Massages are a great way to unwind, relieve stress and relax.
Many people find them helpful for sports related injuries, stiff joints, fibromyalgia, and other physical ailments too. There are so many places now offering massages and so many types of massage styles that it can get confusing.
The first question to ask yourself is what type of massage experience you want. Do you want a pampering and tranquil setting where you can relax even after the massage is done? You may consider going to a spa with massage services.
If you have an injury or a specific medical issue, make sure to call the spa and ask if their masseuses have any experience with those conditions.
If you want a shorter, more targeted massage or prefer therapeutic massages, many sports therapy clinics and physical rehabilitation centers either offer massage or can recommend a masseuse.
Tired and stressed after a long flight? Some airports have massage kiosks near terminals! As for the types of massages available, there are far too many to cover here. Some of the most popular types are: Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, Shiatsu massage, and Sports massage.
Swedish massage is generally the most well known type of massage, and is what most people envision when they think of â€œmassage.â€ It stimulates the blood flow and lymph system by using long, even strokes with medium pressure.
Deep Tissue message is related to the Swedish massage and uses the same type of strokes, but with harder pressure and a more localized focus. This type of massage is good for tense muscles, muscle knots and stiff joints.
Shiatsu massage is originally from Japan and relies on â€œacupressure.â€ Pressure on a specific acupuncture point is held for several seconds before the practitioner moves onto the next point. These are supposed to be very relaxing and generally cause no soreness the next day.
Sports massage is mainly for people who are physically active, but also for people who have stretched or strained a muscle and people who have a decreased range of movement. This type of massage focuses on stretching and improving range of movement while also preventing sports injuries.