After the craziness of the holiday season, it is time to wind down and relax. A great way to do that is to get a massage! According to WebMD, massage has be practiced for as far back at 5000 years ago as treatment in both Egypt and China Today massage therapy is offered at businesses, clinics, hospitals, salons and even airports. There are over 80 different massage therapy types that offer a wide variety of pressures, movements and techniques. Body massages are no longer seen as a luxury item, but seen as a form of treatment and relaxation.
Why Get a Massage?
A massage is considered an alternative medicine, but increasingly it is being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It is an especially good treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. According to the Mayo Clinic, massages, after more research, could be helpful for many ailments including: anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, sports injuries, back pain, reduce blood pressure, lessen migraines, reduce symptoms or side effects of cancer and soft tissue strains or injuries. Massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care, but could be used as a supplemental to treatment.
Types of Massage
A massage is a treatment which involves pressing, rubbing and manipulating skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage can range from lights stroking to deep pressure. There are many types of body massages and different procedures for each one that will depend on what you need a massage for such as relaxation or relief from a health condition. Massages can be customized based on age, condition and any special needs. Massages can last from 10 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the style of massage that you receive. Below is a list of just a few of the most popular types of massages:
- Swedish Massage: The Swedish massage is the most popular and most familiar type of body massage. This is a gentler type of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to a customer relax. Swedish massages can be both relaxing and energizing.
- Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue massage uses slower, more forceful strong to target deeper layers of muscle. This is helpful for those with muscle damage received from injuries.
- Neuromuscular Therapy Massage: Neuromuscular therapy massage is a form of soft tissue manipulation that pinpoints the underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous system. This a medically oriented form of massage which addresses trigger points, circulation, nerve compression and postural issues.
- Sports Massage: Sports massages are like Swedish massage, but it is targeted towards people involved in sports activities to help prevent, increase flexibility or treat injuries. This type of massage is also helpful after a sports injury.
- Shiatsu Massage: Shiatsu massage originated in Japan. For this type of massage, the therapist uses rhythmic pressure on certain acupressure points on the body that are important for the flow of the body’s vital energy or chi.
- Thai Massage: Thai massage includes compression of muscles, mobilization of joints and acupressure. The massage therapist uses his or her body to move the client into a variety of positions.
- Hot Stone Massage: Hot stone massage involves placing warmed stones on certain areas of the body, such as acupressure points. The stones could be used as massage tools or be temporarily in place. This type of therapy is also used along with other massage techniques.
Benefits of Massage
There are many benefits to receiving a massage from assisting in healing from a sports injury to relaxation. But, mostly a massage produces a feeling of caring comfort and connection. It is a great way to take care of one’s health and well-being. If you do have a medical condition, make sure to consult with your doctor before scheduling a massage. Men’s Cuts offers facial massages and neck massages as one of the many services offered at the salon.