The What's, Why's, Where's, And When's Of Massage Therapy

18 January 2023
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Which type of massage therapy is right for you? Whether this is your first massage or you have a new issue that you want to address, take a look at the what's, why's, where's, and when's of this type of service.

What Types Of Massage Services Are Available?

There isn't just one general type of massage. Instead, you can choose from a wide variety of options. While all massages include kneading and movement of the skin and muscles, each type includes different motions, approaches, and accessories/tools. Some of the most common massages are Swedish, hot stone, aromatherapy, deep tissue, Shiatsu, lymphatic drainage, and sports techniques. 

Why Get A Massage?

How can you choose one from the many types of massages? The answer to this question depends on the "why" behind the service. Most massage techniques offer relaxation/stress relief and physical or pain release benefits. But the specific pluses of each service depends on the approach used. 

Some types of massage (such as Shiatsu) can relieve pain or tension in specific areas, such as the head, while also promoting relaxation and improving your mood. If you have excessive swelling or a condition such as fibromyalgia, a specialized lymphatic drainage massage can also improve circulation and reduce stiffness. 

Where Should You Get A Massage?

Again, the answer to this question also depends on the "why" behind the massage. Many day spas and salons offer massage services. The specific options each spa or salon has on its menu may vary depending on the massage therapists the establishment employs and the local popularity of services.

Before you book a massage, make sure that the spa or salon only employs licensed therapists. Each state regulates therapists and may have different licensure requirements. These requirements typically include a specific number of training and hands-on experience hours. Therapists who offer specialized services, such as lymphatic drainage massages or prenatal massages, should have additional training or certifications. 

When Should You Book A Massage?

There is no standard time or reason to book a massage. You may want to book a regular massage on a weekly or monthly basis to maintain a stress-free (or low-stress) lifestyle or as part of a relaxation routine. Other times to book a service include before/after a stressful event, on a special occasion (such as your birthday or a couples massage on your anniversary), before you have a baby (for prenatal massages), after a sports injury, or as part of rehab from an injury or chronic health/physical condition.