We have a habit of seeing massage as a luxury experience that isn’t essential to our day-to-day life. However, there are so many benefits to receiving a massage and numerous types to suit specific needs.
Let’s start by covering some of the many benefits. Massage can:
- reduce stress and increases relaxation
- lower heart rate and blood pressure
- inprove circulation, energy and alertness, and
- reduce pain and muscle soreness/tension.
There are so many types of massages, it can be a little overwhelming to know which will be the right one for your specific needs. Here are a some options to consider:
- Deep tissue massage specifically targets deep layers of muscles, particularly muscle knots. The massage generally involves slower and more-forceful strokes. Can help relieve pain associated with tight muscles.
- Swedish massage is a gentle form of massage that helps you feel relaxed and energized. It’s one of the most common types of massage and uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping.
- Sports massage is similar to a Swedish massage but is geared towards people involved in sports or who exercise regularly, to prevent and treat injuries, improve flexibility and enhance athletic performance.
- Hot stone massage involves hot stones placed on different parts of the body. The heat on muscles has a relaxing, healing effect that increases blood flow to the area and loosens muscles.
- Thai massage is considered a more energising form of massage. It involves stretching and pressing massage movements. To align energies the massage therapist will move and stretch you in different postures. Thai massage has many benefits including, reducing stress, improving flexibility and mobilising joints.
If you have any concerns around receiving a massage, we recommend speaking to a health professional first.