Techniques of Massage

There are as many forms as massage as there are benefits when receiving it. Here is a sample list of the many individual massage techniques used around the world:

  • Gliding
  • Kneading
  • Friction
  • Holding
  • Percussion
  • Pumping
  • Vibration
  • Compression
  • Direct pressure
  • Cross-fiber friction
  • Rocking
  • Skin rolling
  • Stretching
  • Traction

Different techniques will be used in different types of massage. For example, Kneading is a technique used in Swedish massage.

We are going to look at the most popular massage technique, Swedish. Swedish is a good first technique to experience, and is noted for its ability to relax the body, relieve stress, unkink tight, cramped or knotted muscles, as well as the form most often used in couples massage. You will lie on a massage table, covered with a sheet or light cloth. Your massage therapist will ask you about your comfort level, including room temperature, music options, and any areas you do want massaged, as well as areas of your body you don’t want touched. Your masseuse will be utmost concerned with your comfort, and wants you to let him know what works best for you. His or her massage techniques will incorporate:

  • Effleurage. This involves long sweeping strokes used both at the beginning and the end of your massage.
  • Petrissage. Muscle kneading and rolling where the muscles are worked on just like kneading dough. Go ahead and think of yourself as a giant cinnamon roll being prepared for baking.
  • Friction. Friction involves applying deep pressure to a particular spot or spots with the thumb, fingertips, or knuckles.

Another massage form you may have heard of is Deep tissue Massage. Deep tissue is quite the opposite from Swedish, in that it is not geared to relax you, but to apply apply intense pressure to specific muscles all the way down to the bone to treat stiff, painful trouble areas like your shoulder and neck. It can actually be quite uncomfortable both during the process, and for days afterword. Deep tissue massage is not employed all over the body, as Swedish Massage is, only to specific muscles where one is experiencing ongoing pain. So If your stiff neck will simply not respond to other treatments, Deep Tissue might just do the trick. You might need to follow it up with a Swedish Massage later just to relax from the potential discomfiture it can temporarily create.

Trigger point massage is very similar to deep tissue massage. Like Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Massage only addresses specific areas of the body. Using this technique, your therapist focuses in exclusively on the problem muscle and coaxes it with deep pressure to relax.

Many other massage techniques are available. To choose the appropriate method for yourself, talk to your masseuse or health care team. Getting a massage in Fort Collins is a beneficial and healthy undertaking, pinpointing the best technique for your specific situation will only add to to its many benefits.

Certain types of massage, or a combination of techniques, will often be incorporated to address specific patient health problems. The purpose is to effectively use methods  that best suit specific pain or injuries. Often, a combination of massage techniques will be employed to give the most benefit to the patient.

Additionally, massage can be used as a preventing or preventative technique. For example, if you know you will be moving heavy furniture all weekend, getting a massage prior will help relax muscles, as well as allow your masseuse to find any areas in your body that are already stressed.. She can employ the appropriate effective techniques for your specific situation. If she finds that you already have a strained muscle, she is likely to engage in some massage techniques designed to loosen it, so your physical exertion will further aggravate that area, and increase pain. It really is very good injury prevention to engage in a muscle relaxing massage prior to arduous physical activity. it loosens you up, and your body will react better to the upcoming strain. This is why so many athletes get massage treatment prior to an event. Boxers especially, need to go into the ring as loose as possible to avoid injury. Football players, dancers, and even marathon runners will greatly benefit from pre-activity massage therapy.

Many people undergoing stress, whether it’s physical, mental, or psychological also benefit from massage. If you’re overwhelmed, a massage will greatly aid in first calming your body, which then will equip your body to calm your nerves. A massage can give anyone who is overwhelmed some relief from the tension they have inadvertently acquired in the body from stress. Being physically calmed down is one of the best techniques for getting mentally calmed down.

Likewise, if you’re experiencing a difficult issue, ranging from actual mental illness or even substance abuse rehabilitation, your body will tense up. Many mental health therapists and alcohol and drug counselors now recommend massage as part of a wellness program in either coping with the issue, or helping the patient get through the crisis with less stress.

Whatever your situation, be sure and take advantage of a wonderful massage in Fort Collins, and not just when you have a painful injury.. Massage is a non-invasive treatment that can provide immediate results, without requiring any medications or specialized work. It can benefit other treatments, or act as a stand alone therapy. Your Fort Collins chiropractor will have capable masseurs on staff  to aid you in whatever your wellness needs are. Give them a call, if you are injured, stressed, or planning on engaging in some physical activity. you will be greatly pleased with the results.

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