The Different Types Of Massages

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Have you ever wanted to go for a massage therapy session but didn't know what type of massage to
get? Massage therapy is a very diverse field of work and there are many types of massage to choose
from that range from full-body stress relief to highly targeted methods that relieve muscular pain and
dysfunction. Five of the most popular types of massage are Swedish massage, Deep Tissue Massage,
Hot Stone Massage, Sports Massage, and Neuromuscular Therapy.

1. Swedish Massage - this is the most common type of massage in the United States and perhaps the
world. Swedish massage is known for its long gliding strokes, kneading strokes, friction strokes, and
percussion as well as joint movements that feel great while improving range of motion. It's most often
thought of as a "spa" type of massage but it's much more than that. Swedish massage is great for
reducing stress, improving circulation, improving range of motion of your joints, and helping you
actually feel better in your own skin. Swedish massage can range from light pressure to a heavier
pressure depending on your comfort level. It's more than just a "feel good" massage it is very

2. Deep Tissue Massage - right behind Swedish massage in popularity and availability, Deep Tissue
Massage is one of the best known and most often requested types of massage. This massage shares
some strokes and techniques with Swedish massage and is used to root out chronic tension in the
deeper musculature and connective tissues that contribute to pain and loss of range of motion in joints.
While some massage therapy practitioners use a heavier, sometimes uncomfortable pressure in Deep
Tissue Massage it should be noted that a more moderate pressure can reach deep tissues and achieve
great results with little discomfort.

3. Hot Stone Massage - this type of massage is probably the most relaxing and luxurious massage being
given today. Heated basalt stones are added to the massage and are used by the massage therapist to
perform a mini heat treatment as well as gliding massage strokes that seem to melt away stress and

4. Sports Massage - just like it sounds, Sports Massage is geared toward athletes at every level from
professional to the "weekend warrior" and those who strive for a higher level of fitness. Rather than a
specific form of massage, Sports Massage is generally a combination of massage techniques tailored to
the athlete's needs. The Sports Massage might be applied to one area to relieve pain or might be more
general in nature to assure overall performance.

5. Neuromuscular Therapy - also called "NMT" or Neuromuscular Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy is
a well known massage technique for relieving muscular pain, and muscle spasm throughout the body.
Neuromuscular Therapy is effective with myofascial trigger points causing "referred" pain that
originates from someplace other than where it's felt. This technique uses very targeted compression and
friction massage techniques, positioning, and stretching to release the myofascial trigger points in
muscles as well as restrictions in tendons, muscular attachments, and sometimes fascia surrounding the

All of the massage techniques described here can help you receive the health benefits of massage. Of
course there are many more massage therapy techniques available that are relaxing, stress reducing, and
that relieve chronic tension and pain.

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