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5 Different Types of Massage to Experience

You might be confused with all of the specialized services that massage therapists offer. By having knowledge about the different modalities, you can, as a client, choose a practitioner who really knows what they’re doing.

1.     Deep Tissue

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One of the most common requests my therapists at MassagEric get from new clients is for deep tissue because they can “handle a lot of pressure”. Many massage therapists, both beginner, and veteran, also hold this erroneous view that more pressure = better massage, and that any situation just needs a good pain tolerance and some elbow grease.

My guys at MassagEric give the perfect amount of pressure that your muscles and body need. They use intuitive judgment and perception to understand where your body is currently at and what it can handle.

2.     Thai

Thai Map of Thailand with Cambodia.
It may surprise you to learn that the Thai style of massage originates from Thailand…

Another massage that is rising in popularity is Thai. Here at MassagEric, we are one of the only businesses in the entire Idaho Treasure Valley to do Thai massage, including in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Caldwell Kuna, and Garden City.

Although it might look like an odd form of yoga, a Thai massage is much more with the therapist guiding the client into each of the positions, applying pressure in key areas to maximize relief, and helping the client into positions that they might not otherwise be able to get into unassisted. Thai massages are known for increasing the function of your immune system and helping with headaches, migraines, anxiety, and back pain.

3.     Hot Stone Therapy

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Hot stones are pretty toasty. Watch out.

Hot stone massage probably originated from massage therapists getting bored and seeing what they could use to massage their clients besides their own appendages. A hot stone massage is traditionally believed to increase your appetite, give you better posture, and increase the rate in which your body recovers from injury. Although there is no real evidence to back up those aforementioned claims, a hot stone massage does still increase the benefits of a massage if not also providing an interesting diversion from the norm.

4.     Lymphatic

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These are not massage beds, however, people whom you perform a lymphatic massage on will be familiar with them.

Used in the treatment of lymphedema, a lymphatic massage is used to help drain buildups of fluid after a mastectomy or other surgeries that call for the removal of the lymph nodes. Lymphatic massages have been linked with helping post-op clients with

  • Stress levels.
  • The vitality of their skin
  • Their immune system.

A lymphatic massage does not need to be performed on a client that has no medical need for it.

5.     Sports

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You don’t have to be a depressed robot if you don’t want to be.

Another great massage to beef out your repertoire, sports massages are used before or after events by athletes, professionals, and aspiring amateurs. An advanced form of stretching, sports massage can help reduce the likelihood of injury and help you recover from your sporty exertions. There are ties with sports massages and a better range of motion, a reduction in muscle tension and spasms. Although there are many other claimed benefits to sports massages a good many have no real evidence backing them, so be careful what you advertise to your clients.

Afterward

Trying all of these massages should be a smooth and relaxing process. Feel free to book online with us at www.MassagEric.com to try out all of the above modalities.

Written in Boise, Idaho. We serve the Meridian, Kuna, Eagle, Nampa, and Caldwell districts as well.

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CBD Oil Benefits for Massage

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive derivative of the hemp plant which can provide immense relief to humans and even pets! At my studio and upon request, I integrate CBD oil into my massage for those who have increased inflammation or pain.


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ABOUT CBD

Since 2900 B.C., Marijuana and its key ingredient, Cannabidiol (CBD), has been used to treat pain and inflammation.

Our bodies contain an intricate system called the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in synchronizing a variety of functions including how we sleep, eat, feel pain and respond to sicknesses.

We naturally produce endocannabinoids, neurotransmitters which attach to cannabinoid receptors in our nervous systems. Studies have shown that CBD helps reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.


This may help alleviate joint or muscle pain, reduce inflammation in your skin or tissues and reduce anxiety or depression

How can CBD help me?

I add CBD as oil to my massage cream which I use in sessions upon request.

This may help alleviate joint or muscle pain, reduce inflammation in your skin or tissues and reduce anxiety or depression. You may also purchase some topical balm, oil or bath salts at my studio which contain CBD (and 0% THC) for you or your pet.

If you would like to try out cupping therapy, just text me at (208) 254-1982, book a massage and ask specifically for CBD to be included! I add it free of charge, along with hot stones, reflexology and essential oils (upon request).

– Eric LMT


About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience the massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Cupping Therapy Benefits

Cupping is a therapy that has been used in ancient Egyptian and Chinese cultures for over 3,000 years. The original cupping was done with glass cups and fire which were prone to burning the client. At my studio, I combine massage with the updated, safer method of using a pressure seal to create suction with silicone cups.

Relieve tension and tight muscles, stimulate energy and blood flow and boost the immune system.


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Cupping therapy at my studio

ABOUT CUPPING

Cupping is a therapy in which a clear bell-shaped silicone piece is attached to your skin surface with suction. This creates a negative pressure that separates tissue layers and flushes out fluids that have built up in your body.

There is a great variety of jars, but the commonly used clinically are silicone or glass cups. Generally, the cup is in place for five-ten minutes. The skin underneath can become red or bruised. This is normal and indicates that the cup is working and in a great spot.

FUNCTIONS AND INDICATIONS FOR CUPPING

The cupping method warms and promotes the flow of Qi and blood in your body’s meridians, clear out stagnate blood or lactic acid build-up, as well as diminishing swelling and pain.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the cupping method is used to treat symptoms known as “wind dampness”, which involved pain in the low back, shoulders, and legs. It is also widely thought to help with gastrointestinal disorders such as stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea, along with typical lung diseases such as cough and asthma.

PRECAUTIONS FOR CUPPING

You should not get cupping if you are susceptible to spontaneous bleeding or endless bleeding after trauma.

If you have any skin ulcers, edemas areas with large overlying blood vessels or have a high fever, you should not get cupping. In fact, you should probably go see a doctor.

Pregnant women should not be cupped on their abdominal and sacral regions. The baby does not need this kind of pressure while it’s trying to grow.

POST CUPPING INSTRUCTIONS

After cupping, there normally should be red markings or bruises on the area where the cup was placed. Generally, these marks will disappear several days later. If you had fire cupping, small blisters may occur on the skin due to the heat.

Do not expose this area to hot water if you are taking a shower, etc afterward. Clean the area and do not scratch it if it itches.

That’s all! If you would like to try out cupping therapy, just text me at (208) 254-1982, book a massage and ask specifically for cupping! I include it free of charge, along with hot stones, reflexology and essential oils (upon request).


About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Why Hot Stone Massage Helps Your Body

Hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy that involves the use of smooth, heated stones. The massage therapist places the hot stones on specific points on your body and may also hold the stones while giving the massage. The localized heat and weight of the stones warm and relax muscles, allowing the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure to those areas without causing discomfort.

Why Hot Stone Massage Helps Your Body basalt river stones MassagEric
Basalt River Stones Are Great For A Hot Stone Massage

How Does Hot Stone Massage Differ From Other Types of Massage?

The distinguishing characteristic of hot stone massage is the heated rocks that are used. Basalt stones from river beds are optimal due to their smooth surface and heat retention.

To prep beforehand, the massage therapist will place the stones in a towel warmer or specific stone heater until they are within a comfortable temperature zone, typically between 109 and 125 degrees Fahrenheit. (Stones that are too hot may burn the client.)

Some energy-minded therapists will place stones on meridian points to energetically balance the mind and body.

Benefits

People often describe hot stone massage as extremely comforting and relaxing. The heat is soothing for people who are easily chilled.

The stone’s warmth relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work deeper into the fibrous tissues.

Heated massage alleviates stress and lightens your psyche.

Pain Relief

While all types of massage can help relieve pain caused by tense muscles, stiff joints or injuries, a hot stone massage may provide greater relief due to the intense nature of the massage. Because the hot stones allow the massage therapist to penetrate deeper, you will feel physically better than a Swedish or deep-tissue massage where heat is not added. Let your massage therapist know if the stones are too hot or the pressure is too harsh. Massage should be a “hurts so good”, not an “I want to kill my therapist”.

Improved Circulation

Often, a massage therapist allows the heated stones to rest on trigger points in your body before beginning the actual massage. As the heat from the stones penetrates into your deeper body tissues, your blood vessels open, resulting in improved circulation. Poor circulation leads to fatigue, which tenses the muscles, and a buildup of fluid and lactic acid in the muscles. Increased circulation sends more oxygen to the muscles, which can help aches and pains.

Who Shouldn’t Get a Hot Stone Massage

While hot stone massage is generally considered safe when completed by a trained and licensed massage therapist, it’s not for everyone. Consult your physician if you have a medical condition, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, varicose veins, migraines, cancer, autoimmune disease, or decreased pain sensitivity.

Recent surgery or have open bleeding wounds with weakened or warty skin are also contraindicated for hot stone massage.

Pregnant women and children should avoid hot stone massage.

Summary

Hot stone massage has continued to evolve with humans, and many massage therapists and spas offering their own versions of the popular massage.

Many people find the warmth deeply relaxing and beneficial for the mind, body, and spirit, and you want to make sure that it’s the right type of bodywork for you, especially if you have a health condition or injury.

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Some additional tips:

Health Conditions That Hot Stone Massage May Treat

  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Back pain
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Stress/anxiety
  • Circulatory issues
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.