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Types of Massage: Which One is Right for You?

Massage therapy has become increasingly popular in recent years, and with good reason. Whether you’re looking to relieve tension from your muscles or get an overall sense of well-being, it can be the perfect solution—assuming you choose the right massage type. There are many types of massage available, so it’s important to know which ones are most effective at treating different issues and addressing different needs. Read on to learn about each type of massage.

Massage Therapy can be used as a tool to help alleviate stress and tension. There are many different types of massage but today we are going to talk about the most common types of massage.

Swedish massage

This is the type of massage that is done when you hear the word "Massage" and everybody thinks that is a relaxation massage.
Swedish massage focuses more on relieving muscle pain and this type of massage can even relieve symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety.

Other symptoms that can treat by Swedish massage include high back pain, low back pain, headaches, muscle issues, and other chronic pains.
Getting a Swedish massage can also be beneficial to your heart, and that is because the practitioner manipulates the body's soft tissues and uses strokes that flow toward the heart, improving blood circulation.

Swedish massage may help reduce symptoms of depression, stress, and anxiety. Some of the symptoms that could be managed by massage therapy include back pains, headaches, muscle issues, and other chronic pains.

Is Swedish massage the right massage for you?
This is not a massage only recommended for people that have health conditions or aches and pains that want to get rid of, this type of massage is recommended for people that are physically fit and healthy individuals. This massage will help you to feel great.

Hot stone massage

A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy where heated stones are used to relax and soothe the muscles. The heat from the stones helps to penetrate more deeply into the tissue and muscle, resulting in deeper relaxation.

Deep tissue massage

This is a hands-on body treatment that is more therapeutic. Aiding in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system and non-musculoskeletal conditions, this massage unblocks your energy and restores a healthy balanced flow.

This type of massage therapy is designed to reach deep into the muscle tissue and release chronic patterns of tension in the body. Deep tissue massage can be painful if not done correctly and may cause bruising or bleeding under the skin, so people with a history of blood clots should avoid this type.

This type of massage can be a great option for people that often do highly physical activities like running or gym workouts, or even for people who have an injury or chronic pain because of whiplash. If even if you are just looking for relief from tense muscles.

Trigger point massage (Myofascial Release)

A Myofascial Release Therapy done by our RMT practitioners could give you the tension release needed to get rid of the knots and feel better and achieve mind-body engagement.

Myofascial release is a type of physical therapy often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome, which is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues that surround and support the muscles throughout your body. The pain usually originated from specific points called “trigger points”, which are small bumps or knots in the muscle that causes pain when touched and sometimes when it’s not touched.

Do you have headaches, poor sleep, stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue? People that have Myofascial pain syndrome often have other health problems that coincide with these symptoms.

Sports massage

Sports massage targets areas that have been injured or need extra attention to reduce soreness and inflammation. This manual manipulation is a very good complement to the life of athletes.

Usually, massage therapists consider the impact of certain activities on specific joints, such as muscle groups, ligaments, soft tissue groups, and tendons. The treatment will be personalized for your specific sport to have better development.

Pregnancy massage

Everyone expects pregnancy to bring an expanding waistline, but many women are surprised by the other body changes that arise. As your uterus expands with the weight of the growing baby, there is more stress on the body. Most common body aches and pains occur in the lower back, but can also occur on your back, abdomen, groin area, thighs, joints, and near the pelvic bone. Our therapists will customize the massage to meet your individual needs.​

At Yaletown Wellness, we offer Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Myofascial Release, and Pregnancy Massage. When you book your appointment let us know what type of massage you want, and we will recommend you the best practitioner that can develop that specific massage.


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