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© 2015 by Andrea Metcalf

4 Types of massages everyone should try

December 5, 2018

 


Massage is defined as the rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints in the body using hands. This is done to relieve tension or pain. It's a great way to treat yourself after a long hard day at work or just when you need something to help you relax.

There are so many types of massages available today, from traditional ones like shiatsu and Swedish to ones developed for a specific type of people such as pregnant women and even babies, to the more exotic ones like tantra massage. Take a look at the types of massages below that you should definitely try.

1. Swedish massage - if you have never had a massage before, a Swedish massage is a good introduction.  If you have tension in your muscles and you just want a relaxing time, this is perfect for you. It is the most widely known and common type of massage. There are five strokes in Swedish massage, namely vibration, which is the rocking and shaking movements, tapotement or the rhythmic tapping, effleurage which the sliding or gliding, friction, petrissage which is the kneading.

2. Hot stone massage - if you have been suffering from chronic muscle pain, get a hot stone massage. This is quite similar to getting a Swedish massage. But as an added bonus, the massage therapist also uses hot stones on certain parts in the body. This can help with muscle tension. to ease the pain you may be feeling and also to improve blood flow.

3. Reflexology - the art of reflexology dates back to ancient civilizations and continues to still be used today. Unlike the other massages which are for the whole body, reflexology, also known as zone therapy targets the hands and feet. If you are in the type of industry where you are on your feet all day long, this type of massage would be such a treat for your tired, achy feet. For those who do reflexology, they have this belief that there are reflex areas of points in the body that are connected to other points in the body. When pressure is applied to these reflex points, the body will respond by stimulating endorphin, which reduces your stress and discomfort. While there is still no concrete proof to the science of reflexology, there's no denying just how pleasurable it will be for your feet when you undergo this massage.


4. Tantric massage - a tantra massage joins elements of yoga, bioenergetics, and sexual therapy for a totally relaxing time. While it may be similar to the usual massage that you get but in tantric massage, there the yoni massage and the lingam massage. This involves being massaged in the genital areas, with the yoni a term for the women, while the lingam is for the men. But tantric massage is not a form of a quickie, it aims to be a path to enlightenment, where you will feel like you are in a trance and physical boundaries dissolve. There is even a tantric massage for couples, like the ones offered at Forever Tantric, where you can enhance not just your sexual pleasure but deepen your relationship as well. and physical boundaries dissolve. There is even a tantric massage for couples, like the ones offered at Forever Tantric, where you can enhance not just your sexual pleasure but deepen your relationship as well.

 

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