5 Types of Massages and Their Benefits

Nothing compares to the euphoric feeling of a post-massage session, especially when life gets a little busier than usual! Stress and anxiety take a toll on our health when we least expect it – and sometimes we need a little more TLC than the occasional face mask or short walk. 

Holistic health at Release is about caring and tending to the whole body. It’s important to take care of your body by getting enough rest and exercise. We all need a certain amount of energy to function daily, and massage is a powerful body maintenance tool that can help improve sleep, reduce muscle fatigue, and increase concentration. We highly recommend adding to your list of self-care routines. Self care is not optional!

Your self care routine should include massage as an important component for optimal physical, mental, and spiritual health. Massage therapy allows you to be resilient, recover and cope with the stresses of life. It also helps support your long term health. Our licensed massage therapists are well versed in treating various ailments and helping you release those energy-blocking stressors. We help you to prioritize your self-care so you can show up as your best self.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries in both Eastern and Western civilizations. Although it has evolved over time, massage remains one of the most recommended treatments for reducing pain, healing injuries, and managing medical conditions like anxiety.

There’s no one-way approach to wellness. Today’s therapists use varying massage techniques that originate from ancient methods. At Release, Sandi loves to customize our spa services to provide a wide range of healing treatments for our clients. “Every part of your body wants something different and likes different pressures.” 

“I enjoy working on clients recovering from surgery, like a rotator cuff injury, mastectomies, or even working too long at a desk looking at a computer screen,” she said. Providing a combination of techniques depends on the client and what they hope to gain after an appointment with us. 

With so many treatments available, finding the best remedy to suit your needs can feel overwhelming. If you’re new to the practice or are looking for the best-recommended forms to try at home, we’ve got you covered. Here are six of our favorite massages:

Deep Tissue

Are you ready to swap the ibuprofen for a day of wellness?

A Deep Tissue Massage is a technique we use to help you relax and treat strains, sports injuries, and other musculoskeletal concerns. We apply slower and more forceful hand movements. This massage can help accelerate recovery for clients with severe injuries. Deep penetration breaks the scar tissue to subdue discomfort and improve stiffness.

Release Signature Massage

A Release Signature Massage draws many similarities to Swedish Massage. We use a lighter touch to help you melt away tension and release stress. Deep circular motions and long-flowing strokes relax tight muscles and improve blood circulation. This approach to health reduces anxiety, stress, and symptoms of depression. Clients also turn to us to keep migraines and headaches at bay.

Trigger Point

There’s nothing worse than getting a knot (trigger point) in your shoulders or back. Pain can spread rapidly as spasms or sharp aches. Trigger Point Massage is a non-invasive solution that offers long-term results. Medium direct pressure to the muscle soothes cramps.

Therapeutic Deep Tissue

Experiencing stiff limbs and tension? It might be time to book a deep tissue massage to restore and heal overextended muscles! At Release, our massage therapists focus on areas of chronic muscular tension brought on by emotional or physical stress. 

Mild pressure gets applied to localized areas where the pain originates in the muscles and sheath of the tissue. Our techniques not only dissolve aches and strains, but deep tissue massages can also improve the range of motion. This holistic remedy will decrease your chances of sustaining future strains or pulls if you live an active lifestyle.

Reflexology

“Reflexology stimulates healing by improving circulation, reducing stress, easing pain, and restoring natural balance,” according to one of our Massage Therapists, Junny June Foote.

It is one of Release’s most popular types of massage. Therapists exert pressure on specific points in the feet, hands, or ears, corresponding to a body part or organ. The ancient technique can restore energy flow! It is deeply relaxing and restorative.

Additions to Massage Therapy

Myofascial Release

We recommend this stretch for muscle rehabilitation and to heal your connective tissues. Myofascial Release helps manage conditions like fibromyalgia or Temporary Mandibular Joint disorder (TMJ). 

Emily Clifford, our holistic massage and polarity therapist, believes our bodies can heal the most when it’s in its most relaxed state. “I love Myofascial Release because the science behind it requires an extremely light touch,” she said. There’s nothing a massage won’t fix – but if you notice tightness, this is an ideal add-on to your appointment.

Cupping

Cupping is another alternative to help with massage. “It’s like a reverse deep tissue,” Sandi said. “Instead of using deep pressure to get down into the muscle, the cupping lifts the muscle and helps separate the fascial tissue restrictions.”

At Release, we give you the option of combining treatments for a complete remedy. Like Sandi, Massage Therapist Poppy Ibabao enjoys adding alternative healing techniques to her massage to get the complete fix. “My favorite kind of massage incorporates several modalities: Deep Tissue, Cupping, and stretching,” she said. “When put together, the benefits are amazing to feel and receive!”

Our wellness center is a great place to start if you’ve never tried massage therapy. Learn more about its health benefits and what to expect during a massage session with our talented team.

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