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Understanding Different Types of Massage

Authored by: Total Health Team

Massage is an excellent way to support your health and well-being. If you’ve ever considered getting a massage, but weren’t sure what type to ask for or were overwhelmed by the choices, the therapists at Total Health are here to help.

First, don’t be worried about asking for the right type of massage. Our therapists start by asking you about your needs, if you are feeling any pain, and about other health conditions that could affect you during a massage. From that assessment, we will tailor the session, often combining different techniques, to give you the greatest possible benefits.

The types of massage offered at Total Health are:

Swedish or relaxation style. This is a full body massage that provides a feeling of rest or relaxation. It typically uses long strokes and does not target the deeper layers of muscle. Swedish massage is ideal for individuals that do not have any specific body issues to address.

Therapeutic massage. Ideal for people with pain issues in a particular part of the body, therapeutic massage typically focuses on the problem area and nearby areas of the body that are impacted by the injury. In a therapeutic massage, the therapist will take the time to work into deeper layers of muscle tissue, for example the shoulder, and then explore how to correct muscle issues in the surrounding areas such as the back or neck.

Chair massage. Chair massage can be done either at Total Health or on-site in another location using a specially designed massage chair. This type of massage is much quicker, typically only 10 to 20 minutes. There is no need to undress. In addition to being a good option for people with less time, chair massage is ideal for individuals who can’t lay down for a massage or people with trapezoid, back, or arm issues.

Lymphatic massage. This technique uses very light touch and rhythmic stroking to reroute stagnant lymphatic fluid. It is good for rejuvenation and detoxification of the body. Lymphatic massage helps reduce swelling, the effects of chronic inflammatory disease, bronchitis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, even colds and allergies. Because there are lymph nodes throughout the body, your therapist will assess where to start the massage based upon your needs and work around your body using a very gentle touch that almost doesn’t feel like a “real” massage. This massage is done while the fully clothed.

Craniosacral therapy. Ideal for individuals suffering from headaches, TMJ, or neck pain, craniosacral therapy optimizes the movement of fluid around the skull. It is especially beneficial for those who sit at a desk all day.

Of course, your session will be customized to meet your needs. We want to ensure you receive the greatest benefits possible from your massage and will assess your needs, combine techniques, and even provide tips for at-home care. We want you to feel your best!

Give us a call 262-251-2929 to schedule a no-charge 10-minute phone consult with a natural health practitioner, to see how we can help!

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