The Most Popular Types of Massage at Millennium: Choosing the Massage Best for You
How many times have you heard or perhaps even said “I need a massage?” Whether it is to ease pain, relieve tension and stress or muscle tightness, there are many modalities to choose from which focus on different parts of the body or healing approaches.
Your massage therapist can guide you on the best type of massage to help you including the amount of pressure, type of kneading or rubbing needed. Below you’ll find types of massage that are the most popular at Millennium and which type might be right for you.
- For relaxation
- To manage minor pain
- If you are new to massage
- If you are sensitive to touch
Swedish massage is a gentle type of full-body massage that can help release muscle knots and is a good choice for when you want to fully relax during a massage. Generally a Swedish massage will be scheduled for 60 to 90 minutes.
The massage therapist will use a combination of:
- long, flowing strokes
- deep circular motions
- vibration and tapping
- passive joint movement techniques
Choose Therapeutic Massage
- can help you manage chronic pain
- Increase range of motion
A therapeutic type of massage involves more focused work on your body’s soft tissue (the muscles, tendons and ligaments that move and support your body).
When you choose this focused massage, it can help decrease pain and increase your range of motion, make it easier to move and function more normally, and help you heal faster from medical concerns.
Deep Tissue Massage
Choose Deep Tissue:
- if you have a lot of muscle tension
- If you have chronic pain
- if you’re not overly sensitive to pressure
Deep Tissue massage uses considerably more pressure than a Swedish massage. If you have chronic muscle problems, such as soreness, injury, or imbalance, deep tissue is a great option. It can help alleviate tight muscles, chronic muscle pain, and anxiety. Usually a Deep Tissue massage lasts 60 to 90 minutes. Although it is more intense, you should not feel pain.
The massage therapist will:
- use slow strokes
- Apply deep finger pressure
- relieve tension from the deepest layers of your muscles and connective tissues
Himalayan Salt Stone Massage
Choose Himalayan Salt Stone:
- ease muscle tension
- improve blood flow
- alleviate pain
- promote relaxation
- relieve stress
A Himalayan Salt Stone massage works well for people who have muscle pain and tension or who simply want to relax. It is a type of therapeutic massage, similar to a Swedish massage, only the massage therapist uses heated salt stones in addition to their hands. It eases muscle tension, improves blood flow, and relieves pain by using heated stones.
During a hot stone massage, heated salt stones are placed on different areas around your whole body. Your therapist may hold a stone as they massage different parts of your body using Swedish massage techniques using gentle pressure.
- Relieve muscle tension
- Alleviate pain
- boost your mood
- reduce stress and anxiety
- Decrease symptoms of depression
Aromatherapy massages combine soft, gentle pressure (much like a Swedish massage) with the use of essential oils and can often have an emotional healing component. Your massage therapist will typically decide which essential oils to use, but you can let them know if you have a preference. Essential oils are diluted before being applied to the skin.
During the massage, you’ll be given a full-body massage while inhaling essential oils through a diffuser and absorbing them through your skin. Sometimes an aromatherapy massage will only focus on your back, shoulders, and head. An aromatherapy massage is 60 to 90 minutes. If you are sensitive to smell or essential oils, we do not recommend this type of massage.
Millennium has other types of massage to choose from … your massage therapist can guide you as to the direction you may want or need. We suggest booking your next (or perhaps first massage) before you get to the "need a massage" point at 480-513-9733.