4 Popular Massage Techniques

Article published on: October 10, 2013

Massages have been around for hundreds of years and are used for two
main reasons, relaxation and for people with sore bodies. There are many
techniques that are used to massage muscles to enhance their function,
help them to heal and to relax people who’re finding themselves getting
too tense and stressed.

Some of the most popular massage techniques include:

Swedish Massage
This technique involves soothing your muscles by using tapping and
kneading strokes all over the body. This type of massage relieves muscle
tension and loosens sore joints. To do this, there are five basic strokes
that are used which are very easy to learn. These include effleurage,
petrissage, friction, tapotement and vibration.

Effleurage is stroking of the skin, petrissage is where your muscles are
lightly grabbed and rubbed, friction is where the fingertips and thumbs
of both hands create deep circles over muscles, tapotement is where you
create chopping and tapping strokes across the skin and vibration is
where your fingertips are pressed firmly into muscles and shaken rapidly
for a few seconds.

Rolfing
This type of massage is used on people who struggle with their posture.
Having poor posture can be the cause of many health problems, including
having backache, headaches and very painful joints. Rolfing will help to
relieve this pain and fix bad posture.

To do this the myofascia, connective tissues which surround the muscles,
are worked to help realign and straighten your body to improve bad
posture. Therapist’s use their hands and elbows to work the muscles. This
has proven to be very effective and a great massage technique.

Neuromuscular Massage
This is a type of deep tissue massage that is used when individual
muscles need special attention. This type of massage increases the blood
flow through your body, reduces any pain with the muscles and releases
any pressure which has built up on the nerves from injuries.

There are many people who get very stressed and tense. This massage is
great for releasing knots of tense muscle and relieve pain built up in
certain muscles.

Body2Body
This type of massage is very erotic and is used for relaxation. Oil is used
to soften the skin and make it easier for the masseuse to massage the
muscles within your body.

The masseuse uses both her hands and body to relax your body and give
you the massage of a lifetime. After the Body2Body massage you will feel
stress-free and extremely relaxed. This massage is perfect for people
looking to relax and fully enjoy a new experience.

Do you know of any other massage techniques?