What Are The Best Types of Massage?
For the most part, people want to get the benefits of a massage therapy for the purpose of alleviating a specific discomfort felt by the body. 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.
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. 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
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 – Massage for sports and fitness
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
Reflexology is actually one of the newer types of massage around. This method is quite unique because it relies on the concept that all the body organs are actually mapped in the person’s hands and feet. 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 massage
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 shiatsu, the body is made up of interlinked webs of energy pathways in which if there is a blockage in those webs, there will be imbalances in the flow of energy. The result of this imbalance comes in the form of tension, weakness, and pain. With the expert hands of a shiatsu practitioner, the combination of pressure and stretching directed on the key points of the body will correspond to the restoration of the natural energy flow of the body, thereby giving relief against pain, weakness, and tension.
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