Body Massage and Massage Types

The origin of the word massage can be traced back to the French word ‘massage’ meaning friction or kneading and the Arabic word ‘massa’ meaning to feel, touch or handle.

The superficial parts of the body are treated  through stroking, kneading, rubbing or slapping techniques. Massages are generally done to alleviate any kind of stress, tension, muscle spasms, cramps or stiffness.

Body massages can be broadly classified as eastern or western types of massages. Polarity, Shiatsu and Acupressure are the eastern types of massage. The western types of massages are Swedish, Myofascial Release and connective tissue therapy among others. Massages whether of the eastern or western type, help in encouraging both the emotional and physical healing of the body.

If you are feeling extremely stressed out then you need to go in for an Aromatherapy massage. This massage helps in reducing stress, energizing the body and in overall relaxation. Aromatherapy massage uses various types of plant oils for massage therapy.

Swedish massage is a relaxing and gentle massage technique wherein the massage therapist uses kneading, stroking and circular movements to relax body muscles. A Hot Stone massage as the name indicates uses heated stones to reduce muscle tension. This massage technique helps in balancing the energy centers of the body and loosening the knots in the muscles.

If you are suffering from chronic muscular pain, or have injury related or postural problems then Deep Tissue Massage is ideally suited for you. This massage seeks out the connective tissues and deep muscle layers of the body. Thai massage is an energizing massage which involves a lot of stretches and compression which helps in improving flexibility and reducing stress.

Today most pregnant women opt for a pregnancy or pre-natal massage. This massage helps in reducing physical discomforts associated with pregnancy like aches, pains and swelling. This relaxing massage also helps to reduce, stress, tension any kind of depression the expectant mother may experience.

Foot massage better known as Reflexology involves the application of pressure on different points of the feet. These pressure points correspond to various body organs.

A foot massage is the ideal thing for people suffering from foot pain at the end of a long day at work. Sports massage on the other hand is designed to treat specific sports related injuries. People suffering from chronic back pain should go in for a back massage.