There are lots of different types of Idaho Falls massage therapy. Some are designed for certain parts of the body. Others require different techniques. It can be tough to know which type of massage is the best for your situation. This massage guide should help you choose. But if you’re still uncertain — your massage therapist will be able to help you make the best choice. Here’s a bit more information about the types of massage we offer.
This is the most common massage therapy technique in the U.S.A. Swedish massage focuses on your body’s overall relaxation, circulation, and physical (and mental) wellness. The techniques involved include gliding, kneading, tapping, stretching, and cross-friction strokes. Think of this as a soothing massage rather than a pressure massage. It is ideal for people having their first massage, have a lot of tension or are sensitive to touch.
Cranial Sacral Massage
This is a form of bodywork or alternative therapy using gentle touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. This type of massage may also include light touching of the patient’s spine and pelvis. The goal is to release compression in those areas which alleviates stress and pain.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue focuses mainly on deeper layers of muscles and the fascia. It is best for when you have specific painful and stiff areas that need attention. This may involve slow and deliberate strokes with stronger pressure from the massage therapist to reach those specific areas to enable them to release. This is why deep tissue is a common recommendation for clients who are comfortable with a higher level of pressure in the massage. The benefits of deep tissue massage are beyond question. This is a good choice for someone with chronic muscle issues like soreness or injury — but not if you are pretty sensitive to pressure in your massage.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is an area that is tight in your muscle tissue. It usually causes pain in other parts of your body. For example, a trigger point in your back might be the cause of pain in your neck. Focusing on these trigger points, your pain can be relieved in other parts of your body. This consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. The technique involves applying pressure with the fingers, knuckles, and elbow. This is typically done in 10-30 second intervals. It works through relaxing the muscle to release stored acid and to encourage blood and oxygen circulation. In many cases this results in initial soreness and pain (the good kind) in the muscle tissue. This type of massage is a good fit for people with chronic pain, injuries, or a specific condition.
Every sports massage is customized to the athlete getting the massage. This type of massage was developed to help with specific muscle systems that are used for a particular sport. They can be helpful at all stages of your training — before, during, or after a sporting event. This type of massage can help with flexibility, relaxation, mobility as well as injury prevention. It’s also good for recovery after a sports injury. It can be a full-body massage or just focused on the area of the body that needs the most attention.
A prenatal massage is a form of therapeutic bodywork that is designed to meet the special needs of a woman who is about to give birth. This can help with the changes in a pregnant woman’s body. This happens by reducing stress, reducing swelling and relieving muscle and joint pain. Your therapist will concentrate mainly on your lower back, legs, and hips. You will normally lie on your side for this type of massage. This can be extra helpful for someone who is limited in options for other medical options and medication. This is a safe way to get a massage during pregnancy.
This refers to an Idaho Falls massage therapy session where two people are receiving a massage at the same time and in the same room. This requires two massage therapists. The massage itself is the same as an individual session, but you’ll be able to share the experience with your spouse, friend, etc. This can be a great way to bond and have an experience for just the two of you.
- Hot Stones
Hot stones is like a Swedish massage. The difference is that your therapist will use heated stones instead of their hands. This can ease any muscle tension, improve blood flow, alleviate pain, promote relaxation, and relieve stress.
Cupping therapy is when a therapist puts a special type of cup on your skin. These cups are left there for a few minutes in order to create suction. Doing this can help with pain, blood flow, and relaxation.
- Hot Towels
Using hot towels in a massage creates a warmth and moisture that allows your muscles to be more pliable.
- Gua Sha
This involves scraping your skin with a massage tool. It helps improve circulation.
- Kinesio Taping
This is a taping technique designed to facilitate the body’s healing process. The tape also provides support and stability to the muscles and joints.