The Different Types of Massages
by Rico Respad
In our modern way of life, rushing is pretty much a standard.
This, of course, leads to stress and body abuse. One way to combat
this course of events is to schedule a massage to give both your
mind and body a break.
Picture a massage and you, me and everyone else thinks of the
version with a faintly Eastern feel to it. While such images are
certainly correct, there are actually many styles of massages out
there. In fact, the most popular is not Eastern at all.
The number on massage in America is the Swedish. Ask for a general
massage, and this is what you get. It is a relaxing massage made up
of smooth strokes and circular motions. Soft music is often played.
Good for temporary relief for a day or two.
And then there is the serious massage. Yes, the deep tissue. This
massage is designed to get at the tension and knots deep down in
your muscles. Strokes are strong and slow. It is designed to give
you good results, not a good experience while it is
As the name suggests, the deep tissue massage is a more thorough
treatment. The goal is to get at the underlying tensions and knots
founds in your muscles. This requires slow strokes with lots of
pressure. You will grimace. You will complain. You will feel
Next up we have the massage from Thailand. This can be a confusing
massage the first time. It is done on a padded floor and involves
the twisting and stretching of your body. It is designed to align
energy points. When done properly, results are tremendous.
I am a huge fan of a properly done Thai massage. The problem is
finding a therapist that does an authentic version. If you love a
quality massage, I strongly suggest you take a trip to Thailand
once in your life and get an authentic massage. They are less than
The Japanese bring us the Shiatsu massage, which is similar to the
Thai version and popular. The goal again is to align the energy
centers, known as meridians, on the body. This is not done with
twisting, but with the use of finger pressure on those spots.
The hot stone massage is becoming more popular by the day it seems.
This is a light massage that uses heat to unlock muscle
intersections. Stones are heated and then placed on points of
muscle tension. The tension then melts away. A very superficial
Being pregnant is both a time of great joy and misery. Pregnancy
massages are designed to help with the misery by addressing aches,
swelling and pain. These should only be undertaken with a therapist
experienced in the practice.
I love massages. If you find them relaxing and helpful to your
overall well being, don't skimp on them. One a week or so is a good
course of action and many therapist will give you a discount for
the steady work.
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