massage therapy

Massage therapy is the rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints within the body to relieve stress, tension and pain. Some massage techniques may include the use of hands, elbows, feet or specialized tools. There are many different styles of massage and each has its own benefits.

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Brisbane Central Massage & Beauty
1/73 Mary Street, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia
  • body massage
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Byron Bay Holistic Massage Centre
14 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
  • chakra balancing
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  • hot stone massage
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Chi Link
Hamilton Rd, Chermside QLD 4032, Australia
  • acupuncture
  • dry needling
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  • remedial massage
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Choosing a massage therapist

When choosing a massage therapist, you should find a certified therapist or one that has undergone the necessary training and acquired the skills needed to correctly perform massage - as an untrained person can do more harm than good.

Five types of massage therapy to help you feel great

Here are five common massage techniques that can help you feel great and may help to alleviate pain. As with any type of pain treatment, consult your medical practitioner beforehand to ensure the treatment you are considering is a suitable and safe solution.

1. Swedish

One of the more common types of massage therapy is the Swedish Massage. A massage therapist trained in the method of Swedish Massage will use long consistent strokes and circular movements to knead the upper layers of the muscle, whilst using a warm massage oil or lotion. This technique is usually gentle and very relaxing. Swedish Massage is an excellent style of massage for those people that have never had a massage before.

2. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy massage is a relaxing massage that incorporates the use of one or more essential oils. Essential oils are derived from plants and are used in conjunction with massage to address specific needs. Your massage therapist may select oils that provide additional benefits such as relaxation, energy enhancement and stress reduction, just to name a few. A very common type of essential oil used in aromatherapy massage is lavender. Many people use lavender to relieve a variety of symptoms and ailments including aching muscles, acne, eczema, fatigue, insomnia and headaches and many others. Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to those people suffering from stress related conditions or situations that may contain an emotional component.

3. Hot Stone

A Hot Stone massage includes smooth, heated stones, placed in various locations on the body to warm and loosen the muscles in those areas, and to assist in the balancing of energy within the body. To increase the effects, your massage therapist may apply gentle pressure to certain areas whilst holding the stones. You will find that the warmth of the stones is very comforting. People that prefer lighter massages but still want the benefits of stress reduction, prefer the hot stone massage.

4. Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massage is used to loosen the deeper layers of muscle tissue. The technique used is slow and may use friction techniques to loosen knots by rubbing across the grain of the muscle. This type of massage is used for very tight or painful muscles, strain caused by repetitive movements, problems with posture or injury recovery. You may feel rather sore for a couple of days after deep tissue massage.

5. Remedial

Remedial Massage is more of a total treatment plan than just a massage technique. When suffering pain from the over-exertion of muscles, tendons or ligaments, a remedial massage therapist will assess your condition, establish a treatment plan and attempt to resolve the problem using a range of massage techniques.