What Kind of Massage Should YOU Get? 

 June 14, 2019

By  Brigitte Gregory

Sometimes it can be confusing – you know you're either stressed or in pain and everybody tells you that you need a good massage, but what type of massage should you get?

There are so many options available, how do you know which one will suit you?

That's where your friendly [PRACTICE NAME] massage therapists come in – if you're not sure, just call or drop in for a chat and we can help you find the perfect technique and style for your needs.  If it's your first massage too, we can put you at ease and make sure you know exactly what to expect.

In the meantime, here's the lowdown on some of the different types of massage that we offer and what they can do for you.

Remedial Massage

This is ideal for anyone who has very tight muscles, has been suffering with chronic tension, pain or musculoskeletal condition, or has bad posture.  This typically our most popular chosen massage type.  It is helpful to note that it can feel uncomfortable during the session at times as your therapist will work deeply into your muscles and connective tissues to release any tension in them.   However, many tend to describe it as a ‘good hurt' – and although you may feel a bit of soreness afterwards, most people agree that it's worth it as you'll feel amazing afterwards and typically feel better freedom of movement!

Your therapist can easily adjust and tailor the pressure during your massage and will check in on you to make sure you are comfortable, especially if it's your first deep tissue massage.  Want to learn more about the benefits of remedial massage?  Learn more here.

Sports Massage

When you're exercising or playing sports, the last thing you want is to have your performance stopped by injury. Sports massage is a type of remedial massage that targets the specific surface and deep muscles you need to perform at your best.   Choosing between sports massage and remedial has a lot to do with the intent and outcome you aim to achieve related to your sports training and performance goals.  When a good massage therapist better understands your training demands and goals, the major muscle groups repetitively used for your sport and the unique and intricate aches, twinges, tightness or areas you feel are holding you back or simply feeling odd or imbalanced; this is where your massage therapist can start drawing upon their skills and extra knowledge to help you best with a sports massage.

Very often the number one reason athletes don't perform at their best is due to injuries that occur along the way.  So considering sports massage as part of your regular training and recovery routine so you continually progress with less set backs is essential for the weekend warrior to the elite athlete.  Want to learn more about the benefits of sports massage? Learn more here.

Pregnancy Massage

For all Mums and Mums-to-be, Pregnancy Massage is a great way to give yourself an opportunity to reduce the stress of changing posture and muscle tension you can experience throughout your pregnancy.  Typically Mum's to be engage a massage therapist starting after the initial trimester and all the way up to and even after labour.   Outside of choosing pregnancy massage as a preventative approach to helping you adapt to your changing body, often some Mums can experience back, hip or groin aches and pains and sometimes pins and needles and sciatic symptoms.   For some women they can continue experience this discomfort still after the pregnancy.  And with additional strain on the body after pregnancy from regularly picking up and carrying an infant, frequent breast feeding or bottle feeding in a forward bent posture and lack of sleep; no wonder some mum's continue to experience aches and pains.

For those mum's who have gone through an experiences like this, they often find utilizing massage throughout their next pregnancy a much more enjoyable process.   Massage therapists who treat pregnant patients often have gained extra certification in this type of massage and have further knowledge and training that can assist you in your care.   In later stages of your pregnancy a therapist who utilizes a custom pregnancy massage cushion can make your experience even late in the final trimester helpful and achievable.  Ask the therapist if they have one of these cushions would be a good idea.   To learn more about pregnancy massage at Motion Health Centre, click here.

Relaxation Massage

Never had a massage before? Or just need a break from stress? Then a relaxation massage may be just the right type of massage for you - it's absolutely great for getting rid of stress and anxiety or just unwinding from life's business and occasional chaos.  It is popular for those on vacation or travelling for work and looking for a good massage therapist to help recover from the stress of travelling, flying and jet leg and help re-sync and re-energize the body so they can enjoy their holiday or seminar to the fullest.

It's also a good one to try if you're new to massage as it doesn't work too deeply into your muscles and the techniques used are all designed to relax and de-stress.   Want to learn more about the benefits of sports massage? Learn more here.

Brigitte Gregory

Brigitte is a massage therapist who is committed to optimizing the health and well-being of her clients. With over seven years of experience in many forms of massage, Brigitte enjoys working with a range of different people and using her experiences to deliver a better experience tailored to her clients, so they achieve greater results.

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