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massage is a basic of spa participation - therapeutic, relaxing, and best performed by a certified professional who can tailor therapies to your body's needs

Basics - Types of Massage

massage is a service with roots in ancient spiritual traditions - today's massage professionals learn the most current exercise science and kinesiology principles and pair it with classic techniques and ancient healing ways - here's information to help you choose the massage technique that's right for your personal goals.

If you're not already a massage fan, here are some basics to give understanding of different types of massage, massage technique and their benefits.

Swedish Massage :The classic technique, developed by a Swedish physiologist in the early 1800s. Its five basic strokes - long and gliding, kneading of individual muscles, friction, hacking and vibration - are the foundation for other Western massage variations (Sport, Deep Tissue and Aromatherapy). The goal of Swedish massage is to enhance circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and create relaxation and a sense of wellbeing.

Aromatherapy Massage: Aromatherapeutic massage, dating back to the Egyptians, unites essential oils with manual stimulation and manipulation in a sensual, beneficial experience. The therapist should tailor the massage and oils used to your personal goals. So, communicate what you're feeling and needing - enhanced focus, relief of tension, escape... - and your therapist should customize to your concerns.

Thermal Massage: Thermal massage stimulates or soothes the skin and underlying tissue and muscle by the application of stones heated and cooled to a range of temperatures. This is often referred to as hot stone massage, although some techniques, including LaStone therapy, use both heated and chilled stones.

Asian Massage: From Ayurvedic (Indian) to Shiatsu (Japanese) and accupressure to Thai, these massage techniques differ from Western techniques due to their origin from a spiritual tradition.

Thai massage, which is traditionally performed on a yoga mat on the floor, with the recipient fully clothed in a loose fitting garment, is sometimes sought out by those who are not comfortable with being undraped.

Like Swedish massage, there still remains a degree of intimacy because the bodyworker or massage therapist is using their body to move the recipient.

looking for more information about massage and massage therapists? Visit the associated bodywork and massage professionals - this professional group's site details types of massage and bodywork and has a therapist locator.

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