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Massage Glossary

Everything You Need to Know About Massage

There are a variety of massages available, ranging from athletic and rigorous in technique to soothing and aimed at muscle recovery. Here are a few of the main massages available.

Swedish

The keystone of Swedish massage is long therapeutic strokes that will ease muscle tension while directing blood flow to your heart.

Deep Tissue

As it’s name suggests, deep tissue targets specific muscles and requires a deep massage of the underlying tissue. If you have a tight knot in one specific area, deep tissue massage can offer relief.

Thai

Thai massage incorporates yoga-like poses as a part of the technique. You can usually remain clothed in loose fitting garments, and your massage therapist serves as an instructor.

Reflexology

This type of massage focuses on pressure points in the feet. The massage therapist can heal various pain points across your body by placing pressure on the accompanying target on your feet.

Neck and Shoulder

Neck and shoulder massages target the tension and anxiety that is often held in your upper body. The massage therapist will work specifically on your neck and shoulder region; these massages are generally short, clocking in at 30 minutes or less.

Prenatal

Expectant mothers can benefit from the relaxing qualities of a massage. You can reduce swelling in extremities and get a reprieve from lower back pain thanks to a prenatal massage.

Hot Stone

Hot stone massages combine the long strokes of a Swedish technique with heated stones. The rocks are placed in specific points along your hands, back, and front to ease tension and reduce anxiety.

Cold Stone

A cold stone massage uses cooled rocks to reduce swelling in sinuses and muscles. Like hot stone massage, Swedish massage techniques are often incorporated as well.

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