Massages are for healing and relaxing. Most consider massages the best way to pamper yourself. However, for those who are not overly familiar with massages and the many benefits, you may wonder what are the differences between the varying types of massage and how they are meant to help a person. When more than one style of massage is offered you may wonder which one is right for you. Today The Skin and Body Refinery will share the different types of massage and how they are intended to help heal and relax the body.

Swedish Massage Techniques

The Swedish massage is one of the most desired style of massages. Swedish massages help soothe and relax the body. Swedish massages often use long sweeping strokes known as Effeurage, which is used at the beginning and end of the massage. Swedish massages also uses Petrissage which use rolling and kneading of the main muscle groups. It is a lot like rolling dough. Deeper pressure is also applied using thumbs, knuckles and fingertips to work on the deeper, finer muscle tissue. Another common trait of a Swedish massage is when the therapist uses a rhythmic tapping movement called tapotement which is essentially a chopping technique used to tenderize the muscle. Swedish massages can help the body feel softer, more relaxed, and help allow the body to heal. Swedish massages are often sought after by athletes to help work the soreness out and help muscles heal faster.

Hot Stone Massage; What to Expect

Hot stone massages are often shown in pictures to advertise a massage spa, but how does it work? The stones don’t have a secret healing magic as some superstitious people may believe. The warm stones are first warmed and then placed on the back. The stone provides small weight that is placed on the muscles. The stone is also used as a massaging tool. While the warm stone applies pressure to the muscles, it also helps to relax the muscle and prepare it for the massage. The stones are then rolled off the muscle, helping to release tension and relax the muscle. Hot Stone Massage helps relax the body and make the person feel rejuvenated. Hot stone massage makes for a perfect gift and is a great way to pamper yourself.

Deep Tissue Massage Benefits

Another one of the most desirable massages is the deep tissue massage. As the name suggests, a deep tissue massage is when the thumbs, knuckles and elbows are used to apply deep pressure into a troubled spot. For those who suffer from muscle pain and knots, often the tissue needs to be worked out. Athletes or laborers and those who do hard physical activity often develop muscle problems, such as soreness and muscle tightness which can result in nerve damage that further affect the muscles. Deep tissue massages work the muscle’s need in the body. Some will even try to reach down to the bone to help release the pressure or tightness in the muscle. Deep tissue massage are meant to help heal the body and is often needed by those who work their body. For those with muscle tightness, soreness and knots, a deep tissue massage is needed to help heal the body.

Cupping Massage Therapy

Cupping is much like the reverse of massage. As opposed to applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most people, this is a particularly relaxing and calming sensation. The suction and negative pressure can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, fatigue, stiff muscles, rheumatism, migraines, anxiety and even cellulite.

Massage Therapy in Waco, Texas

When your body needs a massage, contact The Skin and Body Refinery. We provide swedish, hot stone, deep tissue, sport massages and cupping massage therapy. Pick the one that’s right for you and schedule an appointment today!

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