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The Different Types of Massage Therapy: Rolling, Deep Pressing, and Therapeutic Stretching

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Massage therapy is one of the oldest and most popular forms of healing and relaxation. It is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to help people relax, manage stress, and heal physical ailments. Today, there are many different types of massage therapy, from rolling to deep pressing and therapeutic stretching. In this blog post, we will explore these three types of massage therapy and how they can benefit your health.

Rolling

A skin rolling technique is used to loosen the skin, release muscle tension, decrease pain, and increase flexibility. Skin rolling pulls the skin away from any muscles that may be stuck to deep tissues, which can cause discomfort and pain. This technique is used to separate the skin from any restrictions, decreasing the pain and increasing movement. Rolling can be used post exercise and to treat deep tissue injuries. To perform skin rolling correctly, the roller should be rolled in a continuous forward motion with gentle pressure. This will open and liberate the skin from any restrictions, allowing for improved flexibility and comfort. Skin rolling can be beneficial to athletes who need to improve their range of motion, as well as those with chronic pain issues.

Deep Pressing

Deep tissue massage can be used to target muscle knots that can cause pain throughout the body.

Deep tissue massage is a type of therapy that seeks to remove scar tissue and soften stiff, contracted areas like necks, lower backs, and shoulders. During a deep tissue massage, a trained massage therapist uses slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. The therapist may also use specific techniques, such as friction, to break down adhesions and realign deeper layers of muscles.

Deep tissue massage usually focuses on major muscle groups, such as the neck or lower back, and can be used to relieve chronic tension and pain in those areas. It is also used to break up scar tissue and physical adhesions that can limit range of motion and cause pain. Deep tissue massage can be used to target muscle knots (trigger points) that can cause pain throughout the body. By focusing on these trigger points, deep tissue massage can reduce inflammation and help ease the pain associated with them.

The pressure used during deep tissue massage is generally stronger than other types of massage therapy, so it is important to communicate with your massage therapist before the session to make sure the pressure is comfortable. During the massage, your massage therapist will apply manual pressure and use their knuckles, elbows, and forearms to press and stretch your muscles and soft tissues. They may also use heated stones or other tools to further enhance the massage.

Therapeutic Stretching

Therapeutic stretching helps to reduce pain, tightness, and stiffness in the body. Stretching also increases your range of motion and flexibility, which helps to improve posture, reduce stress, and increase balance. A licensed massage therapist will guide you through a gentle stretching routine designed to target specific areas of the body that need extra attention. They may use their hands, elbows, and other tools to ensure an effective stretch.

Therapeutic stretching is a great way to get the most out of your massage therapy session. It can help to reduce pain, tightness, and stiffness in the body, as well as improve posture, increase balance and reduce stress. Whether done after a massage session or as a standalone service, therapeutic stretching can be a valuable addition to any wellness program.

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