Massage has been practised for thousands of years. Today if you search for massage you can choose from among 80 styles with a wide variety of pressures, movements and techniques. These all involve pressing, rubbing or manipulating muscle soft tissue with hands, elbows, fingers, forearms and sometimes even feet. Wondering which style of massage is right for you? Read on for a rundown of some of the most popular options all offered by Vive Studios. Some massages are more physically intense than others but remember, you always have a role in guiding your therapist about how much pressure feels good to you and where it’s applied.

SPORTS MASSAGE 

Sport massage was developed to assist with muscle systems used for particular sport. Sport massage uses a variety of approaches to help athletes in training. This massage can be performed before, during or after a sport event. Sport massage therapist is also trained to assist with the relief of common injuries caused by muscle or tendon tightness. The following is some examples of injuries that sport massage assist with:

  1. Tennis elbow
  2. Runners knee
  3. ITB tightness
  4. Plantar fasciitis
  5. Bursitis
  6. Tight Psoas
  7. Tight Gluteus
  8. Lower back pains
  9. Rotator cuff recovery
  10. Most tendonitis issues

Pro athletes receive a massage almost every day to assist with recovery after strenuous training sessions and to help prevent sneaky injuries from creeping up due to muscle tightness. If you’re a athlete you need to think about increasing your sport massage visits to improve overall muscle performance and reduce injury frequency or duration.

SWEDISH MASSAGE

This is one of the most common types of massage therapy. It involves soft, long kneading strokes as well as light rhythmic tapping strokes on the topmost layers of muscle. This is also combined with movements of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish massage can be both relaxing and energizing and will also help after injury or sickness. Common strokes used during Swedish massage are:

  1. Effleurage: a smooth, gliding stroke used to relax soft tissue
  2. Petrissage: squeezing, rolling or kneading of muscle tissue
  3. Friction: deep circular movements that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase blood flow and breakdown scar tissue
  4. Tapotment: a short, alternating tap done with cupped hands, fingers or the edge of the hands

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful or stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massages, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic – relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back, neck and shoulder strains and sprains. Deep tissue massage and sport massage as very similar in technique and approach.

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE

Aromatherapy is a soothing, relaxing and enjoyable massage that has various benefits by making use of different essential oils. Aromatherapy is a widespread practice that is believed to entice various feelings and emotions in order to heal fatigue, stress, anxiety and even mood. Scents are selected by the massage therapist depending upon the needs of the client. Lavender is one of the most common essential oils used during aromatherapy due to its calming effects as well as a variety of other uses.

Aromatherapy oils can be

  1. Energizing
  2. Relaxing
  3. Stress-reducing
  4. Rejuvenating
  5. Calming
  6. Alleviate sadness and improve mood

THAI-OIL MASSAGE

During a Thai-oil massage, the therapist first uses various techniques of massage with oil to relax tired and sore muscles. The client is then covered with towels to assist the therapist whom uses their body to move and stretch the client into a variety of yoga-like positions. This type of massage includes compression of muscles, mobilization of joints and acupressure.

REFLEXOLOGY

Reflexology uses hand, thumb and finger techniques to stimulate certain areas of the feet. By using specific pressure techniques crystals or toxin build ups can be detected through pain or the the presence of gritty areas referred to as crystal deposits. These occur in areas of the foot or hand that relates to the part of the body that is imbalanced. The massage technique used in reflexology are designed to dissipate energy blocks, and break down crystalline structures. Through stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems and encouraging the release of toxins, Reflexology promotes the body to heal itself. Benefits of Reflexology include:

  1. Helps prevent disease
  2. Relieve of stress, tension and tiredness
  3. Improve sleep
  4. Improve immune system
  5. Improve blood circulation
  6. Improve lymphatic circulation and drainage
  7. Improve nerve function
  8. Stimulate nerve function
  9. Stimulate anti-oxidants
  10. Stimulate hormones
  11. Reduce headaches
  12. Reduce anxiety
  13. Relief pain and speed up healing

Massage is a way for you to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. Experiment with different types of massage to find the massage that is most ideal for you.

Always communicate you’re expectations and intentions with your massage therapist and speak up if there is something you feel uncomfortable with. Talk to your doctor before getting any type of massage if you have any serious health concerns or conditions.