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What Different Types of Massages Are There?

What Is Deep Tissue Massage?

Massage is a healing technique which has been around for thousands of years. Different cultures created their own styles, so there are several different kinds of therapeutic massages today. Some of the most common techniques are hot stone, Swedish, reflexology, shiatsu and deep tissue massage.

Swedish massage was created in the 1800s. This technique is known by its long and smooth strokes which press and stretch muscles. Created by a Swedish doctor, this method employs a series of raps across the shoulders and back to help tense muscles, and create a relaxation state. Swedish massage improves the circulation and allows the body to release harmful toxins.

Hot stone massage massage uses heated up stones which are then placed on the back and palms. The use of this technique stretches back at least 2,000 years and became popular at the end of the 20th century. Smooth and flat stones are heated, then placed on different parts of the back known to keep tension.

The heat generated from the stones helps to relax muscles and allows the massage therapist to manipulate muscles into a more deeper state of relaxation. Often, the therapist will use hot stones to massage a particular tense area. This type of massage will ease pain and improve circulation.

Deep tissue massage also referred to as deep connective tissue. This technique uses several of the same strokes as the Swedish method goes deeper due to the fact that it targets the connective tissue found between the muscles. More pressure is used, so a deep tissue massage can, on occasion, be uncomfortable. However, it is a beneficial discomfort since this technique releases more toxins than other kinds of massages. The therapist will reduce pressure if their client gets too uncomfortable.

Reflexology is a technique which mostly concentrates on the feet. Points on the bottom of a persons foot correspond to different parts of the body which are massaged. It is said that massaging different places on the bottom of feet will ease some health conditions that are associated with these points.

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