Nowadays, massage therapy is a well-known term, it has various techniques and types but all are designed to relieve and alleviate certain needs and physical conditions. The therapists may apply pressure to knead, glide, and tap the layers of the muscles using the fingers, hands, forearms, elbows, and even the feet to relieve the tension and pain.
Traditional Thai Massage
Thai massage is also called “Thai Yoga massage”, it is a unique and powerful massage therapy. Basically, it’s a series of a massage such as acupressure, energy balancing, stretching and applied yoga exercises.
- Traditional Thai Massage Benefits:
It is very effective to improve flexibility, relaxation and energy levels, can relieve headaches, asthma, constipation, and frozen shoulder.
Thai Massage provides exercise for the disabled who have few abilities and help to recover after a heart attack or stroke.
It has a great demand for athletes, stressed office workers and anyone seeking to find greater calm and improve their energy levels. In offering relief for such a wide range of current health issues, this art has been useful for thousands of years.
Helpful in relieving the following ailments also such as:
- Back pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic fatigue
- Digestive disorders
- Heart conditions
- High blood pressure
- Neck pain
- Pain caused by injuries
- Partial paralysis
- Shoulder soreness
Sports massage is a systematic manipulation of the soft tissues that focuses on muscles relevant to a particular sport.
Swedish style massage, effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), compression, friction, tapotement (rhythmic striking), vibration, gliding, stretching, percussion, and trigger points techniques are used in sports massage.
Sports massage is designed to help the athlete’s body achieve maximum performance and physical conditioning. It also reduces the chance of injury or pain.
- Some benefits that are supported by research include:
Increased joint ROM (range of motion), flexibility as well as it decreases muscle tension neurological excitability and muscle spasms. It also helps to produce better sleep.
- Purported benefits but not supported by research include:
Increased blood flow, elimination of water retention, waste products (lactic acid) and decreased chance of injury, and quicker recovery time between workouts.
Swedish massage is called a classic massage as the technique aims to promote relaxation by releasing muscle tension.
The Swedish massage is gentler than deep tissue massage. It may loosen up tight muscles caused by daily activities such as sitting at the computer or exercising. It can be very helpful for releasing muscle tension in the lower back, shoulders, or neck.
Therapists naturally use kneading, long strokes, deep circular movements, and passive joint movements during the massage. It relaxes you, stimulates nerve endings, and increases blood flow and lymph drainage.
Swedish massage covers the whole body but you will begin on either your back or your stomach and flip over at the halfway point, depending on your preferences.
- The Benefits of Getting a Swedish Massage:
After every Swedish Massage, you will feel a calm nervous system and promote a sense of relaxation and well-being, reducing anxiety and tension in the body, which has been known to help relieve depression.
By increasing the flow of nutrient-rich oxygen to the muscles in your body, it improves blood circulation, which helps you feel more energetic. Besides, it stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries the body’s waste products.
Swedish Massage is not a good idea if you have a fever, infections, inflammation, osteoporosis — and it’s best not to get a massage if you are ill. If you have any doubts about whether or not a massage would be right for you, speak to us.
- The Nudity Factor:
Swedish massage generally prefers undressed full body but you have a towel to cover your underneath. The therapist will uncover only the part of the body being worked on, this technique called draping. Many newcomers keep your underwear on because nudity can sometimes cause some sense of discomfort and cause them to feel out of their comfort zone.
Swedish massage starts by lying face down with your head in a u-shaped face cradle so your spine stays neutral.
Effleurage, kneading, friction, stretching, and tapping are various massage strokes named, the therapist generally starts by working your back, using them.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage involves manipulation of the deep layers of tissue in the body, with the fascia and other supportive tissue that make up the muscles and joints of our body. Tissue massage is usually slower and firmer, compared to other popular massage techniques like Swedish massage.
The massage is beneficial mostly because it helps to lower psychological stress and releasing “happy hormones” like serotonin and oxytocin.
It normally focuses on major muscle groups — such as a neck, lower back, joints and tendons that are susceptible to straining or injuries.
- Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage:
- Treats chronic back pain
- Helps lower high blood pressure:
It had positive effects on systolic, diastolic and mean arterial blood pressure. It also helps adults with pain and high blood pressure symptoms.
- Reduces Stress, Anxiety, and Muscle Tension:
This therapy can help lower cortisol levels and even boost production of the hormone called oxytocin, which relaxes the body and has soothing effects.
- Breaks up scar tissue:
It helps break up newly forming scar tissue that can make recovery more difficult and lead to stiffness.
- Improves Athletic Recovery and Performance:
It improved athletic recovery and performance.
- Can Help with Labor Pain and Delivery:
Many pregnant women now turn toward alternative / complementary medicines for helping control labor pain and supporting a natural birthing process like the Bradley Method and the deep tissue massage produces that.
- Reduces arthritis symptoms:
It is effective to treat chronic joint pain, stiffness, anxiety, limited range of motion in joints and trouble with sleeping.
Aromatherapy is a healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health, welfare and comfort. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy as this therapy uses aromatic essential oils. It can improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It also uplifts both physical and emotional health.
Aromatherapy is a combination of both an art and a science. It gained more recognition in the fields of science and medicine.
- Aromatherapy History:
Humans have used aromatherapy for thousands of years in ancient cultures in China, India, and Egypt. They have strongly believed that aromatherapy has the benefits of both physical and psychological.
French perfumer and chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé in a book first introduced the “aromatherapy” word. He discovered the healing potential of lavender in treating burns.
- Aromatherapy Benefits:
Aromatherapy has many important benefits including:
It can manage pain, improve sleep quality, reduce stress, agitation, and anxiety. Also can calm sore joints, treat headaches and migraines. It has an important role in fighting bacteria, virus, or fungus, improves digestion and boosts immunity.
Massage Oils According to Massage Therapists
- Fractionated Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil normally a heavy, solid oil but fractionated coconut oil is a light, non-greasy, liquid oil, and it is a very popular massage oil. And it is less expensive than other oils.
This oil contains only the medium-chain triglycerides, as a result, it is stickier and has less glide than coconut oil. So it’s well-suited for the shorter massage strokes that are often used to target areas of muscle tension.
If you have coconut allergies (latex allergies), avoiding it is better for you.
- Jojoba Oil:
By extract, the seed of the jojoba plant, jojoba oils produce but actually, it’s a wax. Most people thought it has antibacterial properties and so it is a good option for those prone to back acne.
If you don’t use massage oil regularly Jojoba Oil is a perfect choice for you because it has a long shelf life and doesn’t go rancid easily.
It a favorite carrier oil for aromatherapy as it has the well-absorbed capability. It’s also not irritating to the skin with no smell.
- Sunflower Oil:
Sunflower oil is a light, non-greasy oil and so you won’t feel skin oily.
This oil is extracted from sunflower seeds so it has enough linoleic acid (fatty acid), palmitic acid, and stearic acid. All the oils components make your skin healthy. The essential linoleic acid reduces by age and harsh soaps and cleansers.
Sunflower oil should be stored in a dark cool area as it becomes rancid quickly.
Although, one or two squeezing capsules of pure vitamin E into the bottle may extend the shelf life. Those who have allergies to the sunflower plant should avoid using it.
- Almond Oil:
Sweet almond oil is extracted from almonds and is a pale yellow colour. Massage therapists like this oil so much. This oil is just slightly sticky so allows hands to glide easily over skin.
Almond oil usually doesn’t irritate skin but compared with other oils, it is reasonably priced. People with nut allergies shouldn’t use almond oil.
Massage therapy has many proven benefits and it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Massage therapy may be recommended to help you to cope with the pain and stress of cancer, heart disease, stomach problems, fibromyalgia or other conditions.