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The most common type of massage is Swedish Massage Therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on the topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish Massage Therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. It may even help after an injury.
Deep Tissue Massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff "trouble spots" in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissue deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, Deep Tissue Massage can be quite therapeutic - Relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.
Developed to help with muscle systems used for a particular sport, sports massage uses a variety of approaches to help athletes in training - before, during, or after sports events. You might use it to promote flexibility and help prevent injuries, Or, it may help muscle strains, aiding healing after sports injury.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and bio-mechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils in a massage treatment. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the lymphatic system that affect heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system. Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a massage therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. Cupping is use for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.