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Learn more about the different types of massage

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on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 in Health Blogs

A properly done massage can be of great benefit to you especially in rejuvenating your body. Massages have many proven health benefits including lowering blood pressure and pain management. Additionally, they can help relax the nerves and improve intimacy between partners. There are different types of massage techniques which utilize different styles based on your preference. Massage therapy has been used since ancient times to treat different health conditions and promote overall wellness. You can choose from over 80 different massage styles based on what you want to achieve. Below are 5 of the most popular techniques and their benefits:

1. Swedish massage

This is one of the most popular massage techniques today. It involves the use of long, flowing strokes which are done on the back heading towards the heart direction. A masseuse will also use kneading strokes and deep circular movements to bring a deep feeling of relaxation. Swedish massage has been used as a complementary form of medicine and helps improve health and bring pleasure.

Benefits of Swedish massage:  The massage helps improve blood circulation, reduce stress and pain management for athletes and people with arthritis among others. According to numerous research statistics by Dr. Tiffany Field, a director of TRI in University of Miami, massage not only helps you feel good but also changes your whole physiology thus making it effective medicinally.

2. Reflexology

This is an ancient Chinese massage that targets the hands and feet. Its premise is that there is a connection between these two points and internal organs and pressure is applied on the two to help release any blockage that results in organ distress. The massage is also intended to help improve energy flow between the two points and internal organs. At some point, a therapist will use special tools to help apply pressure more strongly and this could be painful especially in the beginning.

Benefits of reflexology: Reflexology massage helps remove any blockage thus enhancing toxin release from the body. It also helps in pain management, increases blood flow, helps in post-operation recovery and creates relaxation. Studies by National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute have shown that reflexology helps in cancer palliation and also helps reduce psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety.

3. Tantric massage

Tantric massage has tremendously grown in popularity. It is suitable for people (especially couples) who intend to reawaken their senses. The whole body massage encourages physical and emotional healing and includes moving a gentle movement of fingertips across the back to help stimulate a sense of intimacy.According to Hong Kong massage specialists, this massage can help open up the deepest sensory excitement helping the body reach the crescendo of relaxation.

Benefits of tantric massage: The massage can help eliminate stress in the body, build a sense of intimacy, deepen relaxation, release tension, improve mental clarity and balance energy among other things. According to research conducted at Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital, London, Tantric massage was found to provide holistic effects to over 107 participants.

4. Thai massage

This massage involves yoga-like stretches. Your therapist will pull different parts of your body in different directions to help relax joints and muscles. This includes pulling the ears, toes, fingers, walking on your back and cracking your knuckles.

Benefits of Thai massage: It helps manage cases of muscle ache, loosen joints, improve flexibility and enhance energy levels in the body. Thai massage is suitable for overall wellbeing.

5. Deep tissue massage

This massage targets the fascia and deep layers of body muscles. During the massage, a therapist will use deep finger pressure together with slow but firm strokes to exert pressure on the target parts of the body. It is normally used as an alternative treatment for different physical ailments and is normally considered to be very effective.

Benefits of deep tissue massage:  Helps relieve tension from the deeper muscle layers, relieve stress caused by injuries, repetitive motions and misalignment. It is used to effectively release toxins from the body, improve blood circulation and relieve emotional stress.

Although there many different types of massage techniques, it is good to know that, they do not have equal benefits and therefore you should choose the style that best suits your needs. You should communicate with your therapist before the massage sessions to see which specific style will give you the desired benefits

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