This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also known as Swedish massage or simply massage therapy. Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing.
If you’ve never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.
Aromatherapy massage utilizes one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs. The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender. Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.
3.Hot Stone Massage
Heated, smooth stones are placed on specific points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body. The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. The warmth is comforting. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage.
4.Cold Stone Massage
Cold stone massage helps lower stress, improve circulation and soothe inflammation to treat a variety of maladies. Cold stone massages are generally well tolerated, although you may need to consult a doctor if you have certain conditions that may contraindicate massage. Cold Stone Massage works by triggering vasoconstriction – (the narrowing of blood vessels) when placed on the skin. After the cold stones are removed, the blood vessels dilate again, supplying the affected areas with fresh blood and oxygen. This process increases circulation.
5.Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. It is not uncommon to feel slightly sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.
Prenatal massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Prenatal massage can reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. Organic Origins Massage Therapists are trained in prenatal massage technique. In addition position and support for the expectant mother are very important in ensuring a safe and effective massage.
7.Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The benefits of a lymphatic drainage massage are:
•Increase the carrying capacity of the lymph system, allowing it to process up to 10 times more fluid than normal.
•Increase the flow through the lymph nodes, filtering out waste products, dead cells, excess proteins and toxins from the tissues.
•Increase the production of lymphocytes, thereby increasing the body’s ability to fight infections.
•Activate the parasympathetic response, producing a body-wide relaxation effect.
Sports massage is specifically designed for people whose body tone and condition are tied to athletic performance. You do not have to be a professional athlete to benefit from a Sports Massage. People who are active and work out often also can gain tremendously from this massage. The focus is not on relaxation, but rather on preventing and treating injury while also enhancing athletic performance. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique, which helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.