Choosing From My Massage Menu: It's All About You!
I’ve blogged a lot about the benefits of regular massage — including relief from back, neck and headache pain, improved range of motion. reduced osteoarthritis symptoms, reduced cancer-treatment symptoms, increased vascular circulation, and reduced symptoms of depression. But I haven’t really covered the 30 certifications I have for the various types of massage I can do.
No, I'm not showing off. It's just that it might get tedious to list them all. But there are some criteria you can use to determine the type of massage YOU NEED. There are dozens of types of massage therapy, and I can use more than one style to customize a massage just for you.
What Type of Massage is Best for YOU?
Swedish massage is the one most people know about. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic strokes on the topmost layers of muscles. I use slow, deliberate motions that focus more intense pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other painful or stiff, deep-tissue areas.
I’ve written extensively about sports massage, usually at times when my clients are most likely to be running, swimming, playing tennis, cycling or just going on brisk walks. The type of massage technique employs a variety of approaches to help you with flexibility which prevents injuries and can aid in muscle and nerve recovery.
I often get clients whose doctors prescribe or recommend massage as well. Medical massage is intended to resolve problems using a variety of massage techniques. whether it’s lymphatic drainage, back relief for expectant moms, pain-ridden clients, or recovery following surgery.
If you're getting a massage for pure relaxation, that is fine, too! And, if you happen to fall asleep during the massage, don’t be embarrassed, it’s a wonderful compliment and the nicest form of flattery I can receive.
There are other types of massage I haven’t explained such as acupressure, cupping, and neuromuscular to name just a few. I haven’t included them here because it would take too long to explain each and every type of massage and who would best benefit from each particular technique.
Please Tell Me!
Keep in mind the type of massage that is best for you may vary every time you come in. That is because your body will need different things based on a variety of factors such as recent physical activity, your overall level of stress, recent illnesses, any strained or pulled muscles, and the list goes on but you get my point.
The key here is communication. I need you to tell me what hurts; tell me what doesn’t move as well as it used to; tell me what your goal for your massage might be so I can make sure to meet your expectations.