Massage isn’t just a way to pamper yourself and feel good. Massage is a complementary medicine that can be offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It can be a powerful tool to help you:
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- Reduce or manage pain
- Increase range of motion
- Lower blood pressure
- Ease symptoms of depression
- Sleep better
- Enhance physical performance
- Cut down on headaches
There are several types of massage that focus on different parts of the body with variations from gentle to strong pressure. A few of the most common massage techniques include:
Therapeutic massage is any type of massage that targets an area of your body to relieve specific discomfort and pain.
Swedish massage is a gentle type of full body massage emphasizing long circular motions and kneading that can release muscle knots and help you fully relax.
Deep tissue massage uses more pressure and reaches muscles and connective tissue on a deeper level. This type requires an expert and is a good option to help relieve tight muscles, chronic muscle pain and anxiety.
Always communicate with your massage therapist to determine what techniques are best for you.