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In Season: Getting the Right Massage

In Season

Getting the Right Massage

Has the close of summer and the onset of shorter days left you in need of some extra rest and relaxation? Experiencing muscle soreness after weeks spent prepping for a fall race or other event? Find out how the right massage can help to relieve stress and loosen tight muscles.

Some of you, when picturing massage, might first think of candlelit rooms, soft music and the pampering experience of having someone loosen your stressed, tight muscles for an hour. And massage therapy is extremely effective at helping you relieve stress. There are, however, myriad techniques and modalities available that can be useful in a variety of situations, including helping your body after injury and aiding you in preventing injury. 

Here are three basic types of massage and what they offer:

SWEDISH MASSAGE is the most common type of massage requested, and can be used when you’re looking for relaxation and stress relief.

DEEP TISSUE can help with muscle damage from an injury, such as whiplash or back strain.

SPORTS MASSAGE is ideal for athletes who are looking for ways to help prevent injury by keeping the body flexible. If you have questions about what modalities might work best for your goals for massage therapy, ask your massage therapist for an explanation of the modalities they offer.

To find qualified AMTA massage therapists near you and to learn more about how to get the most out of your next massage session, visit AMTA's Find a Massage Therapist® national locator service.

Source: Parts of this article were excerpted from the mtj® (Massage Therapy Journal®) Summer 2010 "Living Well" article. Subscribe to read the entire article.

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