Types of Massage Treatments

Massages are among the oldest healing methods of humanity. With the variety of types of massage available, however, choosing the right method is often not that easy. To help you find your way around, here are some of the most effective types of massages in this post.  The different types of massage are characterized by the use of different tools and techniques. For example, the aroma massage uses different essential oils.

Types of massage

  1. The Swedish massage.

This relaxation-oriented massage is what people first imagine when they think of a massage. A therapist kneads and strokes the body, performing complex sequences of long, sliding and circling hand movements to lessen the superficial tension.

Benefits: The Swedish massage not only helps to get rid of the superficial tension, but also increases the blood circulation throughout the body.  This massage is for you if you are new to massages and want to eliminate the tension in the back or shoulder area.

  1. The deep tissue massage

As you can see from the name, deep tissue massage is a massage that removes the tension that sits in muscles and fascia. That's why a therapist uses more intense kneading techniques than Swedish massage.

Benefits: Deep tissue massage is ideal for relieving chronic tension and improving overall mobility.  This massage is for you, if you suffer from chronic muscle pain or expect a stronger feeling of pressure than with the Swedish massage.

  1. The hot stone massage.

Instead of just relying on their hands, a therapist puts hot basalt stones on his back to make deep-seated tensions disappear.

Advantages: Hot stones not only help with tensions, they also generally improve the blood circulation.  This massage is for you, when you are dealing with strong, persistent tension and therapeutic heat is good for you.

  1. The sports massage.

This massage is specifically designed for athletes and is a variation of Swedish massage designed to relieve pain caused by repeated movements. This massage helps active people to relax, to react faster after sports injuries and to reduce stress.

Benefits: A shorter recovery time, better mobility and improved performance - these are just a few benefits for those who regularly use sports massage treatments.  This massage is for you if you do sports and exercise regularly or just want to keep your body in shape.

  1. The shiatsu massage.

Shiatsu is originally from Japan, but the roots of Shiatsu come from traditional Chinese medicine. This massage type aims to eliminate internal blockages that prevent the energy (Qi) from flowing freely through the body. Therapists use a variety of techniques, working with elbows, knees and even feet, eliminating tension in the back, joints and limbs.

Benefits: Shiatsu massage is recommended as a great form of relaxation because it improves blood circulation and promotes oxytocin production.  This massage is for you, if you really call your body for relaxation and recovery and you are interested in an introduction to an Eastern massage style.

  1. The trigger point massage.

Similar to the Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Massage is designed to remove tension that sits in deep layers of muscle. However, while Deep Tissue Massage helps with tension that affects larger areas, Trigger Point Massage is used for concentrated, point pain.

Benefits: Trigger point massage relieves pain in sciatica, rotator cuff, joint stiffness, heel spur, and other patient-specific problems.  This massage is for you if you have these ailments and are ready to endure a little pain during this massage.

  1. The couple massage.

In the couples massage, two clients lying side by side enjoy their treatment. Swedish massage is most often used, but you can also opt for deep tissue massage or hot stone massage during an introductory talk.

Benefits: Although the couples massage has a romantic context, it is also a great opportunity to socialize with a friend, acquaintance, or family member, if you do not mind being half or almost naked.  This massage is for you if you are looking for a bit of romance with your partner or if it is unbearable for you to be disconnected from your spa escort for an hour.

  1. The prenatal massage.

This massage style is intended for expectant mothers. It relieves pregnancy problems. Instead of lying on her back, the woman stays on her side, unless a therapist has a massage table that allows a pregnant woman to lie down on her stomach for the massage.

Benefits: This massage reduces pregnancy symptoms, but can also help with insomnia, depression or anxiety.  This massage is for you if your pregnancy causes unbearable back pain. Before deciding on a prenatal massage, talk to your family doctor first.

  1. The foot reflexology massage.

Reflexology is a special form of foot massage. A therapist stimulates certain points on the feet, which are believed to be associated with other organs and body systems.

Benefits: Many believe that foot reflexology helps to restore balance throughout the body. But like any foot massage, it is also ideal for tensions caused by running high heels or daily activity.  This massage is for you if you want to see if foot reflexology really does have a positive effect on you, or just an excuse to put your feet up for a while.

  1. The Thai massage.

This type of massage, also known as "yoga massage" is a series of intense stretching exercises that a therapist does with a fully clothed client.

Benefits: Improving flexibility and mobility, relieving pain - these are just a few benefits of Thai massage.  This massage is for you if you like stretching exercises and want to stay fully clothed during the massage.

  1. The foot massage.

The name says it all. It is a relaxation massage for feet.

Benefits: In contrast to reflexology, which has an impact on other organs of the body, traditional foot massage is focused on relieving tired feet.  This massage is for you if you need to stay on your feet all the time during your work.

  1. Breuss massage

The Breuss massage goes back to the Austrian naturopath Rudolf Breuss. The goal of the spinal massage is a gentle stretching of the back. In practice, this form of massage is often combined with the so-called spine method, which is to help with back pain, sciatica, scoliosis, neck and joint pain and migraine and chronic internal suffering. Because the Breuss massage focuses on the spine and intervertebral discs, this type of massage is attributed to the field of partial body massages.

  1. Tuina massage

The Chinese massage form Tuina forms one of the 5 pillars of traditional Chinese medicine in addition to TCM drug therapy, acupuncture, Chinese dietetics and exercise therapies Qigong and Taijiquan. The term "Tuina" is composed of the words "tui" (currently "pushing" and "pushing") and "na" (currently "grasping" and "pulling"), which makes the massage fairly precise describe. Well, you can imagine the Tuina massage as a combination of chiropractic, acupressure, various massage techniques and manual therapy.

  1. Lomi Lomi Nui

The Lomi-Lomi-Nui massage is one of the most popular full body massages and is offered in many thermal baths and hotels as a wellness massage. If you compare this form of massage with other full-body massages such as Thai massage, it is more like therapeutic body work. The aim of Lomi Lomi massages is to create a balance between body and soul. To do this, the therapist massages every part of the body with a lot of oil and flowing deep movements. It starts with the back before massaging the front body later. Accompanying the massage is usually gentle Hawaiian music, in the rhythm of which the masseur or masseuse moves around the massage table. The minimum duration of this massage is one hour. 90 minutes or even two hours are better. Origin of the Lomi Lomi massage is the traditional Hawaiian healing art. Here Lomi Lomi was a part of naturopathy and thus an element in the treatment of diseases. In addition, the Lomi Lomi massage was performed by shamanic healers as a rite of passage in the transition of the "patient" into a new phase of life.

  1. Fango massage

The fango pack is a concept for many; the mud massagenot. In principle, it is a combination of the proven fango pack and a massage. The application helps with stress and other physical ailments like back pain and tension. As a first step, the Fango massage applies the 45 to 50 degree Celsius warm mud pack to the body - traditionally the mud consists of volcanic rock. The mud acts for a short time and prepares the body for the massage. The effect can be enhanced by wrapping certain parts of the body with fabric. The first part of the treatment, the mud wrap, lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. The subsequent massage takes the same time again. So there is enough time to relax.

  1. Sound massage

In the sound massage , which is also called singing bowl massage , the therapist uses special singing bowls with different basic frequencies for the treatment. These are placed on the body or held over it and rubbed or struck. The vibration of the sounds is perceived by the body and has a relaxing and stress-relieving effect. Since the focus is not on releasing muscular tension, the sound massage belongs to the field of esoteric wellness massages.

  1. Brush massage

The brush massage , as the name implies, uses body brushes made of natural bristles, luffa sponges or other massage products made of natural fibers such as sisal. The user massages the patient with circular and stroking movements towards the middle of the body; is started on the lower leg. The brush massage is therefore a full body massage. The aim of the massage is to stimulate the circulation and the organs as well as to regulate the blood pressure by brushing. In addition, the brush massage is a great beauty treatment: the brush acts on the skin like an exfoliant and dissolves dead skin cells.

The most common questions about massages

Although we hope that we have already answered the most important questions about massage in our massage guide, in summary we would like to take up the most common questions again.

Who is allowed to massage?

In principle, anyone can demand massaging and money for it, who has a knack for it. Whether the money is justified, however, is on another piece of paper. Especially in cheap Thai massage salons does not always work professionally trained staff. The specialist staff in wellness hotels, spas and massage practices, however, is always well trained, tested in Germany and worth the money. This is where masseurs and medical lifeguards (official training profession) work, who understand their trade and are the only ones allowed to wear the professional title "Masseur".

How Expensive is a Massage?

How expensive a massage is can not be answered right away. The costs depend on the one hand on the type of massage, on the other on the duration and the environment. A classic back and neck massage takes less time than a Lomi-Lomi-Nui treatment. The Hawaiian full-body wellness massage is therefore a bit more expensive. Fundamental are professional medical and wellness massages but worth their money, as proven to provide relief for physical discomfort and provide mental relaxation.

When should you go to the massage?

If you already have symptoms that can be relieved by a massage, an application is highly recommended. These include disorders of the musculoskeletal system, arthritis and rheumatic diseases, respiratory diseases such as asthma or chronic bronchitis, various skin diseases, neurological disorders, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease, as well as psychosomatic disorders and psychic overloading reactions due to stress or burnout. Even if you just want to let it go well, to feel gentle (or strong) touches on your skin, offers a massage. Ideally, you agree with the therapist or the masseuse before the start of the massage any physical impairments.

Which type of massage should one choose?

Which form of massage you prefer is entirely up to you. If you want to alleviate special medical ailments with the massage, you should once again look at the areas of application of the different types of massage. If you are undecided, you can do everything right with a full-body massage that combines various massage techniques.

What to wear with a massage?

There is no dress code for a massage treatment. How far you have to undress depends on the type of massage. With a back massage, it is enough to take off your top. If you have booked a Thai massage, Lomi Lomi massage and another full body massage, you have to drop your pants as well. Of course, you may keep the underwear, but you should often completely undress with massage types that use a lot of oil. Intimate body zones are covered with a light towel.

How long does a massage last?

The duration of treatment for a massage depends on the particular application. The masseuse needs at least 90 minutes to perform a traditional Thai massage. A shortened variant in 60 minutes is also offered. Even Lomi Lomi massages need their time - after all, you can not completely switch off within 10 minutes. The acupressure treatment is, as well as other partial body massages, much faster over. The classic massage usually takes only 30 to 45 minutes.