“Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure” (mayo clinic). There are many different types of massage, including these common types:
- Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements and vibration to help relax and energize your body.
- Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries. Also, it involves ROM and stretches that target joints to help improve sports performance and improve flexibility
- Deep Tissue massage. This massage technique uses slower, deeper pressure strokes that target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. This is commonly used to help with muscle damage from injuries and break up adhesions in fascia.
- Trigger point/Neuromuscular massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after overuse or injury. It uses trigger point pressure and friction.
How can massage therapy help me?
Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. Massage is no longer available only through luxury spas and upscale health clubs. Today, massage therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals, retirement communities and even airports. Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for stress relief and relaxation.
Elizabeth Gray, B.S.B.A, C.P.T, LMBT