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By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer
Types of Massage:
There are a variety of
massages and techniques offered today, although most
therapists focus mainly on only one or two types.
Some of the most common are:
Swedish Massage -
the most commonly practiced form of Western massage.
It combines light stroking in one direction with
deep pressure in another direction. This technique
includes kneading, tapping, long strokes and
circular pressure. It mainly loosens the muscles and
eases aches and pains for the purpose of relaxation,
rehabilitation and health support.
Massage - helpful for chronic aches and pains
because the focus is on the inner muscles and
connective tissues. This uses slower strokes and
more direct pressure.
LaStone Massage - a deeply
relaxing treatment using smooth, warmed basalt
stones and cooled marble stones.
Shiatsu - an old
oriental therapy that treats points along the
acupressure meridians and aims to release discomfort
and rebalance energy.
Reiki - a gentle but
powerful Japanese energy healing technique for
stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes
Trigger Point Massage - applies
direct finger pressure to painful, irritated areas
of the muscle to release tensions and break cycles
of spasms and pain.
Reflexology - massage of the
feet, hands or ears by pressing points to stimulate
corresponding areas of the body that are linked to
Rolfing - a massage that focuses on
the connective tissues.
Craniosacrial Massage - a
light touch manipulation of the head and bottom of
the spine that helps restore movement of the fluid
in the spinal cord. This technique can be helpful in
treating headaches, jaw problems, and back pain.
Cost of Massage:
Massage therapy ranges from
$40-$100 per hour depending on the type of massage
and the expertise of the therapist. Half-hour
sessions are also offered at most massage clinics.
In recent years, some insurance companies have added
massage therapy to the list of covered medical
procedures, especially if prescribed by a physician
following a car accident or job-related injury. The
best recommendation is to check with your insurance
company for coverage prior to making an appointment.
Choosing to invest in massage may be the best
dollars caregivers spend to increase their capacity
to provide care in the future. Family members can
also support the caregiver by offering a gift of