The Different Types of Massage
The primary reason why people seek massage therapy is to relieve them of some kind of body discomfort. Historically speaking, massage as a form of therapy and treatment has been around for thousands of years now and in all those years, many different forms and variants have emerged.
The most traditional and basic way of how a massage works is that it applies both pressure and movement to very specific parts of the body, including that of muscles, skin, tendons, and ligaments. And while there are probably over a hundred different massages with unique names and features today, there remains to be just a few that are recognized around the world. So this article is basically about those most popular and common types of massage you probably already have heard.
1 – Swedish massage
This right here deserves to be mentioned first. This massage type is widely used in many countries all around the world because of its inherent effectiveness in improving the blood flow to the skin and muscles. And in so doing, it also helps in removing tension in the muscles.
2 – Sports massage
Based on the term, this massage variant is specially used for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and physically active individuals. It is unique to all the other types because it is a lot more vigorous. The purpose of this complex form of body massage is to warm the muscle up, while most athletes use it in order to prevent the likelihood of injury and to help in the healing process of an existing injury.
3 – Reflexology
The reason why reflexology isn’t as familiar as the first two is because it is relatively new. It is based on the logic that every organ in the body is mapped to the feet and hands. The idea of reflexology is that there will be an application of pressure points as well as movement and stretching to the pressure points on the foot for the purpose of promoting healthier organs in the body.
4 – Shiatsu
There’s a recent hype surrounding this Japanese-created massage due to its similarity to acupuncture, which in turn was invented by the Chinese. Shiatsu says that the body is composed of interconnected energy pathways that are susceptible to energy flow blockages, which in turn could lead to imbalances in how energy is being distributed in the body. The result of this imbalance comes in the form of tension, weakness, and pain. An expert shiatsu practitioner will then use the combination of stretching and pressure, targeting the body’s key points in order to relieve the person of the pain, tension, and weakness through the restoration of the body’s natural energy flow.
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