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Special Massage Courses You Can Take

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Taking massage courses is the first step to becoming a certified massage therapist. Common courses are reflexology, Swedish massage, aromatherapy, and sports massage. These courses are often offered in massage schools and up until now are in high demand in most spas and relaxation centres. But there are some customers who are looking for a different kinds of massage every now and then. So it would be nice for a massage therapist to have the skills to provide a unique type of massage. If you are studying to be a massage therapist, you may want to consider the massages below and take the necessary massage courses so you can be ready to give your customers a unique kind of relaxing experience.

Thai Massage

This type of massage has its roots from the "Land of a Thousand Smiles" which is Thailand. It is said to be a kind of pressure point therapy much like reflexology which aims to cure pains and other body aches especially migraines and even problems with the digestive system. It is widely accepted in hospitals and rehabilitation centres in Thailand so it is a safe type of massage to practice. You may choose to learn this in a school in your own country or go to Thailand directly and learn and be certified from the Thai experts themselves.

Pregnancy and Infant Massage

Pregnant women require some type of massage too. Their bodies have undergone major physical changes and this has put a lot of stress on some body parts so relaxation before giving birth is one of the things they seek. Infants, especially 6 months and older can also be given massages to make their bodies firmer and stronger. Somehow, massages also strengthen their immune systems helping them avoid some diseases. But skilled hands need to handle these types of massages. Both pregnant women and infants are delicate so taking care and being certified in these massage courses is a must.

Stone Therapy

More popularly known as hot stone massage, stone therapy is a type of Swedish massage using heated basalt stones. Sometimes cold stones are also used. The stones are used to transfer heat to the body muscles and tissues to provide relaxation and relief while the therapist still applies gliding strokes on the body.

Deep Tissue Massage

This therapeutic massage technique is focused on realigning painful connective tissues and joints. It addresses certain medical problems like osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle spasms and the like. It is an alternative to sports massage too. It consists of slow strokes with deep pressure which may leave a feeling of discomfort at first to the patient but this disappears after 24 hours.

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