The different types of massage

There are a number of different Chicago massage styles; here is a short guide to which massage therapy may be right for you.

Swedish massage therapy: Swedish massage is the most common massage therapy in the country, so much so that often it is simply referred to as massage therapy. The massage therapist uses long uninterrupted strokes, a kneading motion and circular motions on superficial muscle layer; the massage is given using oil or lotion. Swedish massage therapy is gentle and relaxing and is a good style to try first.

Aromatherapy massages: This is a Chicago massage therapy that adds one or more essential oils from scented plants.  These oils are used to address specific needs of the patient. The massage therapist has at his or her disposal a range of different essential oils that are used to relax, energize, reduce stress, induce balance, etc. The most popular of all the oils used is lavender. Aromatherapy massage is best suited for stress-related issues or a wide variety of other specific conditions.

Hot stone massage: Hot stone massage is ideal for people with tense muscles preferring a different type of massage. The massage is given with smooth stones which have been pre-heated; the massage therapist places the stones in specific places to relieve tension in specific muscles, and will also use the stones to apply pressure to the muscles being treated.

Deep tissue massage: This Chicago massage therapy focuses on the deep layers of muscle and tendons. The strokes used are slow and hard enough to create friction when the therapist pushes against the grain of the muscle fibers. The deep tissue massage is ideal for repetitive strain injury, problems with posture or chronically tight muscles. After a deep tissue massage it is normal to feel sore for the next day or two, but then much better thereafter.

Shiatsu: Shiatsu massage is a type of Japanese body manipulation where the fingers of the massage therapist apply pressure in a rhythmic motion to a defined series of meridians; the same meridians as used for acupuncture. The finger pressure on each point is held for a specific time: from 2 to 8 seconds. This improves the flow of energy and helps to regain body balance. Although the pressure is firm, there is little to no ache or soreness afterwards.

Prenatal massage: This therapy is becoming more popular with expectant mothers to be. Chicago massage therapists are well-trained to modify their technique including proper positions and how to support the body during the massage. A prenatal massage can reduces pain, stress, anxiety and depression.

Your medical doctor may suggest that as part of your therapy you get a Chicago massage therapist involved. Highly-skilled massage therapists are employed by Progressive Chiropractic Wellness Center.

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