Massage therapists are experts who understand how stress and other factors affect the mental and physical aspects of the body. These experts, through massage therapy, leverage the right kind of pressure at the right points to ease out physical pain and negative energy.
Only performed by trained professionals, there are many kinds of therapies that one could choose from in order to get maximum results.
Common Types of Massage Therapy
Also known as ‘the Classic Massage’ this is the most commonly offered types of massages where the therapist helps release muscle tension by applying physical pressure on the affected area. This kind of massage is perfect for people who lead a sedentary lifestyle, engage in some form of physical exercise and experience pain later, or have extremely tense shoulders, neck or lower backs.
As the name suggests, this massage is meant to cater specifically to athletes and sportsmen. It is normally prescribed to players who have faced multiple injuries in the same area, which is very common depending on the kind of sport played. Apart from treating that pain, a sports massage can also help with increasing flexibility, releasing anxiety and enhancing overall performance of the player.
Trigger Point Massage
Trigger point massage is the type of massage which works for people experiencing chronic or abnormal pain. Normally this happens because the muscle has formed knots in a particular part of the body. In most cases, the placement of that knot and the area that is causing pain are different. The muscle is sending signals through that area to notify the person that something is wrong. A trigger point massage in that case focuses on applying deep and focused pressure on the muscle causing the pain, not the place where they symptom is seen.
Other massages include the Deep Tissue Massage which applies stronger pressure on the body, almost to the extent of it hurting. This is ideal for serious runners, athletes and for certain injuries. A hot stone massage relaxes the body by placing hot stones on particular areas to release tension and calm the body. A massage using essential oils is called an aromatherapy massage whereas a massage focusing on the pressure points of the hands, feet and ears is called a massage using reflexology.