Massage Therapy Techniques
Massage is a therapeutic practice of rubbing and kneading the body’s muscles or joints using hands to relieve pain or tension. Massage can be a part of physical therapy, or it can be practiced on its own. It effectively reduces disorders in your body or pain in your nervous system or muscles and stress.
As a massage therapist, it is important to understand the basic massage techniques and their benefits. You can be able to discuss with your client the best massage techniques that you can offer them.
Massage therapy can be offered in clinics, spas, cruise ships, resorts, physical therapy centers, and medical facilities for healing purposes.
The Importance of Massage Therapy
The demand for massage therapy is growing because it’s beneficial to your health and wellness. Massage therapy is important for the following reasons:
- It improves your blood circulation
- Reduces the tension in your muscles
- It increases your relaxations
- It improves your ability to move your body parts
- Decreases fatigue and stiffness of your muscles
- It also improves the functioning of your soft tissue
Types of Massage Therapy Techniques
There are different types of massage therapy techniques, and this article will help you decide which is the right one for you. Some of them available at Ottawa Health: Performance and Rehabilitation include:
- Swedish Massage
This is a gentle type of massage best for people who are either getting a massage for the first time, either tensed or sensitive to touch. It helps your body release muscle knots and relaxes during the massage. The massage therapist will use a combination of the following physiotherapy massage techniques
- Vibration and tapping
- Deep and Circular motions
- Long and flowing strokes directed towards your heart.
- Techniques to move your passive joint
This massage therapy usually takes 60 to 90 minutes.
- Hot Stone Massage Technique
A hot stone massage is good for people who feel pain or tension in their muscles or want to relax. It is the same as Swedish therapy, but in this case, the therapist uses heated stones in addition to their hands.
During the massage, your therapist will place the heated stones on different parts of your body, and they may hold the stone while kneading or rubbing your body. Sometimes they can use a cold stone. The massage lasts for 90 minutes. Hot stone massage helps you relax, improve blood flow, reduce pain, and relieve stress.
- Aromatherapy Massage
This type of surgery is for those who want to have an emotional healing component. It combines both gentle, soft pressure and essential oils. Your therapist can decide the essential oils to use, but you can choose it if you have a preference. These oils are first diluted before applying them to your skin.
Your therapist will do the full body massage while you are inhaling the essentials oils through a diffuser, absorbing them into your skin. Sometimes the therapy may only focus on your shoulders, back, and head. It takes 60 to 90 minutes.
- Trigger Point Massage
This type of massage technique is good for people who have to feel pain, have injuries, or have a specific issue or problem. Areas of tightness in muscle tissue called trigger points can sometimes cause pain in other parts of the body. The massage focuses on relieving trigger points, therefore, reducing the pain that you bear feeling.
Your massage therapist in Ottawa will use broad and flowing strokes on your body, gentle, relaxing, and combined with deeper and stronger pressure. The massage is for your whole body, though your therapist will focus on the parts of your body that needs to be released. You can be fully or partially dressed or wear light clothing through the massage. It only lasts for at most 90 minutes.
- Prenatal Massage
Prenatal Massage is meant for pregnant women. It helps to reduce body aches, ease muscle tension and reduce stress during pregnancy. Dr. Rich Raigoza will use mild pressure similar to Swedish therapy, and your therapist will focus on areas such as your hips, lower back, or legs. Women can either lie on the side or a specifically designed table, cutout on the belly. The massage takes 45 to 60 minutes and is not advisable for women in their first trimester because there is a higher risk of miscarriage.