There are tens of different types of massages originating from different areas around the globe. The eight most common styles of massage are: Swedish, hot stone, aromatherapy, deep tissue, sport, trigger point, reflexology and shiatsu.
There are many benefits of massage including: reduced muscle soreness, improved blood circulation, stimulation of the lymphatic system and reduction of cortisol, the stress hormone. However the biggest benefit of massage is typically relaxation. Massaging consists of applying deep pressure to the muscle fibers in your body, forcing them to relax. This stimulation slows your heart rate and calms your breathing. Those two actions trigger a reduction in cortisol, leaving you feeling relaxed and recovered.
Prepare for your massage by ensuring you are clean and comfortable prior to your visit. Also ensure that you drink plenty of water prior to your visit and avoid alcohol, as massage stimulation can lead to dehydration. Arrive ready to relax and communicate with your massage therapist. Also make sure that you pack a comfortable change of clothes for after your appointment.