BY Kerry Ng
Although the issue of choosing the right type of massage technique may not seem like that big of a deal, in reality, it is. Choosing the correct massage technique that is required for that particular client and their particular needs is vitally important. Yes the massage technique should be effective, but there's a chance you can also cause mild to serious injury from using the wrong massage technique.
There are many different types of massage and it may seem like an arduous and frustrating task trying to decide which technique is needed for which situation. The most basic massages are: connective tissue massage, acupressure, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, deep muscle massage, myofascial release, myotherapy, reiki,l shiatsu, sports massage, rofing, Swedish massage,infant massage, Thai massage, and trigger point.
Acupressure is a massage technique that is based on the same ideas as acupuncture, and 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 points on the body and can even be 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 works by involving pressure on specific 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 points to relieve pain and relax the body.
This type of massage is actually a combination of acupuncture and massage. It primarily uses the thumbs and fingertips in order to apply pressure massage on the proper pressure points. Along with 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 probably one of the most popular. Even after a single massage, you will notice a huge difference both physically and mentally.
Kerry Ng is a successful Webmaster and publisher of The Massage Info Blog.