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How Many Types of Massage Therapy Are There?

Massage Therapy

Naturopathy has been around for a very long time. Millions upon millions of satisfied people use naturopathic methods and remedies to soothe the things that ail them. Mainstream science would call the entirety of naturopathy “quackery,” but that’s because they have a very poor understanding of what this sort of practice entails. They believe it’s the mythical version of practitioners pretending to pull cancer out of people’s bodies, when in fact, it’s more about delivering soothing, relaxing therapies to people so that their bodies can heal themselves and help to relieve them of pain.

Millions of people swear by a practice like massage therapy. Still, even people who receive therapeutic massages often have no idea just how many different types of therapeutic massage are available to them. Here is a list of some of the most popular. We really can’t put a number on how many there are precisely, as many practitioners may have their own type that isn’t mainstream, so there’s no way to count. However, we can say which are the most popular...

A Wide Variety of Therapeutic Massage Types

Swedish Massage

One of the most popular, this is a light, relaxing, smooth massage that utilizes a lot of different lotions and oils to really relax the body and make the person feel calm so that their bodies can let go of all that tension and anxiety that’s bottling them up.

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy is its own genre, but when it’s blended with massage therapy, it takes on a new life and becomes a sort of a next-level Swedish massage, whereby the environment becomes exponentially more relaxing for the person receiving the therapy.

Hot Stone Massage

This one is exactly like it sounds. Stones are heated up and then placed on key points of the body. Heat therapy has been used for centuries, and it’s so effective that professional trainers apply it to million-dollar athletes. When utilized in a massage, the heat can help heal muscle damage and reduce inflammation.

Deep Tissue Massage

This is all about getting deep into the muscle tissue to really work out the tension. It’s a rougher, faster sort of massage than the Swedish, and it’s used mainly on people with chronic pain, muscle fatigue, and other issues that require some real work.

Shiatsu Massage

A Japanese specialty, the Shiatsu is like the Swedish meeting the deep tissue, and people giving this massage will often use their elbows to really get down in there and work out those adhesions in the muscle mass. These massages are often given on the floor or shallow tables so the practitioner can use a lot of leverage.

Thai Massage

This massage is like a blend of stretching, yoga and massage. It’s all about flexibility and stretching the muscles out. Think about how good that morning stretch feels, and now imagine that someone is giving you a massage that feels like this. It’s very relaxing.

Sports Massage

This is a medium-intensity massage that’s given to athletes to increase their flexibility and ultimately perform better without worrying about things like muscle strains and tears. It’s also a good massage to help relieve pain and tension.

Neuromuscular Massage

This is a trigger point massage, which means the practitioner is pressing down on certain pressure points in the person’s head and neck. This is typically a massage given to someone who is experiencing muscle spasms. The massage technique works to help calm the muscle down by relaxing it and relieving all the tension that’s built up. It’s great to assist with cramping and other issues as well.

Massage Therapy

These are just some of the many different types of therapeutic massages available to you thanks to naturopathic methods. You can also find types like pregnancy massages, trigger point massages, and much more. It really all depends on the clinic you decide to go with. Though, by and large, most will deal with the ones listed here, give or take, so you should have no trouble in finding the type of massage you need for the issue you’re dealing with.

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