Massage therapy is a form of therapy in which the soft tissues of a person's body are manipulated in a way that helps bring relief from many types of pain, inflammation, stress, headaches, and other issues. There are also different types of massage therapy that use different techniques to get the desired effect. You will be able to learn about some of the more popular types of massage therapy when you continue reading this short guide on the topic.
Custom massage therapy
A custom massage is one in which a variety of massage techniques are combined in order to help give the client the type of relief they are trying to achieve. For example, if a client comes in complaining that they are stressed at work and this is leaving them with bad headaches, then the massage therapist may use some reflexology techniques to help them with stress relief and use some deep tissue massage techniques to loosen tight muscles and work out stubborn knots the person developed due to the stress they are under.
Reflexology massage therapy
The body has nerve endings in the face, ears, hands, and feet that are connected to other parts of the body, including muscles and organs. During a reflexology massage session, pressure will be put on these nerve endings to help the client with problems they may be experiencing in other parts of their body. For example, pressure would be applied to a place on the client's foot to help them get relief from headaches. Pressure may also be put on their hand to help bring relief from asthma attacks, and so on. This type of massage can help with many things, and just a few of them include eliminating toxins, improving circulation, reducing pain, increasing energy, improving sleep, and much more.
Deep tissue massage therapy
A deep tissue massage is a massage in which slow, deep, and long strokes are used in order to help reach the deep muscles and tissues in order to relieve stress and tension. This type of massage often lasts for over an hour and it can make someone feel very tired and relaxed right afterward, but they will feel noticeably better shortly after.
Sports massage therapy
A sports massage is done using a technique in which the soft tissues often aggravated when participating in sports are focused on. A sports massage will help to get rid of stiff and sore muscles while also helping the client to feel more relaxed.