Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage therapists typically use their hands and fingers for massage, but may also use their forearms, elbows and even feet. Massage may range from light pressure to deep pressure.
If you have never had a professional massage because you might not know exactly which one to choose, here are a few descriptions on the types of massages that our L.M.T. Beth Marlowe has to offer at our office.
Swedish – This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
Deep Tissue – This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries and over use.
Sports massage – This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
Trigger point massage –This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
Aromatherapy Massage – Essential oils are great to use for common issues such as sinus headaches, allergies, muscle or joint pain, anxiety and much more so while having a relaxing massage, Beth will use the right oils to add into your massage session.
Hot Stone – Hot stone massage is a more popular spa therapy which includes placing warm smooth, flat stones on key points of the body. The massage therapist may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain problem areas of the body. Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet. It’s also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure. People also get hot stone massage for a variety of health conditions including back pain and aches, poor circulation, arthritis, osteoarthritis, stress, anxiety and tension, insomnia, and depression.
Prenatal Massage – Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).
In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension ,which aids in better sleep and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes. At you next OB visit ask your doctor for a release letter giving you the permission for massage.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension and can also be helpful for conditions such as pregnancy, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia related to stress, myofascial pain syndrome, paresthesias and nerve pain, soft tissue strains or injuries, sports injuries, and temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ).
If you are still unsure of which massage would be best for you, consult with our L.M.T Beth Marlowe for more information.