When most of us think about massages, we think spas, cucumber on our eyes, and usually hope for a good looking masseuse. While these are definitely some luxuries that surround the concept of a massage, getting regular massages actually go a long way in benefiting your body. Therapeutic massages and targeted massage therapies are two different areas, and we’ll explain how you can stay healthy with massage therapy below.
While there are many different types of massages, therapeutic massages are meant for relaxation. Massages such as Swedish, reflexology, and Thai, are common relaxation massages. These are usually the most common type of massage, and the goal is to allow your body to release pent up stress, anxiety, or other similar symptoms. The process experienced here is slow, smooth, fluid and flowing using various hand movements and pressures. The overall intention with a relaxation or therapeutic massage is to provide general comfort in an individual, and create an atmosphere where the mind can relax as well. By soothing both physical and mental aspects of a person, therapeutic massages promote well-being and health. They can keep colds at bay in the winter, promote blood circulation, eliminate tension and anxiety, and restore an individual’s endorphin and serotonin levels, providing more happiness and content in a person’s life. Allow some relaxation in your life and stay healthy with massage therapy.
Targeted massages can come in many different forms, such as deep tissue, sports related, pregnancy massage, and so on. While targeted massages do offer relaxation and elimination of stress as well, they are more specific to an area of your body that requires attention and care. Perhaps you have injured your knee playing sports, or you suffer from lower back pain. Targeted massage therapy aims to work on the areas that are in pain or need to be restored to good health.
Deep tissue massages are a good example of targeted massage therapy, as they aim to relieve tight knots and areas of severe tension that has been built up in your body. Therapeutic massages work with the muscles directly below the skin, whereas targeted and deep tissue massages work with the muscles deeper under the top surface. A targeted massage might not be a full-body massage as is common with therapeutic massages, as the masseuse will instead concentrate more time and pressure on the area which needs therapy.
Usually with targeted massage therapy, one session isn’t enough to cure the body of its ailment, and requires multiple sessions over the course of weeks or months. Sports related or specific massages are often paired with given exercise routines or posture improvements so as to ensure you do everything possible to nurse your body back to strength.
Whether you suffer from chronic pain, have a sports-related injury, or feel like you need to de-stress a little bit, consider massage therapy and watch your physical and mental self improve drastically. Contact us to book an appointment today, and stay healthy with massage therapy!