Did you know that Rizzieri School of Healing Arts offers very affordable massages starting from $35 – $45 for our Elemental Nature Massage. While that’s an incredible value, you might be asking “What type of massage is right for me?”. You are not alone. There is a great article that we saw on Natural Health Magazine, that helps you identify which massage might be right for you.
Therapeutic or relaxing? Until recently, those were your only options when choosing a massage off the spa menu. These days, you need a whole new vocabulary to find a treatment you’ll really love. “Swedish massage—or variations on it-used to be the standard,” says Anne Williams, L.M.P, C.H.T., a Colorado-based licensed massage practitioner, clinical hypnotherapist, registered counselor and massage textbook author. “Now you see everything and anything on spa menus: shiatsu, lomi lomi, abhyanga. If you’re a massage connoisseur, that’s a great thing because you don’t have to travel the globe to get these services.” But if you’re a bodywork newbie, making a selection can be overwhelming. Here’s a guide to help you make your way onto the padded table that’s right for you:
Swedish Recent studies have found Swedish massage (characterized by moderate pressure and long strokes that run along the grain of the muscle) to be not only relaxing, but also deeply healing. “We’ve been able to demonstrate that it helps with depression, pain syndromes, immune problems, diabetes, cancer and even HIV,” says Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of the Touch Research Institute at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The key to this kind of healing effect? Stress reduction, Field says.
Choose it if you’re chronically wound up and need full-body relaxation, or just want to feel deliciously pampered. If you’re a beginner, start here, says Williams.
Deep-tissue A results-oriented massage, deep-tissue work incorporates penetrating kneading techniques, cross-grain strokes and trigger-point releases. “Deep-tissue massage really gets into the belly of the muscle and addresses the muscle attachments,” says Charlotte Prescott, director of spa and fitness for Canyon Ranch Miami Beach in Florida. “Some people find it painful, but it’s very therapeutic.”
Choose it if you have areas of chronic tension or muscular injuries.