Different Types of Massage Therapy

A massage therapy is known to relax the mind and the body. Not only that, most people believe that massage therapy can heal our body’s ailments. However, there is no scientific study that supports this. Most people feel that when your body is in a peaceful state, it releases happy hormones which alleviates your mood and your feelings.

On the other hand, there are organizations believes that massage therapy is not just a massage. Throughout history, massage has been a medicinal and therapeutic practice, using special techniques to cure certain ailments. Here are the different types of massage that you should understand, their purposes and how it is done.

  • Swedish Massage.

Johan Georg Merger founded the Swedish massage. If you ask those who have to a massage therapy session, Swedish massage or the “classic massage” is very common to them. This is very popular with its five basic strokes. The sliding or gliding (effleurage), the kneading (petrissage), the rhythmic tapping (tapotement), the cross fiber (friction), and vibrating or shaking.

  • Lymphatic Massage.

This particular massage aims to stimulate the lymphatic system with light, gentle repetitive strokes. This was founded by Danish doctors, Emi Vodder and Estrid Vodder. If you are looking for intense, hard-pressured massage, this is not the type of massage for you. However, if you want to detoxify your body of toxins and to reduce swelling of post-surgery or injury, this is the best option for you.

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  • Thai Massage.

Shivago Komarpaj is believed to have founded Thai massage about 2,500 years ago. This massage doesn’t use any oil. In loose-fitting clothes, the person receiving the massage will lie on a mat on the ground where the masseuse will position them in different yoga-like poses. Rhythmic pressures will then be applied during those poses.

  • Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy.

Using slow friction and deep finger pressure on specific areas where the main focus is where the person feels muscle tension, aches, and pain. This is an option for people who have muscle tension in the neck or shoulders.

This is a foot based therapy. The therapist link pressure points on the feet to the body’s internal systems. This was first introduced in the United States by Dr. William H. Fitzgerald.

This was developed by the Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui, in 1922. This is a spiritual practice of energy work and will require hands-on holding positions that relate to the major organs and nerve plexes. The therapy will help the body recover itself and maintain an overall balance in mind and body.

  • Myofascial Release.

This is a soft-tissue therapy which affects the skeletal, arthrodial and myofascial structures. This also supports vascular, lymphatic and neural elements. This was introduced by Janet G. Travell in 1940, where the therapy involves a series of techniques to release muscle tension.

            The technique includes:

  • Applying knuckles or forearm to body
  • Sinking into soft tissue
  • Contact the first barrier with tension
  • Taking up slack in the tissue
  • Dragging fascia across the surface of the skin while still in contact with the underlying skin.

Whatever type of massage therapy you are comfortable with, all of these aims for the body to be in a peaceful state. Its main goal is for you to feel relaxed and relieve the stress in your body after the session.