Massages

Deep Tissue
Bamboo Swedish
 

Deep tissue massage has several health benefits for athletes and non-athletes alike. Discuss this type of massage with your health care provider to determine its suitability for your body.


TECHNIQUE

Deep tissue massage involves slow strokes with deep pressure. The massage therapist applies pressure in the opposite direction of muscles that cause pains and aches, according to Vista College. This type of massage benefits people who experience muscle tension, chronic inflammation, muscle pain and physical stress.


BENEFITS

Deep tissue massage offers several mental and physical benefits. This massage style relieves stress and promotes relaxation. Deep tissue massage also relieves pain and muscle stiffness associated with athletic injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, carpal tunnel syndrome and whiplash.


EFFECTS

In addition to the muscular effects of deep tissue massage, this type of massage also reduces blood pressure. In a study published in the March 2008 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, lead investigator Dr. Alan Kaye studied the effects of deep tissue massage on blood pressure. During the study, participants received massages that lasted 45 to 60 minutes each. The researchers played soothing CDs in the background during each massage. The results of this study showed that systolic blood pressure decreased by an average of 10.4 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure decreased by an average of 5.3 mm Hg.


CONSIDERATIONS

Choosing a competent massage therapist plays a major role in how well deep tissue massage improves your condition. In some states, massage therapists do not need licenses, so ask each prospective therapist about his training. Select a massage therapist who attended an accredited school with a good massage therapy program. Bloomington Massage Therapy recommends selecting a therapist who completed at least 500 hours of training. Ask each therapist questions about his experience, massage style and preferences. If you select a massage therapist who does not give you a good massage, do not hesitate to find a different therapist.


WARNING

Some people should not receive deep tissue massage services. Anyone who has had recent surgery should avoid this type of therapy unless a physician has recommended it. Those with open wounds and skin infections should also avoid deep tissue massage. This prevents wounds from getting worse and reduces the risk of spreading infection. If you were in a motor vehicle accident or involved in any type of physical trauma, ask your doctor if deep tissue massage would hurt you or benefit you.

 

Bamboo is a woody plant with hollow stems. It can grow a foot in 24 hours, which makes it an important renewable resource.


TECHNIQUE


The therapist begins at the feet and slowly moves up to the head. The therapist then turns around at the head and works back down to the opposite foot. Different size bamboo stalks are used for different muscles groups. The feet require a small 4-inch stalk, while thighs require a 16-inch stalk about 1 inch in diameter.

BENEFITS 
Using special massage oils, the therapist rolls the stalks evenly over the client's muscles, which is warming and relaxing. As a method of stress management, bamboo massage also can help with migraines, arthritis and respiratory problems.

EFFECTS
Bamboo Massage uses warmed bamboo stalks of varying sizes and diameter to apply a deep tissue massage by kneading the muscles with the bamboo stalks. Not only does this sooth sore muscles, but it also increases circulation and aids in providing a sense of deep relaxation.
 


Swedish massage is one of the best known massage techniques. It also serves as a foundational technique for other types of massage. Swedish massage uses a variety of techniques, from long and gliding strokes to kneading the muscle. This type of massage is often adapted for sports massage and is used frequently by athletes to maintain optimal body health. The benefits of this type of massage are apparent after one session with a skilled masseuse.


INCREASES BLOOD AND OXYGEN FLOW

By gently stroking the body in the direction of blood flow, Swedish massage increases blood and oxygen flow without increasing the burden on your heart. In addition, the techniques used in Swedish massage dilate the blood vessels, improving circulation throughout your body.


FLUSHES WASTE

Swedish massage employs techniques that stimulate your lymph nodes, aiding your body's natural process of reducing waste product and toxins. Lactic acid buildup, in particular, is released with this type of massage, which shortens recovery time from a hard workout. After a Swedish massage, your masseuse may recommend that you drink several glasses of water to ensure that the toxins released by the massage are fully eliminated from your body.


RELAXES

Masseuses practiced in the Swedish massage techniques are especially adept at the light, gentle touch required to give a good Swedish massage. Rather than the powerful releases of techniques such as acupressure massage, Swedish massage is softer and more subtle. The strokes involved stretch and lengthen, gently knead, gently vibrate or use soft tapping to encourage blood circulation and lymphatic function.


LENGTHENS MUSCLES

Swedish massage focuses on lengthening and stretching your muscles and tendons. As a result, you minimize the risk of injury due to tight or overly short muscles. One of the key techniques for Swedish massage uses passive and active movements to manipulate your body with light stretches. For example, a practitioner may stretch your arms over and across your body to help lengthen the muscles and tendons in the shoulder and back. However, the stretches are never forced. Rather, they are gentle and slow, enabling the muscles to slowly release and lengthen.