Massage is a natural and holistic way to help the body recover from both mental and physical stress. If you’re considering a career as a masseuse, you’ll need to know which massage techniques are the best. Each of your clients will require something different from you, whether they’re carrying more tension in one part of their body may dictate what massage you offer them. We’re going to go over the top 5 most popular massages and how they can help your clients.
It might be good for you to pick only one or two massage techniques to specialize in. Massages such as sports and deep massage have applications beyond the holistic. By learning these you can become employed by sports teams or physiotherapists.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massages have been around for centuries. In fact, hot stones were used in ancient India and China as part of practicing yoga and religious rituals. A hot stone massage uses basalt rocks (or heated river rocks) that are placed on specific “hot spots” of the body that require more circulation and warmth. This is usually done during trigger point therapy sessions but It can also be done during full body massage.
Hot stone massages are said to be beneficial because hot stones help relax the body and increase blood circulation. Hot stones can also relieve pain from arthritis or joint injuries like strains and sprains.
Aromatherapy Massage Techniques
The use of aromatherapy in massage therapy dates back to early 1920’s.
Aromatherapy is said to help alleviate stress and anxiety. It stimulates the nervous system which can help you relax by releasing endorphins (your body’s natural painkiller).
This type of massage requires oils infused with flowers or herbs which are then massaged into your skin, learning about the different oils and the benefits they have on the body would be beneficial when practicing aromatherapy allowing you to cater for clients specific needs.
Reflexology is a form of massage therapy that works with the feet and hands to influence other parts of the body.
Traditionally, reflex points are located on your feet or hands which correspond to parts of your body (in particular organs). By working these reflex points you can alleviate pain in said areas by simply massaging them. This is because an organ itself will have increased blood flow if its corresponding area on the foot or hand has increased circulation.
Deep Tissue Massage Techniques
Deep Tissue massage involves working out knots and tight spots with the help of your hands. During a deep tissue massage, a therapist will apply more pressure to certain areas to help release tension in deeper muscles. This is done by gliding motions that target specific trigger points. The technique is intended to get right down into muscle and fascia tissues by using slow strokes. Deep tissue therapy can also be mixed with Hot stones or oils when desired.
Sports Massage can be defined as “the manual manipulation of soft tissues with particular emphasis on stretching, joint mobilizations and deep cross-fiber friction designed to enhance athletic performance”. More of a specialist area, sports massage targets certain areas of the body that are used for athletic purpose.
Sports massage can help with an athlete’s recovery as well as strengthening their muscles. It helps prevent injuries and also improve performance during training and exercising.