When most people think about getting a massage, they envision a relaxing Swedish massage. However, there are many types of massages you can try. Certain types of massage can be used to treat specific areas of your body.
An ashiatsu massage involves both the massage therapist’s hands and feet. Your massage therapist will “walk” on your back. They will use an overhead bar and the table to balance their weight. This type of massage is great for targeting your large muscle groups. Your therapist can use their heels and toes for detailed work, and their entire foot in order to apply broad, deep pressure. This type of massage can stimulate your body’s own self-healing capabilities and put you in a state of deep relaxation. Generally, after the foot work, your therapist will use their hands to massage your small muscle groups around your head and shoulders.
Your canio-sacral system includes the bones in both your head and your spine. It also includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that protects and surrounds both your brain and spinal column. It is easy for your cranio-sacrel system to get out of balance. When your cranio-sacrel system is out of balance, you may experience migraines, chronic fatigue, jaw problems and even uncontrollable emotions. In order to restore and balance your cranio-sacral system, your massage therapist will focus on your neck, shoulders and head. They will cradle these areas, and manipulate the flow of your cerebrospinal fluid. They may even make tiny adjustments to the position of your bones. All of this will help your body heal and become balanced again.
Your lymphatic system absorbs fluids, toxins, waste material and foreign substances from your tissues. Your lymph nodes then filter and purify all of this material. Sometimes our lymphatic system can become sluggish, which can make you feel tired and makes your body more susceptible to illness. A lymphatic massage focuses on stimulating your lymphatic system. This allows your body to work more efficiently and boosts your immune system. This is a great massage to get if you have been feeling under the weather lately.
Ashiatsu massage is great for relieving tight muscles, craniosacrel massage is great for treating your canio-sacrel system, and lymphatic massage can be used to boost your immune system. Be sure to discuss with your massage therapist denver what type of specialized massage would work best for you.