TYPES OF MASSAGES
Choose the best massage for you!
It’s easy to get lost in massage menus. We are all looking for relief and that’s the main result of each and every massage session, so how are we supposed to choose between over 200 different massage types?
Ask yourself a few easy questions and get that list shortened to just one massage technique and style that will work perfectly for you. Ready? Let’s break it down together!
Am I looking for a stress relief?
Am I looking for a stress relief but also treating stiff, painful spots?
Am I looking to get rid of pain and tension in one particular part of my body?
Am I looking to prevent treating an injury but also enhancing my athletic performance?
Now that you know what you’re looking for, it’s time to get more familiar with the styles and figure out which one will make you feel blissfully pampered today.
Relax massage: If you want to press the “reset” button
You might have some knots but you can’t even think about them because you’re busy feeling tense and stressed out. Or you just need an hour or two for yourself. And maybe you want to spend a relaxing evening with your partner and unwind. If your main goal is to distress and loosen up then by all means book yourself a Relax Massage.
The therapist uses soothing, tapping and kneading strokes to work the entire body relieving muscle tension and loosening sore joints. This type of massage is deeply soothing - it will make you feel like you are wrapped in a cloud. Heavenly!
Deep tissue massage: Let’s get down to business
Don’t let the name scare you, this massage won’t hurt. At least there’ll be no “ouch pain” just that good old “this feels good” pressure. Deep tissue massage is therapeutic which means that it’s designed to treat discomfort in the long run. It targets chronic tension in muscles that lie far below the surface of your body and that’s why it involves slow strokes, direct pressure or friction movements that will go all across the grain of your muscles. Therapists use their thumbs, fingers or even elbows to apply the needed pressure. Look for a deep tissue massage if you have very dense tissue, if you are undergoing physical therapy to aid in the process of scar tissue, or if you just need to break strong muscle tension and stiffness.
And don’t be shy to give instructions to your therapist because some areas will need more or less pressure than others. Deep tissue massage session should feel great, and you should let your therapist know about your preferences.
Focus massage: You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment
Let’s say you have a stiff neck. You go for a deep tissue massage and it feels great but it’s not enough. Each time your therapist strokes a part of your body that’s not your neck, you get kind of disappointed. We’ve all been there. Focus massage is perfect if you know exactly what you want and if you have a tight area with muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body.
This type of massage is perfect for highly localised knots where the body holds tension. It’s often done using the thumb, knuckle or elbow to apply static pressure to your pain points. The goal is to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release – it should be intense but not painful.
Sports massage: Only the best for the athlete
Sports massage is designed for physically active people. You don’t have to be a professional athlete, but you should be doing something that’s outside your normal activity routine. It’s not as relaxing as other forms of massage because of the technique the therapist use – deep pressure at faster pace and aided stretching, but the benefits are great! Physical effects include circulating blood and lymphatic fluids as well as stretching muscle tissue and breaking down scar tissue.
Pro tip: If you want to make the most of your sports performance, pre-event massage can help warm up muscles and improve circulation before competition, but it can also energise or help you focus on the competition. Post-event massage can push waste products out of the body and improve recovery.
The massage types above are some of the most popular massages you can get, and there are many variations but if you know what you want, and by now you know – it’ll be easy to choose the perfect one for you.
And if you have any doubts at all, Kula Health is here for you! Let us know if you have questions, we are glad to help.