"I really need a massage, but I'm confused by the dozens of different types to choose from." You may have been asking yourself, "What's the difference between a Swedish, deep tissue, or chair massage?" "How do I know which one to pick?"
Here are some of the most popular massages.
You've probably seen these strange contraptions at conventions, the mall, nail salons, and maybe even your office. With a chair massage, you are sitting face forward so the therapist can massage your neck, shoulders, and back. The good thing is you don't have to take off your clothes or have oils slathered all over you. A chair massage can really get the tension out of your upper body.
Traditional massages are great when you just need a little stress relief and relaxation. When you have knotted muscles, however, or have more specific ailments, more intense techniques are required. It's not just more pressure all over your body, it's very specific, methodical treatment. This is not the kind of massage to ask for if you expect to feel relaxed during the therapy. You may even be sore for a day or two after your massage.
Swedish massage is more soothing, leaving you feeling like you've been wrapped in a cloud and the reset button pressed on your body. This is the most common type of massage, and what many people think about when they hear the word massage.
Regardless of the type of massage you opt for, be sure to tell your therapist if you feel pain, soreness or tension in any areas. This helps us know where to start your massage. Also, communicate if you have any health issues, and, during the massage, how the pressure feels. When you find a therapist you like, you might want to book a standing appointment for management of pain and stress. You won't regret making that regular appointment!