Since there are so many types of massage available, knowing which one to go with can sometimes seem like a daunting task. However it’s important that when choosing a massage, you understand how each one works so you can get the right one for your needs.
One main category of massage is known as therapeutic massage. While all massages administered by Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) have therapeutic benefits, the term “therapeutic massage” generally refers to massage techniques that are a bit more intense than a relaxation massage and can involve the treatment of specific health issues.
From deep tissue massage to Thai yoga massage, each type of therapeutic massage therapy has its own approach and each provides a different type of relief.
Therapeutic Massage Styles
- Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a style of massage which aims to reduce chronic pain, inflammation, and tension in the body that’s most commonly associated with arthritis and tendonitis. The Registered Massage Therapist uses slow movements while applying pressure on the body, either going with or across the muscle and tendons to help loosen the body and relieve pain.
- Sports Massage
Sports massages rely on a variety of techniques for a deep and intense massage. A massage therapist will use friction, stretching, compression, and even a trigger-point response technique that’s seen in both acupressure and shiatsu massages. A sports massage is most often used for athletes or individuals who are prone to overworking specific muscles.
- Thai Yoga Massage
If you’re looking for a unique therapeutic massage, try Thai yoga massage. This massage technique is an interesting blend between yoga and massage, and also has two styles to it. Those looking for a more acupressure oriented massage should try the southern style, while the northern style is more yoga-centric.
If you’re looking for the perfect massage to de-stress or relieve chronic aches and pains, give the experts at the Mantra Wellness Centre a call: 403-266-8933.