine entering a warm, candle-lit room, filled with soft, floral scents and the tunes of soothing music. Getting a massage can be a very relaxing and indulging experience. It is the perfect release for your mind, body and soul. One of the biggest questions I had when I first started getting massages was: Which one should I choose? There are many different options, from deep tissue to hot stone. Each one offers specific benefits customized for your body. So, if you ever find yourself asking the same question, here’s a quick rundown the five most common types of massages to help you figure out the best choice for you.
Swedish Massage-This is a great choice for someone who’s new to the massage therapy experience. Expect the tension to be gentle and relaxing, with smooth and circular strokes and movements. Your masseuse may also use lotion or oil to enrich the experience.
Deep Tissue Massage-This is on the other end of the spectrum. Where the Swedish uses light tension, the deep tissue is just that. It targets tight, sore muscles and tissues. The strokes will be slower, deliberate and repetitive. It’s the perfect choice after a long week at work or if you’re recovering from a sports injury,
Aromatherapy-If you like the scents of oils and lotions, this will be perfect for you. This type of massage therapy uses scents like lavender and vanilla to either energize you or relax you. If you find yourself stressed out lately, this should be your choice.
Hot Stone Massage Therapy-This one is my favorite. Heated, smooth stones are placed on specific zones on the body to loosen muscles and induce balance. Your massage therapist may also use the stones to apply light pressure and tension. The heat can be very relaxing and calming. This is great for tight muscles.
Reflexology-Sometimes called a foot massage, but it is really much more than this. Specific points of your body are connected to organs, tissues and muscles all throughout your body. Reflexologists apply pressure to those points to address your specific needs. If you are on your feet all day, or just plain ole tired from your “two-hour pumps”, this is the one you should go with.
Which one is your favorite? Please share.