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Types of massage: 11 rubdowns you need to try

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Do you know all the different types of massage? Massage is one of the most widely used techniques in the world to relieve muscle tension and pain associated with injuries, poor posture or the aftermath of accidents of all kinds. Depending on your discomfort, different types of massage may work best — always under the supervision and advice of a doctor, of course. Discover 11 techniques you need to try!

Swedish massage

Surely you have heard of a technique known as Swedish massage. Created in the 19th century, this is attributed to the Dutch doctor Johann George Mezger and the Swedish educater Pehr Henrik Ling. This type of massage consists of long circular movements that aim to increase circulation in the tense areas to achieve deeper relaxation.

Deep tissue massage

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Deep tissue massages target muscles. That is why is one of the most popular types of massage for athletes to relieve tension and stress on the muscles after strenuous activity. In addition to athletes, the people who most rely on this technique are those who work for long hours in an uncomfortable position and, as a result, suffer from stiff necks, shoulders and arms.

Prenatal massage

Pregnant people can benefit from a prenatal massage, especially if they suffer from insomnia or drastic mood swings that affect their daily activities. Another added benefit of prenatal massage is the relief for swollen feet and legs. However, before making an appointment for this massage, it is necessary to consult with your OBGyn.

Types of massage: Thai

Woman in a massage

Have you heard about Thai massage? This technique is one of the most popular in the world. Its goal is to establish a balance between the physical, mental and spiritual health. One of its main benefits is improving flexibility, the elimination of back pain, the release of muscle tension and relief in mild cases of migraines.

Hot stone massage

Hot stone massage, which is extremely popular, is used to relieve pain and muscle tension in specific points of the body. According to experts, hot stone massage can have greater effects than, for example, a Swedish massage, since it contributes to the relaxation and muscle release.


a person in massage

Poor posture can lead to chronic pain in various parts of the body, which is why the type of massage known as Rolfing is useful for applying pressure, especially to the upper body. Rolfing is a massage that applies different degrees of pressure to the hands and elbows to ensure that you improve posture and reduce muscle knots and muscle pain.


The Shiatsu massage technique uses the application finger pressure to specific points on the body. It is commonly accompanied by acupuncture therapy to release muscle tension. This type of massage offers benefits such as reduction of migraines, energy balance, relief of symptoms of arthritis, relief from menstrual cramps, anxiety, constipation and depression, among others.



Reflexology is a technique that focuses on massaging strategic points of the feet and hands, with the aim of applying pressure to improve the functioning of different areas of the body. This type of massage is based on the belief that there is a connection between the upper extremities and the body. Its benefits include the reduction of symptoms associated with digestion, headaches and arthritis.

Myofascial release

Myofascial release therapy can be done in two ways: active and passive. The first consists of a release therapy in which instruments such as foam rollers are used. For its part, the passive technique is one that serves as an aid in trigger point massage therapies, and is implemented when the muscles are in total relaxation.



Many athletes have used cupping therapy to relieve muscular tension derived from strenuous physical activities. However, science has not yet been able to define exactly what the benefits of this technique are. It is believed to be one of the oldest, since its origin dates back to 3000 BC, when it began to be used to relieve pain and improve blood circulation in patients.

Trigger points

This therapy is commonly confused with that of deep tissue release, but it was not until 2007 that the scientific foundations were laid to use it strategically. This therapy deactivates trigger points (which can be found by MRI) to eliminate muscle pain and stiffness, and even help relieve headaches.

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