There are many massage techniques, which the masseur uses interchangeably. Think for example of chopping, kneading and ironing but also of the use of cups.
Which massage techniques are best depends on the purpose of the massage and the knowledge of the masseur.
If you want to have a look at the different techniques read on. To help you further, there are also references to pages with more information about the techniques mentioned. All this to give you an idea how a massage could look like.
What are the differences in the techniques
For example, a relaxation massage has a soft and gentle approach. A sports or connective tissue massage is a bit more intensive and sometimes more painful.
There are also massage techniques that work deeply on the muscles. This is sometimes necessary to reach the lower layer of muscles. Deep tissue massage is an example of this.
The techniques also differ by, for example, the use of oils. With a sports massage you use oil, whereas with a Swedish massage no oil is needed at all.
When using massage oil, the masseur chooses an oil that best matches the client’s needs. An addition of for example lavender to massage oil has a relaxing and soothing effect.
Another difference is the place where you get the massage. Think of a massage table, a mat on the floor or a massage chair. The first two spots are for extended massages. The last one is for a chair massage. I give all my massages on a professional electric massage table.
Determining the right massage techniques
At your first visit you will fill in an intake form. This form contains questions about things that may affect the massage. Think of allergies, operations, medications, etc. . If you are taking medication: bring a list of these.
Each massage starts with a short conversation in which I discuss your wishes and/or complaints. With the information from this conversation I will make a treatment plan which I will discuss with you. If necessary I will give an explanation of the used massage technique(s).
I now begin the massage in a quiet and relaxing environment.
Please note that to achieve a good result the first treatment usually takes one hour.
Overview of the techniques
Below is an overview of massage techniques I use. Each technique is accompanied by a short explanation.
- relaxation massage – a form of massage purely focused on relaxation and tranquility
- hot stone massage – a warm relaxing massage
- Classical massage – a form of massage that works on the muscles but also relaxes them. This form of massage is without oil.
- cupping – A vacuum-based massage that loosens the skin. Since the skin is sometimes tight or stiff, this can sometimes be slightly painful.
- sports massage – massage focusing on accelerated recovery or loosening of the muscles.
- Connective tissue massage – A deep-acting technique that loosens the connective tissue. This makes the skin, muscles and organs function better.
- medical taping – The application of stretchable tape that speeds up recovery by providing continued support to the muscles after the massage.
- slimming massage – an intensive form of massage aimed at reducing the size of your legs, buttocks, back, stomach and arms.
- fibromassage© – a gentle form of massage aimed at improving sleep and reducing fibromyalgia complaints
- Deep tissue massage – a massage technique that works deep on the muscles. With this technique you reach the deeper muscles.
- Headache massage – a massage to relax the muscles of your head. This often relieves headaches and is very relaxing.
- Foot Reflexology – foot reflexology is a relaxing form of massage. This not only massages the foot but also relaxes other points in the body.
- Percussion therapy. By means of percussion, intensive pressure is exerted on the body which accelerates recovery.
Watch out! In order to exclude risks to your health, approval from a doctor is required in some situations. If in doubt, please discuss this.