Relaxing Massage

Different Types of Massage and Which is Right for You

With all the different massage modalities popping up, it can be hard to find the style that is right for you. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular types of massage and their benefits to help you find the therapeutic massage modality that’s right for you.

Aromatherapy Massage

This type of massage combines a gentle, soft touch with essential oils to give an extra touch of relaxation to your treatment. The gentle strokes of an aromatherapy massage are perfect for reducing symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety, relieving tension in the body and improving your general mood. The essential oils add an emotional healing element to the massage.

Remedial Massage

A remedial massage therapist will assess your painful area before beginning the massage. They will ask questions in regards to the pain, when it started and how it started, followed by some physical assessment of your movement and degree of pain. Once the massage begins, the therapist will work with the soft tissue of the body (the muscles and connective tissue called fascia) by kneading, using long strokes with deep pressure, and stretching the muscles. Remedial massage is great for people with chronic injuries, soreness in the body caused by overuse, RSI injuries, to lower stress or even regularly to maintain health and wellbeing.

Bowen Therapy

Another type of remedial massage, Bowen Therapy makes use of gentle rolling movements across the muscle. This is done in sections, with the therapist leaving the room after each adjustment to give the body time to integrate the changes. The adjustments performed by the therapist send signals to the fascia to relax and allow tension to release, resulting in deeper relaxation. Bowen Therapy is effective at slowing the body’s cortisol release to relieve stress, decrease pain and can even help with digestive issues and to increase circulation.

Whether you need to relieve stress, fix a stiff neck or boost your mood, there’s a natural therapy that’s right for you. You can find therapeutic massages at Natural Healing Touch, offering Bowen Therapy and remedial massage.

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