Kinds of Massage – Part 1

by gingerbraaten on November 2, 2010

Happiness is a not a destination, but the journey.
Dealing with illness is both destination and journey.
Medicine is concerned with the quality of the destination.
Massage is concerned with the quality of the journey.

Bruce Hopkins

Swedish Massage Therapy

Swedish massage is often used interchangeably as massage therapy in the U.S., since it is the most popular type of massage here.

It involves using long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements. Therapists will use massage lotion or oil.

If you have never tried massage before, we recommend going with this option first — it is extremely relaxing and gentle.  Be prepared to take a nap afterwards!

Deep Tissue Massage

This kind of massage might work for you, if you suffer from:

  • postural problems (don’t we all — after a day in front of a computer!)
  • repetitive strain
  • chronically tight or painful muscles
  • recovery from injury

The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue.

Be aware that you might feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.

Talk to our massage therapists at our dayspa

Talk to our massage therapists here at Ragtops about what kind of therapeutic massage would work for you.

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