What are the different types of massages?
A massage is a gentle form of physical therapy that involves applying pressure on specific areas of your body to relieve pain or promote healing. There are many forms of massage, but there are three main categories: hot, cold and watery.
The most common type is called “hot” because it uses heat to stimulate certain muscles and tendons. Other types include “cold,” which use cold temperatures; “watery,” which use warm water; and “a combination of both.”
Hot Stone Massage
In hot stone massage, you apply heat directly to specific points on your body. You may have heard of this type before when a doctor or therapist applies heat to your skin while they work with you. The purpose is to help reduce inflammation and speed up healing time.
You can do hot stone massage anywhere, anytime. If you’re feeling stressed out or anxious, you might want to try this technique first. It’s a great way to relax and focus on something else.
Just remember not to overdo it! Too much heat can cause burns if applied incorrectly.
You will need:
-A pair of smooth, flat stones that produce a lot of heat when placed directly on your skin. (Some examples are river rocks, hot coals or wood.)
-A towel or cloth to keep your hands from burning
Using your towel, pick up one of the stones. Bring it close to the area you want to massage. Toss the stone in the air and catch it with the cloth in between your hands.
Keep doing this for about a minute, until you see the stone starting to glow.
How to apply heat without burning yourself:
-If you’re using wood, start by lighting one side of the block of wood on fire. Wait until it starts to burn on one side before applying it to your skin. This way, you don’t burn yourself!
-For hot coals, use the same technique as above.
-If you’re using stones, make sure you toss and catch them a few times before applying heat directly to your skin.
Aromatherapy is a type of massage that uses scented oils to improve your mood and promote well being. Aromatherapists use these oils to improve their clients’ moods and help them relieve stress. These oils have different scents and can be smelled with the nose.
There are many types of oils used during massage. Aromatherapists use single oils or mix them together to create a unique scent. Some popular blends include floral, minty, piney, woody and herb-like scents.
You can try using oils at home by picking up one or two different scents from your local market. Look for oils labeled as “essential oils.” (These are sometimes called “aromatherapy oils,” too.)
Before you apply any oils, remember to test a drop on your wrist to make sure that it doesn’t irritate your skin. If you notice any redness or feel any pain, discontinue use immediately.
Aromatherapy oils are typically applied to the skin using a technique called “draping.” To do this, you’ll need to undress from the waist up. Drape a washcloth or towel around your neck to prevent the oil from staining your clothing.
Next, apply 5-10 drops of your chosen oil directly to your skin. Using long strokes, apply the oil from your neck down to your belt. Wait about a minute before getting dressed.
Some people find that adding two to four drops of oil to bathwater can have the same soothing effects as a massage. You could also mix a few drops with your lotion for a similar effect.
Tip: Be sure to shake the bottle before each use. Oil tends to separate from water-based solutions over time, so you’ll need to mix it up before applying it to your skin.
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