Which type of massage is the right one for you and your clients? This depends on what clients are looking for, and what may benefit their goals and needs. This article will summarize five kinds of massages and how to find the best one for you!
Swedish Massage Therapy:
There are many types of Swedish massages, and some are very different from others. For example, the effleurage technique is relaxing, while friction massage is invigorating and healing. Here is a general overview of the Swedish massage therapy techniques:
Effleurage: long, stroking movement
Petrissage: kneading technique
Percussion: use of a cupped hand
Friction: rubbing a particular area and creating friction
Sports Massage Therapy:
This is specialized for each athletic client. The massage is often tailored to meet the needs of the client via deep tissue massage combined with stretching techniques. The therapist determines which muscle groups need to be addressed related to the particular sport and based on areas of soreness, tightness or pain. This technique benefits active clients who want to help relieve pain due to muscular strain or a specific injury.
Pressure Point Massage Therapy:
This massage technique is specialized for particular points on the body that may be tight, tender or restricted. The pressure from the massage therapist is applied to that particular point, and held for a period of time in order to decrease the tightness in the location. The pressure used is typically deep pressure. This technique is effective for clients who have trigger points or key areas that need to be addressed.
Hot Stone Massage:
Hot stones are placed on the body to enhance the effects of massage. This technique benefits clients that are seeking to reduce pain and help with circulation and muscle spasms. It is also a useful technique for the massage therapist to use to help prepare the body for further massage techniques.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy:
This is a deeper pressure and can include pressure point therapy techniques. This can help relieve muscle pain and increase mobility. This is non-invasive so it is a good option for clients that want to reduce pain without medication or surgical intervention.
As you now know, there are many different types of massage therapy. The details above can help you choose the right massages for you and your clients. Often, these techniques are combined during the massages to bring about the best benefits and results.