For instance, let’s briefly talk about eggs. There are different ways to prepare an egg, however, if all you know about cooking an egg is how to boil it.
Then your knowledge about egg preparation is quite inefficient. You have no options hence, boiled egg is fine for you until you try scrambled, fried or poached egg.
This is exactly the same thing with the different forms of massage.
You might feel completely okay with just Swedish massage but that might be because you haven’t actually tried out the other types of massage.
Give the others a trial and your most preferred choice might suddenly change.
10 types of massage and their health benefits
Swedish relaxing massage
Let’s start with the most basic form of massage that almost everyone knows about. The Swedish massage is a very relaxing form of massage. It is generally helpful to relieve and help the individual unwind.
When you visit the spa for a massage session, most times this particular form of massage is what you receive.
It is a combination of different forms of movements including kneading, gliding, circular movement and aromatherapy.
Let’s briefly discuss the movement associated with this particular form of massage.
Chefs or kitchen enthusiasts who loving baking will be quite familiar with this kind of movement. It is used in making bread or cakes.
To knead is simply to work and press into a mass, usually with the hands; especially, to work, as by repeated pressure with the knuckles, into a well mixed mass.
If you have ever received a massage then you have probably felt this motion. Where the therapist uses his or her knuckles to repeatedly massage a particular muscle mass.
This process is known as the kneading motion.
When you mistakenly kick your cup of water to the floor. That motion it exhibits is known as a gliding motion.
It an act of moving softly, smoothly, or effortlessly. It requires little to no additional force or pressure.
This type of motion can be very relaxing, soothing and can easily lure one to sleep.
If you have ever put your phone in vibration mode. You should have an idea of what this kind of motion will feel like.
The act of vibrating includes shakes with small, rapid movements to and fro.
It feels like electric is coursing through your body, this movement is extremely beneficial to the circulatory system.
According to the English dictionary, aromatherapy is the use of selected fragrances in lotions and inhalants in an effort to affect mood and promote health.
Have you ever lit a sweet scenting candle before you slept? The feeling is pretty amazing, your body relaxes and your mood improves.
This is all aromatherapy is all about, if you haven’t experience the power of fragrance you should give it a trial.
If you are looking for a massage to help you relax. The Swedish massage is a perfect choice. The combination of different motions helps to relieve tension from the superficial part of the body.
It also helps to boost circulation.
When compared with other forms of massage, the Swedish massage is more superficial than deep.
It’s quite a fancy name right? And your probably thinking it’s Chinese? Not really, however, you are close.
It actually has a Japanese origin. The Japanese believe that certain forces can block your energy source “Qi”.
Hence, leading to pain and tension in different parts of the body.
In the shiatsu massage, the masseuse uses a different part of their body including the elbow, arms and sometimes the feel the massage the body.
This type of massage is performed to alleviate stress, pain and tension in different paths of the body.
Unlike the Swedish massage, this type of massage can be performed with the clothes on.
The shiatsu massage is perfect in dealing with stress and tension. It involves more deep motions than that of the Swedish massage.
Reduces muscle tension
It aids in the alleviation of pain(headache).
It improves circulation.
Hot stone massage
This is another exciting and extremely beneficial type of massage. Most people see the word “hot” and instantly believe that the process will be too painful to handle.
Is this really true?
I hate to disappoint you but hot stone massage is not exactly the picture you have in your head. Where boiling stones producing steam are placed on the body.
That will definitely hurt the individual and leave a scar on the body.
The hot stone massage is almost similar to the Swedish massage. However, In the hot stone massage, the massage therapist uses heated basalt stones in place of their hands.
Most times the Swedish massage includes the hot stone massage. Hence, after the therapist is done using their hands, he/she place the heated stones in specific areas.
This type of massage is done without clothes, however, most clients prefer to stick with their undergarments to feel more comfortable.
Just like the other two types of massage, it helps to relieve stress and alleviate muscle tension.
It targets specific areas of the body and relieves pain from the area.
The heat from the heated stones helps to improve blood flow.
Another fancy name? Is it from Thailand?
Contrary to your thoughts, the Thai massage is actually from India, not Thailand.
A quick advice, if your plan is to relax and probably drift off to sleep during your massage session. Then you should not make the mistake of choosing the Thai massage.
Thai massage is also known as the yoga massage. Yoga involves lot of poses that stretches different part of the body.
Unlike other types of massage, the thai massage is a very active form. It involves lot of stretching and exertion of firm pressure on the body.
It is a great exercise for individuals seeking to improve their flexibility.
The perfect choice for individuals seeking to increase their flexibility.