Types of massage


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Massage therapists worldwide offer various kinds of massages. This PDF is brought to you by http://www.findamassage.co.za and gives a brief description about the various kinds of massage therapies on offer

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Types of massage

  1. 1. Types of Massage www.findamassage.co.za
  2. 2. Acupressure ● Originates from traditional Chinese medicine ● Concentrates on alleviating pain and tension ● Employs strategic hand pressure techniques ● Different from acupuncture which involves the use of needles
  3. 3. Aromatherapy ● Makes use of essential oils and therapeutic massage like Swedish, Lymphatic, Shiatsu, Acupressure and Reflexology ● A combination of 3 oils will be used - including carrier oil and natural essential oils ● Promotes physical and emotional well being and balance
  4. 4. Ayurvedic ● Ayurveda is an ancient Indian science that uses oil and massage to enhance blood circulation and stimulate muscles ● Helps in posture realignment, stress relief, muscular pain relief and in strengthening immune system and tissues.
  5. 5. Hot Stone Massage ● Makes use of warm stones to relax muscles along with traditional Swedish massage techniques ● Stones are placed on spine, belly or hands to apply pressure and to open up energy channels that enhances circulation
  6. 6. Indian Head Massage ● Also known as Champissage and is based on Indian Ayurvedic techniques ● Involves movements like deep kneading over the head, neck, upper back and shoulders ● Stimulates circulation, improves mental clarity, reduces blood pressure and improves hair growth
  7. 7. Kahuna Massage ● Reserved for the Hawaiian royalty in earlier times ● Performed with gentle, deep and rhythmic strokes using the forearm and hands ● This massage aims to harmonize and balance the whole body physically, emotionally and spiritually
  8. 8. Lymphatic Drainage Massage ● Form of light massage tha increases lymph flow in the body ● Very helpful for detoxification, edema, before and after plastic surgery and in stimulating the immune system in the body
  9. 9. Pregnancy Massage ● Focuses on relaxing tense muscles and ligaments ● Helps reducing the tension and anxiety surrounding an impending labour ● Different techniques depending on the needs of the specific trimester
  10. 10. Reflexology Involves systematic stimulation of reflexes in hands, ears and feet Focuses on improving the natural functioning on these parts by applying gentle pressure Apart from reducing stress and improving circulation, it also helps in detoxification
  11. 11. Shiatsu ● Japanese technique that involves anma (traditional Japanese massage), acupressure, stretching and western massage ● It is performed by pressing thumbs, fingers and palms on what are called Shiatsu points ● Helps in improving the body’s natural healing ability and treating irregularities in the body systems
  12. 12. Deep Tissue Massage ● Works on the deep tissues of muscles and connecting tissues ● Similar to Swedish massage in terms of the strokes used ● Helps in relieving the body of pain and muscle stiffness arising from sports injuries.
  13. 13. Swedish Massage ● Also known as soft tissue massage ● Massage technique involves gentle stroking along the direction the blood flows to the heart ● Involves kneading, stroking, tapping and vibration ● Helps in increasing oxygen flow to the blood and in detoxification
  14. 14. Thai Massage ● Also known as Nuad Bo-Rarn ● Is a combination of acupressure, yoga and zen shiatsu ● Involves slow rhythmic compressions and stretches along the body’s energy lines ● Applies pressure along the 10 most important lines using palms, hands, elbows, thumbs and feet
  15. 15. Find a Massage Therapist Near You www.findamassage.co.za