What Are The Different Types of Massages?
If you’re new to world of massage and self-care you may find yourself questioning what massage style is right for you. In today’s blog post we break down all the different types of massages we offer so that you can find your perfect treatment!
Swedish style massages are among the most popular and widely available massages. Swedish massages are based on anatomy principles and physiology unlike their Asian style counterparts. Therapists use a massage lotion or oil and start with general long strokes before moving on to problematic or troubled areas. Swedish massages are great for relaxation and provide full-body muscle relaxation.
Hot Stone Massage
This massage style incorporates hot (technically warm, they should never be uncomfortable to the touch) stones into the treatment. Massage therapists place the heated stones on specific parts of the body or use for some strokes while giving the massage. The heat allows tight muscles to loosen and can be considered extra relaxing since they so easily counteract muscle tension buildup.
It is worth noting that if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes you should check with your primary care physician before getting a hot stone massage.
Deep Tissue Massage
This massage type is focused on deep movements that target muscle adhesions or knots in specific target areas. It addresses the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues and is great for those who have chronic pain or lingering injuries. Deep tissue massages use slow strokes across a muscle to trigger areas of tightness or discomfort. While deep tissue massages are generally more firm than their Swedish massage counterparts, they should never be painful.
This massage type is essentially what its name describes, pregnancy massage. Our massage therapists attend additional training to ensure that they help alleviate an expecting mother’s pain while providing a safe experience for both mom and baby. Many moms to be experience lower back pain or swelling of the feet and ankles and a pregnancy massage can be a great way to get some relief and self-care incorporated into their pre-baby routine. Pregnancy massage differs from other massage types as modifications are made throughout the service to keep the mother comfortable. Certain treatment areas or techniques that may be included with a Swedish or Deep Tissue massage may also be avoided for safety. A perfect gift for any expecting mother, our prenatal massages are sure to be the hit of any baby shower!
If you’re looking for increased flexibility, prevention of injuries, and recovery from intense athletic activities, a sports massage is the perfect treatment for you! Even if you’re not an athlete, sports massages can be great for reducing muscle pain and helping restricted ranges of motion. Other benefits of sports massage include increased blood flow, increased range of motion, and increased flexibility. We offer sports massage therapy through our Strengthen + Stretch service.
Reiki or Energy Massage is a Japanese healing art that focuses on a much-needed energy release throughout your body. This unique experience allows your therapist to use a combination of hand positions to channel energy blockage and clear your central energy centers. The results are a full release of stored energy and tension. Treat your body and mind to this experience to bring peace into your life. If you’d like to learn more about Reiki Massage, check out this blog post!
Sound Therapy Massage
Sound Therapy Massages are just now starting to get the attention they are so deserving of receiving! This treatment utilizes intuitive massage therapy with vibrational medicine from singing bowls, tuning forks, chimes and other instruments to treat the whole mind, body and spirit. Sound Therapy Massage is not only a great way to combat stress and promote relaxation, but the vibrational frequencies are also known to help with alleviating pain. If you’re interested in learning more about Sound Therapy check out our blog post here.
Now that you’re familiar with all the different types of massages we offer, all that’s left is to book your preferred style of massage!
See you soon Royals!