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Yoga and Massage: A Great Pairing

Elements Massage Ken Caryl Jul 16, 2015

Massage and yoga both have rich histories of being able to contribute positively to your overall health and wellbeing. By providing both physical and mental benefits, uniting the power of massage with yoga is an excellent method to achieving a harmony of your mind, body, and spirit.

With the various modalities of massage and yoga available, we suggest experimenting with several combinations in order to find an appropriate match for your specific needs.  Also, keep in mind that as your needs change, you may want to switch up the style of yoga and massage to address your evolving needs.

Yoga Styles

  • Bikram
    Most well known for taking place in a hot and humid controlled environment, Bikram yoga enables your body to stretch into more difficult positions while working on movement and encouraging toxins to process from your body.
  • Vinyasa
    An intense approach to yoga that includes plenty of deep stretching!
  • Hatha
    One of the gentlest approaches, Hatha yoga concentrates on deep breathing and slow movements and positions.
  • Ashtanga
    More like a vigorous workout, this type of yoga includes a series of quicker poses that gets your heart rate up.

Massage Styles

  • Swedish
    The most popular form of massage, Swedish massage sessions are made up of a series of gentle kneading, tapping, stroking, and other smaller movements with a concentration on relaxation and overall wellbeing.
  • Deep Tissue
    Addressing the deep layers of muscles and tendons, this type of massage can help release knots and balls of tension carried in your body that cause pain, stiffness, and can limit range of motion.
  • Sports
    A good type of massage for after intense activity or in preparation for a big event, Sports massage can help reduce sore muscles and increase range of motion while facilitating a quicker recovery.
  • Cranial Sacral
    Helpful in addressing headaches, migraines, and other jaw-related issues, this massage method involves attention on the head and neck area.
     

Far from complete, the above lists give examples of several of the most popular methods of yoga and massage.  When introducing new activities into your routine, be sure to pay attention to how you are feeling and your body’s response and tailor accordingly to refine your self-care routine. 

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