There are dozens of types of massage therapy and techniques. Knowing what it is and what they do is sometimes confusing. It’s hard to ask for a certain massage type if you don’t know what it is called or even what will be done for you. Here we will try to solve mysteries into the list that can be understood from several types of masses practiced and what they do.
The belief behind Shiatsu and Acupressure is that the body becomes unbalanced because of the clogged energy along the special points called ‘meridian’, which is located along the invisible energy channel throughout the body.
Shiatsu is a Japanese word: “Shi” which means, and “Atsu” which means pressure. Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage based on acupressure. Shiatsu uses rhythmic pressure from 3 to 10 seconds at certain points along the body’s meridian using fingers, hands, elbows, and knees to unblock and stimulate the flow of energy. The oriental-based finger pressure massage system, such as acupressure and Shiatsu who treated the points along the acupressure meridian, aimed to release discomfort and balancing energy.
Sports massage is directed to athletes of all types, from world-class professionals to jogging weekends. This is a special massage form and is usually used before, during, and after athletics. Sports massage can help prevent niggling injuries that often block performance and achievements, whether someone is a athlete or runner once a week.
It is designed to overcome these specific problems and may differ according to the sports played by athletes. Sports massage can be intended to help cure tense muscles and enable healthy to achieve peak performance and maintain it while minimizing the risk of injury.
Sports massage can also include pre-event techniques, post-events and treatments that promote greater resilience and athletic performance, reduce the possibility of injury and reduce recovery time. In addition to feeling good, sports massage reduces heartbeat and blood pressure, improves blood circulation and lymph flow, reduces muscle tension, increases flexibility and reduces pain.
Acupressure has been practiced for more than 5000 years. This is a form of bodywork based on traditional Chinese meridian theory where the point of acupuncture is pressed to stimulate the flow of energy or chi. This technique is based on the same idea as acupuncture. In acupressure, physical pressure is applied at the point of acupuncture by hand, elbows or with various devices.
The therapist applies pressure on small contraction knots, reducing pressure. Acupressure stimulates these points to eliminate blockages, to increase energy flow and to promote health and harmony in the body. Shiatsu is a form of acupressure and zhi yes the best known is a form of Chinese massage based on acupressure.
Reflectionology is an acupressure type technique done on the hands and feet. This is a form of bodywork based on zone therapy theory, where the specific points of the body are pressed to stimulate the appropriate area in other parts of the body. Reflexology is a scientific foot massage based on the principal that the foot is a “mini map” of the body, and that every part of the body and organs is in accordance with the leg area.