The idea of a massage may conjure images of a relaxing day at the spa sipping cucumber water. However, massage is so much more than a luxury. It can also improve posture, relieve pain, and address chronic health issues.
Types of Massage
There are several types of massage that serve different purposes. You should talk with your therapist about the right type, or combination of types, for you.
This full body massage, which combines gentle strokes and pressure with the primary goal of relaxation, is the most commonly used type of massage.
Deep Tissue Massage
This more forceful form of massage targets various muscles. “It seeks to work on deeper muscle layers,” says Reg Wassom, licensed massage therapist at A Kneading Touch and Baptist Health/ Milestone Wellness Center. It is often used to treat injury or for individuals with chronic muscle pain.
“Sports massage relieves muscular soreness and increases or maintains range of motion,” says Reg. This type of massage can be performed before an activity to help stretch muscles and decrease the risk of injury, or after as a form of recovery.
The target of this massage is your lymphatic fluid. Through the use of gentle touch, this massage can promote the flow of lymphatic fluid and increase its effectiveness. “This type of massage is great for people with fluid retention or rheumatoid arthritis,” says Reg.
By Tami Pyles
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