The Benefits of Massage Therapy

Tuesday, April 4 2017 11:32 AM
By Erin Fagan
The Benefits of Massage Therapy

The Benefits of Massage


Whether your goal is relaxation, soothing sore muscles, or stubborn knots, there are many types of massages to fit an individuals need. One of the most traditional types of massage, the Swedish Massage, has a main benefit of relaxation. This technique smooth’s out the muscles and moisturizes the skin with lotion or oil.


When receiving this massage only several massage techniques are used Effleurage, Petrissage, and Tapotement. Effleurage is gliding, long strokes that provide a continuity flow throughout the body. Petrissage lifts the skin gently from the body and is kneaded gently. Tapotement, using the fast and stimulating movements of massage are cupping, hacking, and pincer like movements. The pressure used varies by client, even heavy pressure.


This massage is perfect for those who do not want to hurt during a massage. It is beneficial to those have been receiving massages regularly and want to maintain the relaxation effects.


Other massages, such as Therapeutic Massage incorporate several different types of massages:

Sports Massage - This is catered to each athletes different needs whether before, or after an event. 

Trigger Point Massage – Helps to work out the knots and adhesion in the muscles individually. This is perfect for those stubborn areas, such as the neck, shoulders, and legs where adhesions tend to occur.

Myofascial Massage - Warms up and helps stretch out the fascia that binds the muscles together. This massage is slow and direct.

Prenatal Massage - Expectant mothers are not left out when it comes to relaxing and keeping pain and discomfort to a minimum. Using the side lying technique a new mom can receive a full-body massage.

Hot Stone Massage is perfect for muscles that refuse to relax. The heat from the stones melts away the adhesions and makes the massage benefits greater. These can be added to any massage to increase the healing benefits of your specific massage.


Deep Tissue Massage is not meant to hurt or cause pain. It is meant to work out the adhesions that are located in the belly of the larger muscles. Often times this is asked for in place of a Swedish Massage to receive deeper pressure, this is a common misconception. This is a technique that is used to work deeper in the muscle to break up a difficult and stubborn adhesion.


Kerry Ann Unrein specializes in Neuromuscular Massage and provides an assessment, treatment plan and prevents soft-tissue injuries and provides relief from chronic pain. This is ideal for those with neck, shoulder and any back tension or pain. She will provide a treatment plan and massage schedule for each client based on his or her own individual needs.

To schedule your massages appointment, please call 316-722-1333!

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