Different Types Of Massages & Their Benefits: What Is Reflexology?

Massage therapy involves applying pressure to the muscles, soft tissues of the body for achieving relaxation and good health. Massage therapy is helpful to treat conditions such as stress, anxiety, tension, depression, insomnia, headache, body pain and high blood pressure.

Deep Tissue Massage therapy

Deep tissue massage involves treatment of chronic muscle tension or knots which are also referred to as adhesions. Since deep tissue massage involves deeper layers and connective tissues, the therapist needs to apply slow yet intense and focused pressure.

Deep tissue massage helps to eliminate muscle tightness, increase blood and lymph circulation, helps release toxins and improves posture. Deep tissue massage is mostly used to treat athletes, injuries and chronic muscle pain.

Benefits Of Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage involves placing varying sizes of smooth heated basalt stones on certain important points along the spine, in the palms and between the toes of the recipient. Sometimes, therapists may also massage by holding heated stones in his hands.

These smooth stones are heated at 120 to 150 degrees in water before starting the massage. They absorb and retain this heat. The heat radiated from these stones helps to relax and loosen the tight muscles and also relieves pain.
Hot stone massage is helpful in treating muscular aches, back pain and arthritis.  It helps release toxins and improves circulation.

It is also useful to treat stress, anxiety and insomnia.

Reflexology Massage Technique

Reflexology massage technique involves applying pressure to certain important points on the feet, hands and ears as these points are directly correlated with various internal organs. Stimulating reflex points of feet, hands and ears improves functioning of the internal organs and promotes good health.

Reflexology is very relaxing, reduces tension, improves circulation and helps detoxification. It is particularly useful to treat arthritis, asthma, insomnia, sinus, digestion problems, headaches and backaches.

Techniques Of Thai Massage

Thai massage involves stretching or bending for relaxing muscles and ligaments. Next step is Sen compressing which means applying pressure along meridian points to restore balance of energy flow.  Then acupressure stimulates important points and improves functions of the related organs.

Thai massage uses a lot of techniques such as compressing, Squeezing, Friction Gliding, Rolling, Slapping, Circulating, Twisting, Stretching and Cracking. Thai massage relieves stress, improves functioning of the circulatory system, respiratory system and digestive system. It relaxes muscles, increases mobility, mind and body concentration.

Trigger Point Massage Or Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points are tender areas in a muscle. When these tender points are pressed, they trigger pain in other areas. When you press a tender point of the back, it may trigger pain in the neck. Trigger point technique traces the exact source of the pain and eases pain by using press and release technique.

Trigger point massage helps release toxins, reduces stiffness and swelling. It improves circulation, range of motion, flexibility and coordination. Trigger point therapy is useful to treat conditions such as backaches, pain in the knees, shoulders, muscle spasms, weakness and sciatica.