What Kind of Massage Do I Need?


Just like adding a multivitamin to your diet, drinking less caffeine or practicing meditation can improve your overall wellness, the addition of regular massage treatments can offer a variety of solutions to health issues you’re aware of, and even shed light on some that you might not have known you had. If you know where the source of your discomfort is, that’s a step in the right direction towards finding the right path of massage therapy towards reaching your wellness goals.

What is a Medical Massage?
Medical Massage focuses on results – every step of the way. It’s problem solving in its simplest form: assessing the cause of the issue, targeting a problem area and applying pressure to provide the highest quality treatment.

Massage therapy can address a variety of issues, from mobility impairment to chronic stress or pain, sports injuries or sleep problems, even reduce anxiety or depression. Massage works to increase circulation, increase the body’s white blood cell count and stimulate the natural healing process.
We’ve all heard of a Swedish massage – you probably picture the standard white-robe, cucumber-over-the-eyes spa treatment. Swedish massage styles are referred to as the “classic” massage, but there’s more of a technique than most people think. Five styles of long, flowing strokes are combined in every Swedish massage, combining to reduce joint stiffness and pain. Swedish massages have also been shown to improve usage of osteoarthritis patients’ knees after multiple visits.
This type of massage aims to reduce tension in the muscles and increase flexibility. Slower than a Swedish massage, deep tissue massages really work into muscles and the connected tissue. If you are experiencing chronic tension in your limbs or suffering from injury or overuse, this is the best option for you.
Pregnancy doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Prenatal massage is shown to increase levels of energy, strength, flexibility, and overall well-being in expectant mothers. Adding massage therapy to your comprehensive prenatal care can reduce back pain, sciatica and swelling in feet and keep you feeling your best right up until your due date.

After giving birth, the stress that carrying a child puts on your body doesn’t just evaporate - Neck and shoulder strain and back pain are all common problems. You can help speed up the natural recovery process, however, by stepping up to the massage table for both physical and emotional relief. Back pain, a common problem among women (especially after being in labor and caring for a newborn!) doesn’t have to be a constant struggle. A massage therapist’s trained hands can target critical areas and provide much needed relief.
Your lymphatic system works to remove excess fluid and toxins from your body. It’s sensitive to hormonal or environmental imbalances, and events like surgery can block it altogether. Signs your lymphatic system isn’t working properly are bloating, swelling of limbs, acne, puffy eyes, wrinkles and scar-tissue buildup.
You can restore the lymphatic system to balance with a Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage, which clears blockages and can minimize scar tissue.
For more information on what type of massage is right for you, ask an expert at (212) 474-4772.

Kristin Sewell