Getting a massage is an excellent way to rejuvenate yourself! Massage therapy should be thought of as essential, healthy management rather than last-minute crisis management.
After all, it’s cheaper to change your oil than your engine. And yet, most of us look at it as an indulgent treat we don’t have time and money for.
But massage therapy isn’t just a treat, and it’s not just for athletes – it’s called therapy for a reason! Massage therapy is often used as a therapeutic treatment for chronic health conditions such as back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, sciatica, and more.
Different types of massage therapy
Each type of massage therapy offers a unique experience, ideal for targeting different pains, injuries and issues.
Deep Tissue Massage
It applies a deeper, more targeted pressure in order to break down bands of hard, painful tissue, or “knots”, in your muscles, tendons and ligaments. This stronger pressure releases toxins, tension and pain.
If you’re suffering from stress, tension headaches, whiplash, or a chronic pain condition such as sciatica or fibromyalgia, or even if you’re recovering from surgery or an injury, deep tissue massage can be very beneficial to your recovery.
When you think of a massage, you’re probably thinking of this kind. Relaxation, or Swedish massage, is the most well-known and common type of massage. It’s gentler than deep tissue massage, but still loosens up tight muscles caused by everyday activity.
Sports Injury Massage
Ideal for pre- and post athletic events. Beforehand, it can loosen and lengthen your muscles which can help reduce the risk of injury. Afterward, it can help stretch over-worked and tight muscles, decrease muscle soreness and reduce recovery time.
This type of massage relieves pain from sore muscles and chronic disorders. It assist in healing as well as in the prevention of numerous conditions. Because it goes deep, it may not be as soothing as a relaxation massage, but the health benefits it provides are worth it.
Trigger Point Massage
If you’ve injured or overused certain muscles, multiple trigger points, or knots may have formed that not only cause pain but refer pain to other areas of the body. Trigger point therapy can help you regain mobility and relieve pain.
This type of massage may not be as relaxing, but it can significantly relax your muscles and release tension, often after just one session. Your massage therapist will always work within your comfort level.