Massage – Take Care of Your Mental and Physical Health
Feel good. Relax. Treat yourself. There’s no reason to wait for a special occasion to get a massage.
The Y offers three popular types of massage, each involving different pressures, movements, and technologies:
Swedish Massage Pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Swedish massage involves addressing the topmost layers of muscles with soft, long kneading strokes along with light, rhythmic tapping. It can be slow with light pressure, or vigorous with greater pressure, depending on your comfort level and needs. In Swedish massage, muscle tissue is warmed up, releasing tension and gradually breaking up uncomfortable “knots.”
- Therapeutic Massage Beyond relaxation, therapeutic massage can help address injuries or long-term or chronic health issues such as headaches or neck pain. It involves greater pressure and cross-fiber friction against the grain of a muscle, tendon, or ligament. You can get therapeutic deep tissue massage, which can be good for stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Or you can get a therapeutic sports massage that can help address injuries or pain from recurrent muscle use or strain. Sometimes therapeutic massage is prescribed as part of a larger therapy program for treating specific issues.
- Chair Massage Chair massage is performed in a specially designed chair that helps people relax in a seated position. The technique focuses on tension areas of the neck, back, shoulders, arms, and hands. Besides relaxing muscles, chair massages can smooth brain activity, increasing concentration, and providing greater mental clarity.