Your body is quite skilled at telling you when it deserves a massage—if only it could tell you what kind of treatment it would benefit the most from. If you’re new to massages or have never explored beyond your typical Swedish session, it might be challenging to navigate all of the many forms of massages available. Fortunately, we’re here to help you learn about the advantages of the different types of massage we offer. The good news is that our therapeutic massages already blend most of these styles into each massage depending on your massage goals. So, let’s jump into it and get to know about the best variations of massages and which ones your body needs right now.

1. Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is intended to relieve severe muscular stress. It works exceptionally well if you have musculoskeletal illnesses, posture issues, or persistent muscular discomfort and tightness. Massage therapists focus deep direct pressure utilizing their hands and elbows. If you have inflamed joints or an auto-immune disorder, skip deep tissue massage since the forceful nature of the massage may aggravate a flare-up. Another factor to consider is that deep tissue massage should not be really painful. Previous thinking was that deep tissue massage must be painful in order to be effective but that is simply not true. Deep tissue massage focuses on segments of muscles and fascia, with sustained deep pressure that is deeply effective and not painful.

2. Himalayan Salt Stone Massage

Ahh, heat. We know that heat is beneficial in relaxing tense muscles and it also feels wonderful. Warm Himalayan salt stone massage relaxes the body, soothes sore muscles, helps improve sleep and mildly exfoliates the skin. The massage therapist holds the warm salt stones while massaging which creates a unique heated massage where muscular tension simply melts away. Some Himalayan salt stones are frequently included in our regular massage experience.

3. Myofascial Massage

Despite its possibly deceptive name, myofascial massage has nothing to do with your face. It is connected to the fascia, a tissue that connects all of your organs, veins, bones, and muscles. The purpose of myofascial massage is to stimulate that connective tissue. During a session, a therapist will pinpoint and apply physical pressure to regions of your body that are stiff. This may aid in the improvement of limited mobility. To assist in alleviating pain, myofascial massage may also address trigger points and employ stretching.

4. Prenatal Massage

If you are pregnant, it can be very beneficial if you engage with a prenatal massage therapist. Prenatal massage training involves guidance on certain adjustments used to assist in the protection of the baby, treat typical pregnancy symptoms, including lower back pain, and make Mom more comfortable both during and after the session. Prenatal massage is often performed with the client laying on her side or back, with a wedge supporting the back and legs to relieve pressure on the mother’s inner organs.

5. Sports Massage

Sports massage is generally used before or after a sporting event. For instance, you may receive a sports massage the day of or the day before a half-marathon to prepare your body for the action. This massage is frequently not as soothing as other types of massages since the techniques used to apply pressure on the body move quicker than Swedish massage. A typical athletic massage includes a lot of aided stretching. However, you don’t have to be a pro athlete to benefit from a sports massage. It’s excellent for anyone physically active — as well as someone who is just getting started with a new fitness program, running their first 5K or marathon, or doing anything else outside of their typical activity schedule.

6. Swedish Massage

It is at the bottom of the list, but that doesn’t make it unpopular. Swedish massage is sometimes known as “traditional” massage. If you’ve ever had a massage, odds are you’ve had a similar experience to this. Traditional massage therapists often use kneading, stroking, and friction to relax muscles and enhance blood circulation. Before you begin a massage therapy program, you should expect a discussion about your massage goals. You will also be asked to fill out a confidential health history, as well as whether you have any notable problematic places or spots to skip.

Final Thoughts

Choosing from a menu of massage treatments is really challenging and stressful. This is why we offer Therapeutic Massage, which is our expert blend of many different types of massage. We also blend these techniques for our Prenatal clients. The blend of massage methods is influenced not only by your preferences for light or deep pressure but also by your current health and physical condition. Our therapeutic approach at All About the Massage is meant to connect you with massage therapists who are here to support your personal health goals.