Summer is a time of heat, energy, and life. There are holiday picnics, summer camps, and neighborhood barbeques that occupy those blistering hot days. With so much doing there is little time to treat ourselves to much deserved relaxation and healing.

This summer take a moment for yourself and experience the wonders that massage therapy has to offer. An hour massage treatment stimulates muscle recovery, promotes relaxation, and boosts the immune system.

You can choose from a variety of types of massage methods. The following section addresses some of the different types of massage and its benefits. When calling to set up an appointment, ask to speak with your massage therapist and discuss what type of massage would best meet your needs.

TYPES AND BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY

Summer is a time of heat, energy, and life. There are holiday picnics, summer camps, and neighborhood barbeques that occupy those blistering hot days. With so much doing there is little time to treat ourselves to much deserved relaxation and healing.

This summer take a moment for yourself and experience the wonders that massage therapy has to offer. An hour massage treatment stimulates muscle recovery, promotes relaxation, and boosts the immune system.

You can choose from a variety of types of massage methods. The following section addresses some of the different types of massage and its benefits. When calling to set up an appointment, ask to speak with your massage therapist and discuss what type of massage would best meet your needs.

Therapeutic or Swedish Massage
Therapeutic massage is manual manipulation of the body’s soft tissue for the purpose of stimulating circulation and promoting relaxation. Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage, including effleurage (light touch), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (compression) and vibration. It allows quiet time to focus on self, become more connected to the body, reducing stress and pain and boost the immune system.

Acupressure
Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force (sometimes known as qi or chi) to aid healing.

Deep Tissue
Deep tissue massage is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, physically breaking down and eliminating adhesions or scar tissue to relieve pain and restore normal movement. The therapist releases chronic muscle tension through slow strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscle.

Sports Massage
There are four types of sports massage designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery (pre- event, post-event, restorative and rehabilitative). Three main techniques utilized by the therapist include effleurage, petrissage and friction to relieve muscle tension and restore balance to the musculo-skeletal system. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing, reducing pain, spasms and tension.

Stone Therapy
The massage therapist utilizes heated river stones to elicit physical healing, mental relaxation and a spiritual connection to earth energy. The stones are used as extensions of the therapist’s hands, thus size and shape will vary to meet the needs of a session that may include trigger point work, Swedish strokes and energy work, among other modalities.

Thai Massage
Through deep muscle stretching, joint release and emphasis on the breath, thai massage offers benefits such as increased flexibility, inner organ massage, improved oxygenation of the blood, and quieting of the mind. Except for the feet, the client remains fully clothed.

Massage Cupping
Massage cupping is the combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a suction device on the skin. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and to the local area, relaxes muscle tissue, and draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body.

Pregnancy Massage
Comfortably supported with pillows or body cushions, massage during pregnancy can provide relaxation, relieve pain, increase flexibility, ease intestinal discomfort, reduce fluid retention and enhance circulation. Be sure to check with your physician prior to setting up an appointment.

Infant Massage
Infant massage is a holistic and natural way to promote infant health, improve parenting skills, and deepen bonding. The therapist works with the parents to provide nurturing touch, massage and reflexology in a loving, fun, one-on-one interaction that offers nourishment for baby’s healthy development of mind, body and spirit.

Oncology Massage
Oncology massage refers to massage tailored to the needs of individuals with cancer. This specialized practice requires therapists to be fully educated in and pay close attention to the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of clients in all stages of cancer. Please check with your physician prior to setting up an appointment.

Be sure to drink plenty of water and relax post-treatment to reap all the benefits.

Written with information provided by Harmony FarmĀ® in Tipp City, OH. (harmonyfarmonline.com)