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Comfort Health

Avondowns Court, 7-9 Alma Vale Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2HL

DeepSports

Which Type Of Massage Is Right For You?

There's a massage for everyone. Find out more about each type of massage and find the best one for your body and needs...

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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MASSAGE?

Swedish Massage – One of the most common massage styles which helps to relax the body through stroking, gliding, kneading, rubbing, vibrations and tapping muscles groups around the body. Generally used to soothe muscles and for relaxation this type of massage can be used to reduce tension and stress. 

Deep Tissue Massage – While relaxing, deep tissue massages use a higher pressure level to penetrate deep into muscles fibres. Unlike the Swedish massage the primary benefits are for injury treatment and prevention. This method can be used to treat a range of ailments such as chronic pain and large build ups for tension in the back and shoulders.

Sports Massage – Sports massages are similar to deep tissue massages with an emphasis on aiding the performance of athletes. This can be through the prevention and treatment of injuries and can be carried out systematically both before performing and after physical activity. This is achieved through stretching and compressing muscles. How this is done will vary based on the event which the athlete is preparing to compete in. 

Hot Stone Massage – On the more relaxing end of massages comes hot stone massages. Here volcanic rocks are heated and placed on certain areas of the body. The heat can help relax the muscle fibres more quickly than a regular massage. 

Other massage types include:

  • Thai Massage

  • Aromatherapy Massage

  • Remedial Massage

  • Couples Massage

  • Mobile Massage

  • Shitatsu Massage

  • Chinese Massage

  • Reflexology

  • Pregnancy Massage

WHICH MASSAGE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

If you are new to massages and dont know which type of massage will suit you best then you might want to discuss the best options with a qualified massage therapist. They will be able to help guide you through your choices. 

The main factors will be reason you are looking to have a massage. If it is purely for relaxation for yourself or your partner then a swedish massage or aromatherapy massage (possible as part of a couples massage) may be the best option.  If you have been experiencing pain or discomfort around the body then a firmer massage such as deep tissue or sports massage may be the way to go. Luckily we have some great massage providers to help you find the best massage in Bristol. 

HOW LONG DO MASSAGES LAST?

Generally speaking massages will range from 30 mins to an hour. This depends on the type of massage that is given. However, if you are looking for even more relaxation, a lot of the massage therapists in Bristol offer 90 mins or even 2 hour massages for a complete massage experience. 

DO MASSAGES HURT?

Most massages will not hurt when performed correctly. However, if you are not used to massages then it is perfectly normal to experience a mild discomfort both during the massage and aching muscles in the days after. If you feel the type of massage you have selected is too firm then don’t be afraid to let your therapist know.  It is also important to let your therapist know prior to the massage about any injuries or surgeries you may have had. This way they can tailor your massage to ensure that you both receive the best experience but also don’t have any pain during. 

HOW MUCH DOES A MASSAGE COST IN BRISTOL?

Massages can vary in price based on what type of massage you opt for, how long and where the massage takes place. 

Analysing our data we have found the following averages to give you a rough guide of what to expect from a massage in Bristol. *Please note prices constantly change with new therapists and offers but data is accurate at the time of posting

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SWEDISH MASSAGE?

The main benefits of Swedish Massage on the body include: • Seeing back pain and muscular tension subside • Total relaxation while improving blood and oxygen flow • A boost to immune system function • A reduction in susceptibility to headaches

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SWEDISH AND DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE?

Unlike Deep Tissue or Sports, Swedish Massage uses less pressure with fingertips and hands with no use of forearms and elbows. The emphasis is on relaxation. If you are looking for a treatment to lower your stress levels and soothe pain then this is the massage for you!

DOES A SWEDISH MASSAGE HURT?

This treatment should not be painful but must have a balance between tranquil relaxation and natural pain-blocking reactions (tensing up).

HOW IS A SWEDISH MASSAGE PERFORMED?

During Swedish Massage, the therapist moisturises the skin with massage oil and executes five various massage strokes. These strokes warm up the muscular tissue which releases and breaks up knots and adhesions.

WHAT ARE THE STROKES USED IN SWEDISH MASSAGES?

• Effleurage: soft strokes with the palms, thumbs and fingertips • Petrissage: kneading motions with the thumbs, hands and fingers • Friction: circular compression with the palms of hands, thumbs and fingers • Vibration: oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the whole body • Hacking: light slaps with the side of the hand to help stimulate the muscles and prepare them for activity

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE?

Some of the strokes used in a deep tissue massage will feel a lot like those used in a Swedish massage. However, it is not the case that deep tissue is simply the same techniques applied with stronger pressure. The deep tissue massage techniques are designed to physically break down knots in the muscle and break up scar tissues in the body. These are ares which can cause patients pain if not seen to and may need assistance from a massage in order to heal properly. If unattended these can limit circulation of blood, which in turn can decrease physical performance and healing. They can also cause a lack of mobility and become inflamed, causing the patient to experience discomfort and pain. At the start of the deep tissue massage the therapist will usually warm up the body and prepare the muscles by using lighter pressure. Once this is achieved the therapist will then use specific techniques to treat the needs of the patient. These include 'friction' where pressure is applied across the grain of muscles. This technique is used to release adhesion's and help realign tissue fibres. In addition to this the therapist may use a technique known as 'stripping'. This is focused along the length of the muscle fibres and typically used the elbow, knuckles and thumbs to achieve the right levels of pressure.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE?

The main benefits of a deep tissue massage on the body include: • Reducing lower back pain • Releasing tension around the neck and shoulders • Upper back relief • Relaxing tight muscles in the calf, leg and arms It can also be used to treat a number of other disorders and injuries • Help increase mobility • Improve posture • Sciatica • Tennis elbow • Fibromyalgia • Whiplash • Recovery from trips and falls In addition to these physical changes, some people find a deep tissue massage to be more relaxing than softer massages. This comes down to personal preference and it is worth asking your therapist what level of pressure they estimate they use. As every massage therapist is slightly different you may find a different type of massage suits you better with certain therapists than others.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU GET A DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE?

There is no set number of deep tissue massages which you can have in a certain time period. A regular person can gain benefit from this type of massage on a monthly basis. This will keep your body fresh and relaxed without over doing things. If you are an athlete or involved in high levels of training deep tissue massages can aid recovery and help protect the athlete against injury. High level performers should discuss this with their trainers, coaches and therapists to find the right balance.

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE A DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE?

Because deep tissue massages use large amounts of pressure, we would recommend having only a light meal prior to the massage if needed. The last thing you want when you are trying to relax is to feel uncomfortable while trying to digest a large meal! To gain the most benefit from your massage its best to be as relaxed as possible before starting. Now I know what you are thinking, ‘isnt the massage supposed to do the relaxing?’. Well yes, but having an already relaxed body will ensure you get the most out of the massage. To do this we recommend arriving 10 minutes before your appointment. This will enable you to clear your head and put the phone away to focus on your massage. Unclench your jaw and relax your shoulders. We hold large amounts of tension in these areas without even noticing. You will start to be more consciously relaxed and enjoy your massage all the more!

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER A DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE?

Drink plenty of water – this will help you to recover from the small tears in the muscle fibres which will occur during the massage. It will also help to get rid of any toxins which have built up in your body. Take a shower – having a warm shower after the massage can help relax the body (and clean off any excess oils used!) You may feel sore or stiff after the massage and even into the next couple of days depending how often you have massages. This is completely normal. Try to relax your muscles and avoid tensing up.

HOW MUCH DOES A DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE IN BRISTOL COST?

We analysed the deep tissue massage providers in Bristol and found the following average prices. 30 minute deep tissue massage - £32 60 minute deep tissue massage - £52 The most expensive deep tissue massage in Bristol comes in at £85 for an hour with the lowest end of the scale being just £35 for an hour long. This is excluding any offers and discounts which the therapists may be providing. The average 1 hour deep tissue massage by postcode is listed below: BS1 - £66 BS2 - £50 BS3 - £52.50 BS4 - £40 BS5 - £35 BS6 - £54.25 BS8 - £55

HOW DO YOU GIVE A DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE?

Deep tissue massages are one of the harder types of massage to give so we recommend a trained massage therapist if you are considering having/giving one. However if you are looking to learn then the below video gives a great quick tutorial for beginners.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Vwz6312-ikY