Aside from feeling ah-mazing, you can reap some major benefits from penciling in a rubdown. The Mayo Clinic backs it up: Massages can be used as part of a treatment plan for sports injuries like inflammation, strains, and joint pain—or even insomnia related to stress, headaches, and anxiety.
There are five types that are especially helpful for serious athletes and weekend warriors alike. These all work to cleanse your lymphatic system of the exhaust from muscle usage and relieve post-workout soreness.
Sports Massage: As the name implies, sports massage is geared toward athletes hoping to prevent or treat injuries. "When the athlete is healed enough, a masseuse works at the border, away from the injury," says Scott Morofsky, a personal trainer specializing in joint replacement rehabilitation and massage therapy. The technique circulates more blood to muscles in need of nutrients and oxygen for repair and breaks up scar tissue to help with mobility.
Swedish Massage: This massage uses long, kneading strokes and deep circular movements to relax muscles—and you. "One full hour of Swedish-style massage is equivalent to approximately 8 hours of rest," Morofsky says.
Deep Tissue Massage: You'll experience slower strokes with added force to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue; this type can help muscle damage from injury and increase your range of motion by breaking up scar tissue as well, says Morofsky.
Trigger Point Massage: A masseuse will press on tight muscle fibers that form from injuries or overuse, prompting nerves to release the muscles, says Morfsky.
Hot Stone Massage: "This is not far removed from acupuncture," Morofsky says. A masseuse will place warm stones on various positions on your body. "It’s all about balancing the energy flow to ignite healing," Morofsky adds. It's not all hype, but this type of massage works better for some more than others.
"A good regimen for getting massages is once a month to once a week, depending on your time and budget," Morofsky recommends. Start slow and try different massage techniques if you're serious about adopting a holistic route of care through spa treatments.
Notable U.S. Spa Week Locations:
Allure Day Spa
2056 South University Drive
Davie, FL 33324
'The Techie' Tension Tamer Massage - 50 Min
Tikkun Holistic Spa
1460 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Korean Body Scrub + Hot Oil Massage with Milk Rinse
2528 Hyperion Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Hot Stone Aroma Massage with Acupressure and Deep Tissue Techniques
KUR Skin Lab
875 3rd Avenue, Suite M-101
New York, NY 10022
Office Relief Therapeutic Massage with Pure Essential Oils and Optional Guided Meditation - 60 Min
Elements Massage – Highpointe (3 locations in Colorado)
6365 East Hampden Avenue, Suite 103
Denver, CO 80222
‘Recovery and Repair’ Includes Deep Tissue or Trigger Point Massage With Complimentary Hot/Cold Pack Gift - 60 Min
Stillwater Spa at Hyatt Regency Newport
1 Goat Island
Newport, RI 02840
Tahitian Body Massage - 50 Min
Origins Thai Spa
925 N Garfield St. Suite E
Arlington, VA 22201
Thai-Euro (Swedish-Style) Massage - 50 Min
The Face & Body Spa
9 South Main Street
Yardley, PA 19067
Tension Melting Massage with Aromatherapy Enhancement - 50 Min
Halina European Day Spa - Round Rock
603 South Mays Street
Round Rock, TX 78664
Spa Package: Organic Massage and Infrared Sauna Treatment with Mint Infused Towel and Detox Herbal Tea
Elements Massage – Central Scottsdale
9343 East Shea Boulevard, Suite 120
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Sports Massage - 60 Min
Terrace Retreat Salon & Day Spa
1400 Plaza Place
Southlake, TX 76092
Aveda Stress-Fix Massage with Custom Aromatherapy