5 Types of Massage Therapies & Their Benefits

With the many stresses of daily life, massages are a great way to relieve the built-up tension and aches we experience.

There are various types of massage therapy styles, each with its own purpose and health benefits. Some massages aim to relax and release tension from the body, while others focus on rehabilitating injuries or soothing sore muscles.

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Different Types of Massage Therapies for Better Well-Being

Acacia Well-Being offers therapeutic Remedial, Sports, Relaxation, Thai and Deep Tissue massage therapies to alleviate pain and promote recovery of damaged tendons and muscles.

Remedial Massage

Also known as targeted massage therapy, a therapeutic remedial massage is a tailored treatment plan for people struggling with musculoskeletal injuries and body pain. While it focuses on addressing injury pain and relieving muscle and bone aches, it also has a host of other health benefits, such as improving posture and blood circulation. You can read more about this in our guide on how targeted massage benefits the body.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is a therapeutic treatment recommended for individuals who regularly engage in physically demanding activities, such as athletes or fitness enthusiasts. While it is similar to remedial therapy, this service is more sports-focused and specific to the muscle groups, joints, tendons and ligaments affected by said physical activity. A sports massage therapy also helps enhance athletic performance, promote better sleep and improve recovery from injuries.

Relaxation Massage

A relaxation massage focuses on providing general relaxation to the body, easing tired muscles and stimulating blood circulation. Popular relaxation massage styles include Swedish massage, Hot Stone and Aromatherapy.

Through this treatment, you can take time off and recover from the usual stressful demands of life. Some of the benefits you can experience with regular relaxation massage therapy include relief from body pain, muscle tension and stress-related symptoms, healthier-looking skin, improved overall digestion and better sleep quality.

Thai Massage

Based on the concept that energy moves through your body along predictable lines, known as sens, Thai massage involves gentle stretching, pulling and rocking techniques. It helps alleviate muscle tension, relieve headaches, lower stress, improve flexibility and circulation, and energise the mind and body. It is different from Western-style massages in that you lie down on a mat and “assist” your therapist as they move your body into yoga-like poses.

Due to its significant effects on the circulatory system, you should check with your doctor before scheduling a Thai massage if you have an underlying health condition.

Deep Tissue Massage

While this therapy is similar to the style of a Swedish massage, deep tissue massage therapy is more intense as it focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissues and fascia. As such, this therapy involves harsher pressure and can be uncomfortable. It is recommended for people suffering from chronic muscle pain, stiff necks, upper and lower back pain, and muscle tightness. Like remedial and sports massage, it also focuses on addressing specific problem areas of the body.

Because it is a high-pressure massage, people with underlying health issues must consult their doctor beforehand.

Which Massage is Best for You?

Let us know about your needs so we can provide you with the most suitable massage service for optimum relief and healing. At Acacia Well-Being, we help you achieve a happier and healthier version of yourself through our holistic treatment services. Call 1300 800 993 or fill up our online form for inquiries.

We are continuing to provide all services with additional precautions in place to safeguard the health and well-being of our clients, staff and the community. We are pleased to offer appointments with our Counselling team, Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist either face-to-face (wearing appropriate face masks), or via telehealth with secure video and phone consultations available. Remedial Massage therapy is able to continue under our COVID Safe Management Plan. To make an appointment please call us on 1300 800 993, send us a message, or book online.