Massage therapists have many tools at their disposal to accomplish improvement in muscle tone and pain relief. Sometimes they will vary pressure, vary strokes used, and change the speed used during the massage session.
Typical strokes used include the following types:
- Effleurage – typically the introductory stoke used, it is soothing and allows you to adjust to being touched, and to end the massage therapy session on a soft note.
- Petrisage – after the massage warm up, the therapist may begin using this stroke to work deeper into the tissues, using broad sweeps of large muscles with the fingertips and palms to soften the tougher muscles.
- Tapotement, including hacking, tapping, cupping and beating. This is done rapidly with both hands alternately, palms or fingertips, and is intended to stimulate the nervous system, soften hardened muscles, and quickly bring blood to the skin surface. It quickly warms up the tissues and moves fluids out, allowing for fresh, oxygenated blood to move into the area.
- Acupressure or trigger point massage – after a warm up massage, you might need more targeted, sustained pressure applied to certain points, often referred to as “knots” or specific sources of pain in tissues.
As massage therapy grows in its power as a source of pain relief and gains respect, more studies support use of massage techniques described above. At Hired Hands Massage in Las Vegas, NV we offer experienced massage therapists who know how to apply many different massage types, and we work with each client to bring about a positive result from each massage appointment. Just place yourself in our capable hands. With decades of experience, you can’t go wrong!
How long should a massage be? It takes an hour or more to do a whole body massage. If you have never had a professional massage session, you owe it to yourself to try an hour so you can become aware of the sensations your body is holding.