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8 Types of massage and their benefits 

8 Types of massage and their benefits 

Therapist performing deep tissue massage
Therapist at Dr. Seyi Medspa performing deep tissue massage of a patient

If you are planning to go for a massage and you’re wondering which type of massage will best serve your needs, you have landed on the right page.


In this article, I’m going to talk about the eight types of massage and their amazing health benefits to help you understand which one to choose depending on your goals when going for a massage.


Massage is very essential for treating and managing medical conditions such as; stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, insomnia, soft tissue injuries, acute/chronic low and back pain, etc.


In fact, the use of massage for treating ailments is dated back to The Ancient Empires like the Greeks, The Chinese, The Egyptians and several others.


It is not a surprise that massage parlours are springing up in every neighbourhood recently because many people want to treat themselves without having to use conventional medicine. 


But what really is a massage and which type of massage is best for you? 


What is a massage?


A massage is a non-invasive medical procedure that involves the kneading or manipulation of the patient’s soft tissues to stimulate relaxation and healing of pain, stress or anxiety disorder. 


There are various types of massage to choose from based on your medical needs and today, after reading article, you’ll know the types of massage and which one is best for you.


And as a bonus, you’ll become more aware and closer to relaxation. 


Below are the common types of massage you can choose from depending on your needs.


Types of massage


  • Deep tissue massage
  • Hot stone massage
  • Reflexology massage
  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai massage
  • Sports massage
  • Shiatsu massage


Deep tissue massage: Deep tissue massage is a special type of massage delivered into the muscles on a deeper level.


It is aimed to provide relief from pain, aches and knots and general discomfort in the soft tissues of your body.


Hot Stone massage: It is the application of hot basalt stones and selected oils at strategic body parts during a massage. 


The stones are heated in a hot stone warmer to achieve the regulated and desired amount of heat for the therapy. 


Reflexology massage: it is a type of massage that targets the nerve endings (acupoints) such as the feet, hands, face, and ears to work holistically with the patient’s needs to help achieve better health.


Just think about it when someone tickles your underfoot. Feels amazing right? 


A Reflexologist deploys the same method using different ancient Chinese and Eastern traditional techniques to help you enjoy a thrilling relaxation and a boost in your mood and overall health. 


Aromatherapy massage: It is a form of massage that combines the use of essential oils that not only smells good but also has a beneficial effect on your mental health. 


It is aimed to eliminate pain, stress, anxiety, and insomnia.


Swedish massage: it involves actions like percussion, vibration, tapping, kneading and rolling and it is done to energize the body and boost your overall health. 


Thai massage: This is a form of massage that requires the patient to lie on a mat instead of a table and it involves the use of gentle pressure and stretching techniques to help your body to relax. 


Thai massage is aimed to lower stress, boost energy and improve your aesthetic performance 


Sports massage:  This is a special kind of massage for athletes aimed to help prevent injuries, prepare the body for athletic activities, and help facilitate healing when there’s an injury. 


If you’re a sportsman or woman, you’ll benefit maximally from a sports massage. But that does not mean you can not enjoy other forms of massage therapies. 


Last but not the least on our list for today…


Shiatsu massage: It is a Japanese type of massage that focuses on precise finger movements on specific pressure points of the body to encourage emotional and physical calmness, relaxation, pain relief, and many other amazing benefits 


Benefits of a massage


There are numerous health benefits that come with getting a massage whether you’re managing a health condition or you just want to get pampered and relieved from stress.


Below is an unbiased list of the health benefits that comes with getting a massage.


The type of massage therapy you choose will determine which benefits you’ll enjoy. 


  • Reduce muscle tension 
  • Relieve from constant tension headaches
  • Ease symptoms of depression 
  • Decrease stress in cancer patients 
  • Improves quality of sleep 
  • Reduces anxiety 
  • Improves flexibility and mobility in people who can’t exercise
  • Corrects neck pain
  • Improves hormonal balance 
  • Lowers blood pressure 


If you’re in Lagos, why not give us a try at Dr. Seyi MedSpa to receive a mesmerizing pampering that will ring and heal your soul, body and mind to boost your mood and increase your overall productivity?

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