Understanding Massages

The Different Types of Massage

The most common reason why we want to get a massage is because we all crave for something that will soothe and give us relief from some specific type of discomfort. This type of therapy has been around for thousands of years and in all that history, various different forms have emerged along the way, some of them new while some are centuries old.

In the most traditional sense, a massage will work by applying pressure and movement to certain parts of the body, including but not limited to the muscles, skin, ligaments, and tendons. Even though there are probably a hundred different massage therapies in the world, only a select few carry the distinction of being popularly recognized across the globe. This article is all about those select few.

1 – Swedish massage

There is no doubt that this type of massage is the most popular of all, which is why it has to be mentioned first. This massage is primarily intended for the improvement of one’s blood flow to the muscles and skin. And by doing so, it effectively removes muscle tension.

2 – Sports massage

This massage, as the term implies, is used primarily for fitness enthusiasts as well as athletes. It is very distinctive compared to the rest because it is physically stronger and more vigorous. The original purpose of this body massage is to provide warm up to the muscle tissues, which athletes need; but overtime, it has become quite a valuable help in training as well as the prevention and/or treatment of an injury.

3 – Reflexology

If you aren’t familiar with this one, that’s because it is one of the newer variants of massage these days. It is based on the logic that every organ in the body is mapped to the feet and hands. In order for this method to be effective, finger pressure as well as stretching is used on the feet’s pressure points, the purpose of which is to promote healthier body organs.

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. According to the beliefs of shiatsu, the body is comprised of interconnected energy pathways that are unfortunately prone to getting blocked, and when there is a blockage to the flow of energy, there will exist some kind of imbalance. Because of this imbalance in energy blow, the body will feel pain, tension, as well as overall weakness. 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.