Receiving a massage can be a great experience. Whether you’ve had a long day or have chronic pain due to an accident; a massage provides relief, relaxation and comfort. Depending on you and your personal needs there are many different types of massages you can receive. Most massage clinics offer a variety of massages to suit you. Choosing what type of massage can be confusing if you’re not quite sure what it all involves. Consulting with your Idaho Falls massage clinic can help inform you of what exactly you need.
Types of Massage
There are hundreds of different types of massages. Each type of massage is suited for different needs. Depending on the clinic you visit, it will offer different services. Usually each service is offered in different time increments as well. Most common is an hour-long massage, but also common is an hour and a half or even two hours. Some types of massages include:
- Swedish Massage: A Swedish massage is a gentle full-body massage. This type of massage is best for first timers, those with a lot of overall tension, or sensitive to touch. Swedish massages focus on overall relaxation, circulation and physical and mental wellness. The licensed massage therapist will use techniques such as gliding, kneading, tapping and stretching. This massage is a soothe massage, not a pressure massage.
- Deep Tissue Massage: A Deep Tissues massage uses more pressure than the Swedish massage. This type is great for those that have chronic muscle problems and pain. This massage focuses more on the deeper layers of muscle. Usually your massage therapist will use techniques that use firmer pressure using slow strokes. Many believe that deep pressure will be painful. However, that is a myth when visiting a professional massage therapist.
- Sports Massage: A Sports Massage is used for those that have repetitive injury to a muscle to do continued sporting activities. This type of massage is customized to the individual to help promote healing where it’s needed. Sports massages can also help improve flexibility, mobility and circulation.
Overall, massages are a great way to reduce stress and anxiety, and improve muscle healing and circulation within your body. Along with the different types of massages, your Idaho Falls massage clinic may offer additional add-ons to your massage. Most commonly used is added aromatherapy. Through the use of different essential oils, you can achieve added relaxation and comfort during your visit. Another common add-on is the use of hot stones or hot towels. The heat will help expand blood vessels which helps increase circulation and also helps relieve pain and muscle soreness.
Adding regular visits to your licensed massage therapist is a great addition to your overall healthcare. Massages are not only used to help you heal but to also help avoid future injuries by helping increase your flexibility and mobility. Not to mention they are a great way to wind down and relax. Contact us to schedule your first massage, we promise it won’t be your last.