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How do you decide which massage style is best?

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Before you can decide which massage style is best for you, you need to ask yourself a question: Do you simply want a massage for relaxation and stress control? Or do you need symptom relief or help with a certain health condition?

When you book an appointment, let the therapist know what you're looking for. Many therapists use more than one style. Or they may customize your massage, depending on your age, condition, or any special needs or goals you have.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Massage Therapy as CAM."

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Massage Therapists."

American Massage Therapy Association: "2008 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet;" "Choosing a Type of Massage;" "Glossary of Massage Terms;" and "Massage and Serious Health Conditions."

Washington State University: "UREC Massage Styles."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2018

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Massage Therapy as CAM."

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Massage Therapists."

American Massage Therapy Association: "2008 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet;" "Choosing a Type of Massage;" "Glossary of Massage Terms;" and "Massage and Serious Health Conditions."

Washington State University: "UREC Massage Styles."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2018

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