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Classification of massage

Massage is classified into different types and kinds depending on the purposes, methods and techniques used during the procedure. Here are the main classifications of massage:

  1. By purpose:
    – Therapeutic massage: Used for the treatment and rehabilitation of various diseases and injuries.
    – Relaxation (spa) massage: Aimed at relaxation and stress relief.
    – Sports massage: Helps athletes prepare for and recover from physical exertion.
    – Cosmetic (lymphatic drainage) massage: Used to improve skin condition and fight cellulite.
    – Children’s massage: It is used to improve physical and emotional development of children.
  2. By methods and techniques:
    – Classical massage: Includes different techniques such as stroking, kneading, friction, etc.
    – Swedish massage: A type of classical massage that includes tapping, heat and other techniques.
    – Thai massage: Based on stretching and pressure on specific points of the body.
    – Shiatsu: A form of Japanese massage based on pressure on meridian points.
    – Reflexology: Massage of specific points on the feet, hands and ears to affect the organs and systems of the body.
  3. By site of action:
    – General massage: Affects the entire body.
    – Partial Massage: Targets specific areas of the body such as the back, neck, legs, etc.
  4. By mode of action:
    – Manual massage: Performed by the hands of the masseur.
    – Hydromassage: Performed using water, such as in a Jacuzzi or under a shower.
    – Stone massage: Hot stones are used to massage the body.
  5. By Complementary Remedies:
    – Aromatherapy massage: Includes the use of essential oils to enhance relaxation and well-being.
    – Therapeutic Massage with Apparatus: Massage is performed using specialised massage apparatus.

The type of massage you choose depends on your individual needs and goals, as well as the recommendations of your doctor or masseur.

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