The benefits of massage therapy can help to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Massage can also improve circulation and increase range of motion. By reducing stress, your body can spend its energy resting and taking care of itself instead of using its energy to protect areas that are inflamed or in pain. There are different types of massage therapy that can help the body in specific ways. Some of the modalities of massage therapy include Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, lymphatic, fascia blasting, sports massage, Thai, and reflexology. Another way to give a comprehensive massage is by using applied kinesiology, which uses muscle testing to see the relationship between muscles and organs to aid in therapy.
What are the different types of massage?
There are many different types of massage therapy that can help relax the body and promote relaxation and well-being. One type of massage that helps increase Oxygen in the blood and improve circulation is Swedish massage, which uses long strokes and kneading of the muscles. Another type of massage is deep tissue massage, which helps break up scar tissue and increases the range of motion. This type of massage works on deep muscles as well as connective tissues. If there is more of a pinpoint spot that needs work done then trigger point massage can help, because it focuses on irritated “knots” of muscle fibers by increasing circulation to the area. Lymphatic massage is a beneficial type of massage that uses slow, circular motions to promote the flow of lymphatic fluid through the body. Having this type of massage improves the function of the lymphatic system and helps move waste and toxins from the body, which helps with your body’s immune system. A relatively new type of massage called fascia blasting uses a myofascial tool to help stimulate circulation and reduce adhesions, decreasing the appearance of cellulite. If you are someone that plays sports receiving a sports massage can help prevent related injuries, improve range of motion, and quicken recovery times. Another massage technique is Thai massage, which involves acupressure, compression, and passive stretches based on yoga stretches. Lastly, another type of massage technique is reflexology, which focuses on applying different types of pressure to the feet and hands to help ease referred pain from other areas in the body.
What is kinesiology in massage therapy?
Applied kinesiology is a technique used for muscle strength testing. This can assist in finding tension in the deeper in the body. Not only is applied kinesiology used in massage therapy but it is also based on chiropractic principles. Both massage therapy and chiropractic care give a holistic approach to well-being and health.
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