If you have never visited a massage therapist before, you may be confused about all the different types of massage therapy options out there and which one may be the right option for you. But don’t let that intimidate you! The benefits of massage therapy are unbelievable and you are sincerely missing out if you have never had a massage from a professional massage therapist before! Many people choose to see their massage therapist for benefits like stress relief, pain relief, reduced anxiety, and more. In today’s blog at Core Chiropractic + Wellness in Bakersfield, we talk a little bit about some of the most common types of massage therapy and their differences.

Learn which type of massage therapy you should try first by reading on and schedule your appointment with one of our massage therapists today!

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is one of the most common forms of massage therapy. Swedish Massage therapy is a vigorous and stern type of massage therapy that’s purpose is to help energize your body by stimulating your circulation. People who experience a Swedish Massage from our massage therapists report feeling more relaxed overall, improved circulation, and the dissolution of scar tissue. Swedish Massage therapy is great for those looking for a massage that is both relaxing and invigorating.

Deep Tissue Massage

This is another common type of massage therapy that most people have heard of. The goal of Deep Tissue massage is what it may sound like, to target the muscles further away from the surface of your skin for comprehensive and serious results. Your massage therapist will try to reach the deep tissue structures of the muscles and focus on relieving tension. If you are looking for pain relief to untangle the “knot” you have deeper in your muscle structures, then a Deep Tissue massage therapy session is an excellent option. Your massage therapist will use slow, deep strokes to reach your innermost muscles and musculoskeletal structures.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage therapy is a technique in which smooth, weighted stones are heated up and strategically placed along your back and spine. The stones help to warm the muscles along your back to help them relax. This technique is used before traditional massage therapy so that your massage therapist can apply deeper pressure during your massage with lessened discomfort and pain. This type of massage therapy is ideal for alleviating any pain you may be experiencing and helping your muscles (and you) relax more deeply. If you are looking for a massage therapy that will help you relax your tense muscles, Hot Stone massage therapy is an effective option.

Postpartum/Prenatal Massage

Prenatal Massage therapy is a safe and powerful tool for expecting mothers. Pregnancy can wreak havoc on some women’s bodies, causing them to ache and have pain like never before. Pregnancy or prenatal massage can help to make your pregnancy experience a little easier by relieving common aches and pains pregnant women can experience like painfully swollen feet, back pain, neck pain, tense muscles, and more. Additionally, prenatal and postpartum massage therapy has been shown to help improve the emotional well-being of mothers by helping them relax and more effectively deal with depression.

Even after your child is born, you may be experiencing backaches and neck pain and you will almost certainly be experiencing some level of stress. Postpartum massage therapy is an excellent, natural solution for relieving stress and pains that come after giving birth.

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu Massage therapy is a type of massage that is Japanese in origin. Roughly translated, Shiatsu means “finger pressure”, and if you have ever had one, it is easy to see why. Shiatsu Massage therapy primarily uses pressure from fingers, thumbs, feet, and palms to administer the massage. It can help people feel more relaxed, their muscles more stretched, and their overall mobility improved. In this type of massage therapy, pressure is strategically applied to various parts of the body to promote overall health and wellbeing.

Lomi Lomi

Lomi Lomi massage therapy originates from Hawaii and is a Samoan word meaning “to knead or rub.” This type of massage therapy uses palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet, sticks, and stones to administer the massage. Lomi Lomi can help you relax, improve your posture, improve your range-of-motion, and lower your blood pressure.

Schedule Your Appointment With a Massage Therapist

If you are interested in trying one or more of these different types of massage, contact one of our friendly massage therapists at Core Chiropractic + Wellness in Bakersfield today! Our massage therapists are well-versed in a wide variety of massage therapy styles. They can help you decide which type of massage therapy will best suit your needs and administer it expertly. Whether you have never had a massage before or are a massage therapy veteran, you’re sure to love our massage therapy at Core Chiropractic + Wellness!