Choosing the Right Type of Massage Technique

facial massageAlthough the issue of choosing the right type of massage technique may not seem like all that big of a deal, in reality, it is. Selecting the specific massage technique that is required for that particular client and their particular needs is incredibly crucial, as not only do you want the massage technique to actually be effective, but you can also cause mild to serious injury from using the wrong massage technique.

How do I Choose the Right Type of Massage Technique?

There are many different types of massage and this can make it seem like an arduous and frustrating task trying to decide which technique is needed for which situation. The most basic massages are: deep muscle massage, acupressure, craniofacial therapy , connective tissue massage, reflexology, infant massage, myotherapy, polarity therapy,  rolfing, reiki, shiatsu, sports massage, Swedish massage, Thai massage, and trigger point.


Acupressure is a massage technique that based on the same ideas as acupuncture, and which involves the placing of physical pressure by using a hand or elbow, as well as with the aid of various other specifically designed devices. It is the application of pressure or localized massage to specific sites on the body, and is even used to control such symptoms as nausea, pain, and bleeding.

This type of massage technique is derived from traditional Chinese medicine, and is a form of treatment that is primarily used for pain relief and which works by involving pressure on particular points in the body which are noted and labeled as acupressure points. This again, is how it relates to that of acupuncture, as with acupuncture as well there is the importance of locating certain points in the body and placing pressure on these to relieve pain and relax the body.

It fact, this type of massage is actually a combination of acupuncture and massage, and primarily uses that of the thumbs and fingertips in order to apply pressure massage on the proper pressure points. Besides the use of pressure, there is also often the use of cold or light massage on very specific parts of the body, and it is used to bring about relief through greater balance and circulation of the energies in the body.

Although there are many different types of massage techniques, acupressure is easily one of the most popular, as even after a short single massage, you will notice a dramatic difference both mentally and physically.

Call today and ask a therapist which is the best massage technique for you.

Thrive Massage and Wellness
4955 N Hamilton Rd
Columbus, OH  43230
(614) 473-1000


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