Massage therapy styles and how it could benefit you

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Massage therapy comes with a wide range of benefits, from helping you feel more relaxed to reducing muscle soreness and chronic pain. Massage involves rubbing and kneading parts of the body using the hands. A massage therapist will apply either gentle or strong pressure to muscles and other soft tissues of the body with the aim of easing tension. There are many different styles of massages to suit different outcomes – so read on to find out our most popular massage Chelmsford treatments with our clients.

What are the different massage therapy styles?

Choosing the right style of massage can be challenging. Whilst some styles are better for relaxation, others are better suited for treating chronic conditions or managing pain. Some of the most common massage styles can be found below:

Swedish massage

Swedish massage typically involves long, smooth strokes, applying kneading and friction to release tension. The aim is to promote relaxation. Swedish massage is ideal for loosening up tight muscles resulting from activities like sitting at the computer all day or exercising.

Deep tissue massage

Whilst deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage, there are distinct differences. It involves the same stroking and kneading techniques as Swedish massage, however, much more pressure is applied. A massage therapist will use their fingers, fists and sometimes even their elbows to reach deep layers of tissue. This style of massage is best for athletes and runners or those with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and lower back pain. Deep tissue massage can help to increase blood flow to contracted muscle and tissue.

Sports massage

Sports massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissues with the aim of correcting problems and imbalances resulting from repetitive or strenuous physical activity or trauma. A sports massage can be performed before or after exercise to enhance performance, promote recovery and help to prevent injuries. A sports massage can either be performed as a full-body massage or by focusing on parts of the body that require attention. Many massage therapists will alternate deep pressure with gentle strokes depending on the client’s needs.

Remedial massage

Remedial massage is sometimes confused with sports massage, however, the two are unique. Whilst both styles aim to relieve muscle tension and treat pain, with remedial massage, the pain does not have to be sports-related. Remedial massage can benefit anyone suffering from pain, knots or any discomfort in the muscles or soft tissues. Deep tissue techniques are used to target problem areas resulting from almost any activity.

These are just a few of the most popular styles of massage, with many more to choose from. If you’re not sure which style is right for you, talk to one of our massage therapists to find out more.

Book a massage today with Faye Pattison Physiotherapy

If you’re seeking a professional massage in Chelmsford, get in touch with the team today. We offer a wide range of massage styles, allowing us to provide a tailored approach that’s perfect for your needs. Whether you’re experiencing pain or tension in your muscles, or you simply want to relax and unwind, we can assist. Call us on 01245 901170 to book a massage.