At Hopkins Health and Wellness Center, we offer massage therapy as part of our innovative DMR method. Paired with chiropractic and physical therapy, we offer a comprehensive solution to a variety of health problems. Massage offers unique benefits that vary depending on the type of massage. In this blog, we will go over the most popular types of massage, several of which we offer here at Hopkins Health and Wellness Center.
One of the most common types of massage is Swedish massage. Swedish massage is the foundation of many other types of massage, and is based on anatomy and physiology. Depending on what your goals are for massage, the strokes used may be gentle or more vigorous. During all Swedish massages, your massage therapist will use oil to manipulate the skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments to release tension. Swedish massage is a great choice if you have never received a massage before.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage uses many similar techniques to Swedish massage, with a focus on the deeper tissue of your muscles. The goal of deep tissue massage is to release the tension or knots in your body. This means that the pressure is generally more intense, and it can be uncomfortable, though it shouldn’t be painful. Pain makes your muscles tense, which is counterproductive to your massage, so it is important to communicate with your therapist if the massage gets too intense. Deep tissue massage is best for people who have a lot of muscle tension.
Relaxation massages also use the same techniques as Swedish massage, but in contrast, tend to be slower and gentler than other massages. The massage therapist uses lighter pressure and a slower pace because the primary goal of a relaxation massage is, unsurprisingly, to relax you. The therapist will not get into underlying muscle tension like deep tissue massage does because that can be uncomfortable. A relaxation massage is best for newcomers or people who just want to unwind and de-stress with their massage.
Medical massage is used to treat health conditions. There is no one technique for it; instead, the massage therapist alters the techniques and movements used based on the specific health condition of the client. Most of the time, you need a prescription for a medical massage to ensure that your insurance will cover it. Medical massage is a wonderful option for people with chronic illnesses, particularly those that involve chronic pain.
Sports massage is a type of massage that was specifically designed to help athletes keep their bodies in optimal condition and to prevent injuries. Sports massage is performed before a competition to prime the body, during a competition for added support, and after to aid in muscle recovery. While this type of massage was designed for athletes, you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage. Anyone who lives with chronic pain, injury, or has issues with their range of motion can benefit from sports massage.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage originated centuries ago, but became popular in its latest form in the early 1990s. During a hot stone massage, the massage therapist uses round, smooth, warm stones as an extension of their hands. They may rub the stones on your body, or strategically place them on pressure points. The stones warm up your muscles, making it a very relaxing activity. If you have tight muscles, a hot stone massage may help reduce your tension and allow the therapist to work more deeply in your muscles.
At Hopkins Health and Wellness Center, we offer a variety of types of massage from which you can benefit. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a massage therapist.