Massage is the working of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being.
Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, kness, forearm, and feet.
Some Types Of Massage
Deep tissue massage
Firming and therapeutic, this massage targets specific muscle groups to relieve tension, stress and chronic muscle fatigue. More than a relaxing treat, the “deep” is recommended for: Loosening of muscles (Muscle tension/spasms), Release of toxins, Proper circulation of blood and oxygen, Relief of chronic pain.
Hot Stone massage
This massage uses heated stones with massage strokes to key points on the body, creating sensations of comfort and warmth. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity. Stones coated in oil can also be used by the therapist delivering various massaging strokes. The hot stones used are commonly Basalt stones (or lava rocks) which over time, have become extremely polished and smooth. As the stones are placed along the recipient’s back, they help to retain heat which then deeply penetrates into the muscles, releasing tension.
Full Body Swedish massage
The spirit with full body massage. The ultimate in relaxation, designed to relieve muscle tension, improve circulation and promote an overall sense of well-being. Ease your aching muscles as light to medium pressure strokes ease and relax your mind. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks.
Light Touch Massage
Finger tip, light touch therapy for a stress reduction is a wonderful and therapeutic massage. The many benefits of this massage include: Relaxation, Increased body awareness, Improved circulation of blood and oxygen, Improved lymphatic drainage for the release of toxins.