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Top 10 Massage Techniques

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Top 10 Massage Techniques

Back in the days before aspirin, heating pads and whirlpools, humans treated their sore bodies the old-fashioned way: With massage. When a caveman twisted one of his Neanderthal knees, he rubbed it.

In many ways, massage is the most natural of natural remedies. Touching your body where it hurts seems to be a basics instinct, like running from danger or eating when you’re hungry. And experts say that massage, no matter how humble or low-tech it may seem, can be a powerful healer.

Massage has come a long way over the centuries.

SWEDISH MASSAGE uses soothing, tapping and kneading strokes to work the entire body, relieving muscle tension and loosening sore joints. Swedish massage therapists use five basic strokes, which anyone can learn and use on themselves and others. They are effleurage (stroking); petrissage (muscles are lightly grabbed and lifted); friction (thumbs and fingertips work in deep circles into the thickest part of muscles); tapotement (chopping, beating, and tapping strokes); and vibration (fingers are pressed or flattened firmly on a muscle, then the area is shaken rapidly for a few seconds).

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Adapted from New Choices in Natural Healing, edited by Bill Gottlieb, Editor-in-Chief, Prevention Magazine Health Books.

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3:43AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

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1:20AM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

I'm interested and I try to practice some types of massage, so thank you very much for sharing!

12:02AM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

Massage is a very basic and best way to remove the body pain. Many people's uses older ways like heating pads and whirlpool and air bathtubs, which are not beneficial as natural massage. In many countries still many people's using various ways of massage as you are defining here like SWEDISH MASSAG, DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE, SPORTS MASSAGE, NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE, ROLFING, etc.

7:41PM PDT on May 28, 2013

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12:50PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

It would be nice to add Hot Stone Therapy to your 10 techniques. I have a massage therapist who does Swedish or Deep Tissue with some new stones she calls the Heat Wave stones. They are absolutely wonderful. She said they are hand-made and are in5 different shapes. She loves them also.

10:39PM PST on Jan 30, 2013

This is nice. A good idea about the types of massages. I was looking for pictorial differences for the same and found it here

Thank you for this information.

7:51AM PDT on May 21, 2012

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4:45AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

There is a treatment, or culmination of modalities that is not listed in this article, and that is something that many of my clients request of me."Deep Swedish" . Although I am uncertain whether this request has a lot to do with a clients experience of a therapist using too soft of a touch in their sessions. A relaxing swedish massage is a healing therapy,but the body,in my opinion, still needs a good flushing with each massage to wake the lymphatic system a bit and get it flowing properly.Lymph movement is essential in maintaining the body's immune system!

Michael Champagne LMT - Michaels Massage™ - Myrtle Beach Mobile Massage

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