Types of Massage
Updated: May 4
Are you looking to book your first massage treatment but are unsure which type of massage will best suit you? There are several different massage treatments to consider. Hopefully, the listings below will help explain each type of massage and help you decide who to turn to.
In my practice I offer Swedish, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone or Aromatherapy & Hot Stones combined, but I also list some other types of massage treatments offered by other local salons.
CAM Aromatherapy Massage Choices:
This is a gentle, destressing, full-body massage designed to relax you, get rid of everyday stresses and strains, give the nervous system and adrenal glands a much-needed holiday, therefore giving the rest of your body some time to heal and rejuvenate. This massage treatment will generally last about an hour, a base oil will be used to facilitate smooth gliding movements which include long, flowing strokes in the direction of the heart, deep circular movements, kneading, and passive joint movements.
I use the same technique as in the Swedish massage for an Aromatherapy massage. The main difference is the use of essential oils during the massage treatment, either in the diffuser providing inhalation therapy, or using a 1-2% dilution of essential oils in the base oil for the massage. This is the perfect massage if you are looking to de-stress, facilitate sleep, boost your mood, reduce anxiety, relieve muscle tension or pain.
Hot Stone Massage
This is an ideal massage for muscular aches and pains, and to relieve tensions and knots. The basic technique I use is again the same as Swedish massage, but with the inclusion of basalt stones heated to a thoroughly warm temperature, using them as an extension to my hands to delve through the skin and fascia* to warm the muscles below and promote deep relaxation, alleviate knots and tension and most importantly to improve blood flow to the muscles. Ideal too for people who suffer from chronic headaches. Depending on the individual, this treatment can include trigger point massage and tapping (tapping of 2 stones over an area of particular tightness, creating vibrations to help the relevant muscle relax).
* What is fascia? The fascia is a connective tissue covering the entire body not just directly under the skin, but also surrounding all the muscles, bones, organs and every item within the body. It provides form to the body and helps with functional movement by reducing friction between various structures of the body. If it gets "stuck" or "tight", a hot stone massage will help.
Other Types of Massage
Not offered by CAM Aromatherapy, but if the massage therapies above are not what you are looking for, here are other types of massage therapies to consider. Select the most appropriate style and search for a local therapist.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage uses more pressure than a Swedish massage and is more suitable for you if you have chronic muscle pain, tightness or soreness, injuries. As the name implies, this type of massage will delve deeper into the muscles.
Not just a massage for someone who has an injury during sports - this can help with a whole host of problems, including sprained ankles or other injuries, and can also help with flexibility, pain and muscle tension. Can be a full body massage or focus directly on the area of concern.
One for the feet, hands and even ears - mainly using pressure points which connect or radiate to different areas of the body, to help relieve pain and tension. I'm a sucker for a good foot reflexology massage and truly believe in its power to heal connected areas of the body.
Trigger Point Massage
Best suited for injuries, chronic pain, specific problems in the body. Using trigger points on the body, often concentrating on areas of muscle tightness, to relax the muscles and alleviate pain.
Originally from Japan, Shiatsu massage uses pressure to specific points of the body, moving rhythmically from one point to another. Useful to lessen stress and protect the body against everyday life stresses, increase energy, and recover from injuries.
Primarily for flexibility, circulation and energy levels, working on the whole body to promote movement through stretching similar to yoga stretches.
Usually a short massage focusing on the neck, shoulders and back. You will usually remain fully clothed and in a seated position in the chair, straddling the seat with your chest facing the back of the chair. Often offered in an office setting for quick relief from stiff necks and back pain from long stretches in front of the computer.
If a Swedish, Aromatherapy or Hot Stone massage is your choice, get in touch and book your treatment today.