4 Types Of Massage And Their Benefits

Wellness  /  26 September 2017

The massage is a therapeutic technique that is known from the ancient times. It has as one main goal: the reestablishment of the body wellbeing. Through a number of pressures, movements and vibrations exercised on specific parts of the body, massage can provide relief to muscle contractures and sprains. Moreover, it can facilitate the muscle tonification and relaxation, trigger and enhance the blood and lymphatic flow, and work on the nervous system with a stress-relief effect. In addition, massage can also have aesthetic goal, because it improves skin and subcutaneous imperfections.

#1 The traditional manual massage

The classic massage generally consists on the use of the hands by a professional operator which, with oils, creams, lotions or other specific products, performs targeted manoeuvres aimed at soothing the involved parts of the body, or simply to enhance wellbeing and relax. Among the most known techniques of manual massage, there are Shiatzu and reflexology.

#2 Stone Therapy: the massage with hot stones

The massage can also be performed with the use of tools and other means. One of the treatments from the most ancient origins is the Stone Therapy, which involves the use of smooth and heated stones to be placed directly on the body: the heat transmitted by the stones determines the muscle relaxation, improves circulation and relaxes the nervous system.

#3 The “cupping” or “vacuum” therapy

Another type of non-conventional massage is the “cupping therapy”: some cups, normally made of glass, are applied on the body and bonded to the skin creating a suction effect. Initially used for treating post-traumatic pain, now more and more people resort to this kind of massage also for reducing the swellings due to water retention.

#4 The hydromassage: the massage in water

An effective massage for total relaxation is the hydromassage, as it provides for the immersion of the body in hot water, promoting a sensation of general wellbeing right away. Air and water jets, with different pressures and directions, act on the painful zones and give immediate relief. In addition, there’s no need for an operator, but you can enjoy the benefits of the hydromassage comfortably at home.


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