There are many different types of massages: Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, sports massage, and MANY more. Each type of massage offers unique benefits and uses specific techniques. It’s important to choose a massage that suits your needs and preferences. At Healing Hands, we perform an array of modalities and techniques and will explain below the most popular ones:
Swedish massage is a type of therapeutic work that uses long strokes, kneading, friction, circular movements, vibration, tapping and other techniques to relax and energize the body. It can help reduce muscle tension, improve circulation, and promote overall relaxation. It is typically performed with oil or lotion and is known for its ability to reduce stress, ease muscle tension, and promote overall relaxation. Other benefits may include increased flexibility, improved range of motion, and relief from stress and anxiety.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target areas of tension and pain.
The benefits of deep tissue massage include reducing chronic pain, improving blood pressure, breaking up scar tissue, and improving range of motion. It can also promote relaxation and reduce stress. It is important to note that deep tissue massage may cause some discomfort during the session, but the benefits are worth it. However, always let your massage therapist know if the pressure is too much – “no pain no gain” does not apply to massage!
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a form of massage therapy that involves the use of smooth, heated stones. The stones are placed on specific points on the body and can be used to massage muscles. The heat from the stones helps to relax muscles and increase circulation, which can provide a range of benefits, including stress reduction, pain relief, and improved flexibility. Additionally, the warmth of the stones can create a deeply relaxing and soothing experience.
At Healing Hands, we use instant reusable heat packs – they’re just like hot stones but better as they are soft enough to glide over areas where hot stones would not feel comfortable, like the scapula and spine.
Sports massage is a type of massage that focuses on the muscles and soft tissues used in physical activity. It can increase flexibility, reduce muscle tension, and improve blood flow, which can help with injury prevention and recovery. It can also reduce stress and promote relaxation.
If you are interested in the benefits of massage and the science behind it, check out one of our blogs “Are the benefits of massage scientifically proven?” Or even better, book with us and try one of our massages! 😉