Common Massage Therapy Techniques

Common Massage therapy techniques.


A quality massage therapist will have an array of techniques they perform that will assist you in any way possible.  A good massage is often needed in more ways than one, and the right techniques are used in different aspects.  Tense muscles, stress and nagging aches and pains, and other ailments need various techniques to melt the pain away!  Here are some of the more common massage therapy techniques.massage-2441741__340

Longitudinal Gliding.  Longitudinal gliding is a very basic but effective massage technique in which pressure is applied in the direction of blood flow.  It helps fluid away from the injury or pain site to reduce swelling or inflammation.  It is also helpful in relaxing tight muscles and loosening up the tension.

Kneading. Kneading can be performed in various ways and is labeled by the part of the hand used in the process.  Thumb kneading, or palm kneading for example.  The pressure used will vary according to the type of kneading, and the tissues under treatment.  Rhythm and rate of movement are also important as this pressure is applied.

Myofascial release.  Myofascial release is a manual technique for stretching the fascia to balance your body out.  The fascia is located between the skin and underlying muscle and bone.  Injuries, stress, traumas, and bad posture can cause restrictions to this fascia and myofascial release is there to restore restriction to the fascia and benefit the tissue.

Rhythmic Compression.  This compression is performed into muscles to create a deep softening effect.  It is generally used as a warm-up method for deeper and more specific massage work. Sports massage often use Rhythmic compression to treat and prevent injuries.massage-272822__340

Swedish Massage.  Swedish massage techniques include long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, vibration, and shaking motions.  Swedish massage is a more gentle technique then deep tissue and better suited for relaxation and tension relief.

Deep Tissue Massage.  Deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage but goes deeper into the muscles and tissue. Deep tissue focuses on knots in the muscles and other specific problem areas in the deeper layers of muscle and tissue using slow strokes or friction across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue is generally more intense than other forms of massage it shouldn’t have to be painful to be effective.

Hot Stone Massage. Hot stone massage uses warm stones placed on specific points of the body and also warm stones are held by the masseur while massage is performed.  The warmth of the stones can loosen tight muscles so the therapist can reach areas of tension quickly and more effectively.massage2

Although there are many other techniques or methods, these are some of the more common that your massage therapist will perform.  There are various ideas, and ways the massage therapist can assist you, and have you feeling the best you can possibly feel!  Different therapists specialize in different aspects, so do some research before you schedule an appointment.

For more information or to make an appointment today… Call Strongsville Massage at (216)339-1089.




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