1. Swedish massage
Best known and most widely practiced approach to massage. It is also known as Swedish massage or simply massage therapy. The therapist use long smooth strokes and circular movements. It focuses on improving blood flow to the skin and muscle and removing muscle tension. Swedish massage therapy provides generalized relaxation, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and enhances one’s overall state of health.
2. Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage uses a combination of heated stones and massage techniques to relax tense muscles, relieve pain and stiffness and improve circulation. The treatment can be used for ailments like muscular aches, arthritic conditions and autoimmune disorders. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage.
3. Deep Tissue (Sports Massage)
The massage therapist targets the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue by using more pressure from her fingertips. Sport massage is used to warm up muscle tissue, assist in training, prevent injury, painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problem, or recovery from injury.
4. Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with adding one or more highly concentrated plants oils or essential oils to address specific needs. The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. It’s particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians. Blockages to flow of energy results in imbalances: some areas have an excess of energy and others a deficiency. These blockages lead to tension, pain, and diminished health. The Shiatsu practitioner uses a combination of pressure, stretching, and holding key points to treat these blockages and restore a smooth flow of energy and balance in the body.
6. Thai Massage
Like shiatsu, Thai massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. Thai massage also includes compressed, pulled, rocked, and stretched. It’s like yoga without doing any work. Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It also reduces stress and improves flexibility and range of motion.
7. Pregnancy Massage
Pregnancy massage is designed to decrease tension, stress, relieve aches, pains, reduce anxiety, depression, swelling and increase circulation for both pregnant women and those who have just given birth. The massage is customized to a woman’s individual needs.
Reflexology involves applying finger pressure, some stretching and movement to pressure the certain points on the feet that correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet. It is based on the concept that all the organs of the body are mapped to our feet (and hands).