With the many available options of massage treatment plans, it can feel a bit overwhelming trying to decide what type of massage is best for you. In order to help you select a massage style that’s geared towards your personality and body, here’s a guide to help you understand the many techniques available:
For the Ball of Stress:
If you find yourself constantly having to remind yourself to unclench your jaw, drop your shoulders away from your head, and take a few deep breaths, Deep Tissue massage may be what you are looking for. Deep Tissue massage specifically concentrates on working through each layer of muscle where knots, adhesions, stress, or tension is stored. This is done by using firm, cross-grain pressure and that can be a bit uncomfortable but will help your muscles release and relax. It is recommended for individuals with limited range of motion, chronic pain issues, or tendon and ligament damage.
For the Nervous Nilly:
If you find yourself getting up multiple times in the night because you just can’t turn your brain off, or if you are a constant worrier, Cranio-Sacral massage therapy may be just what you need. This type of massage places pressure on the bones and cerebrospinal fluid in your cranium, kind of like a head massage, that can reduce your stress, improve vision and organ function, enhance your breathing and energy levels, and make you feel sharper and able to concentrate instead of flitting from worry to worry.
For the Shy Mouse:
If you are new to massage and a bit apprehensive, Reflexology is the way to go. This specific type of massage treatment oftentimes starts out working the hands and feet to impact the entire body. As a great introduction to the benefits of massage, reflexology can help relieve stress-related conditions, arthritis, insomnia, and even headaches.
For the Sports Junky:
If you consider yourself an athlete, you will probably gravitate towards Sports massage the most. Sports massage is a great form of massage that concentrates on specific parts of the body that are overworked, overtaxed, and overstressed. By moving lactic acid build-up through the muscles, toxins are more easily removed from the body after deep massage concentration. Sports massage can also help with quicker recovery times, less injuries, and keep you on top of your game.
For the Nine to Fiver:
Work, work, work! If that sounds like you, Swedish massage may be the best massage treatment plan to get you away from your desk. Swedish massage consists of long, relaxing and soothing strokes combined with gentle kneading motions and pressure for the ideal combination to relieve stress and achieve a centered calmness.
The most important thing to remember is to talk openly with your massage therapist about your wants and needs. At our Elements Paradise Valley Studio, we recognize that your needs are ever changing and the best way we can address the issues you feel is through communication. Start with one of the above and let us know what we can do to help you feel the best you can! Schedule a 30, 60 or 90 minute massage at 480-483-1123.