Massage Therapy Techniques have made many advances in recent years. Not only is it beneficial for relaxation, massage therapy is now often used to compliment tradition medical treatments. There are various kinds of massage therapy techniques offered for a variety of needs. Let’s look at some of the benefits of different types of massage.

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage technique has been shown to have many benefits. Including; reduce back pain, reduced joint pain, improve circulation, reduced swelling, relieve muscle tension and headaches, aid in better sleep, reduced stress and anxiety, regulate hormones as well as improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles. Although most massage training institutions teach massage therapy techniques for women who are pregnant, it is best to find a massage therapist who is certified in prenatal massage.

Aromatherapy Massage

Many massage techniques are enhanced by the use of essential oils. Essential oils are inhaled and also believed to be absorbed through the skin. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted through the nostrils to the limbic system, which affects heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system. The limbic system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. The choice of oils can range from relaxing to energizing.

Hot Stone Massage

Heated stones send penetrating warth to help ease away muscular tension & stress. The stones can be used for their heat alone, or as massage tools used in combination with essential oils used in aromatherapy. Basalt rocks are generally used because of their heat retention properties, and are usually heated to around 125-150 degrees using hot water. The smooth, rounded stones are then placed along various points on the body to open up energy channels and promote circulation.

Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). These techniques can be a matter of personal preference. Although, due to some health conditions the lighter touch of Swedish massage may be recommended over deep tissue. Discuss this with your therapist prior to your massage.