What's the Best Massage to Get for Stress Relief?
Feb 20, 2014
"I would have to say Swedish, relaxation and cranial. Everyone is different. One client of mine likes deep tissue to relax, while others prefer the lighter Swedish."
"When one is looking to relieve stress the best type of massage for you to receive is all dependent on what type of pressure you like. If you like deep work and find it relaxing then get a deep tissue. If you prefer a lighter touch then Swedish is for you. If you had a week where you really just need for your brain to turn off for a while and do not mind a unique light massage then you should try lomilomi, a Hawaiian-style massage. But in the end if you want to relieve stress then get what seems best to you."
"I would say I love hot stone because it melts my muscles and gives me a longer period of loose muscles between massages."
"The primary goal of the Swedish massage is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart.
"The craniosacral rhythm is felt as a wave motion moving side to side. When an area is restricted or blocked, the rhythm sometimes feels jittery, uneven, or irregular. Using an extremely light touch, therapists hold areas that are restricted or not moving correctly and follow the movement of the fascia and/or energy and patiently wait for restrictions to let go.
"Reflexology reduces stress by generating deep tranquil relaxation, helping the body balance itself and allowing healing energy to flow."
"If you are mainly looking to relieve stress most people look for a whole-body, deep-pressure Swedish. However, some people would also benefit from cranio-sacral or a chakra balancing session to ground themselves and let go of any negative energy or tension in their body. It is important to find a massage that truly benefits your individual needs. Everybody has different needs that require different modalities of massage to achieve maximum results. Some may also benefit from myofascial release or trigger-point therapy to balance the body."
"In my opinion, Swedish or hot stone can be excellent relievers of stress. Moderate pressure and long, slow strokes make for a very relaxing experience. Every client is different, though, and it's really catered to what they need to fully relax and fight stress."