The Hidden Benefits of Massage
A soothing Massage can help you relax and unwind…ahhh 🙂
Do you know the potential benefits massage can provide to your health?
In days gone by…Massage was considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. Massage may be an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Massage therapy is being offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals and even airports.
There are many different types of massage styles, how can you tell which will actually help you? To help you decide you’ll need to ask yourself a question. Do you want a massage for relaxation and stress reduction or do you need symptom relief from a health condition? Before making an appointment, tell the massage therapist what you’re looking for. Many therapists use more than one style or may customize your massage, depending on your age, condition, or any special needs or goals you have.
Swedish Massage: The most common type of massage is a Swedish Massage. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes. Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing.
Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue massage is best for targeting certain painful, stiff parts of your body. It uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic in relieving chronic tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.
Sports Massage: This is similar to Swedish Massage, but geared toward people involved in sports activities to treat injuries and promote flexibility to prevent new injuries.
Hot Stone Massage: Warmed Stones are placed on certain areas of the body. The stones may be used as massage tools or be temporarily left in place. Used along with other massage techniques, hot stones can be quite soothing and relaxing as they transmit heat deep into the body.
Massage offers benefits beyond simple relaxation and soothing aches and pains. Studies have shown massage provides a boost to your immune system. It also encourages lymphatic drainage ..,flushing out toxins from your cells and increases blood flow.
Just like muscle and back pain, headaches can also be alleviated with a massage. Regular massages can reduce the number and intensity of a person’s migraines. The stress and pain of a pounding tension headache can even be curbed with a massage.
Massage can be particularly helpful if you are undergoing treatment for a serious illness like Cancer. Numerous studies have shown that massage can relieve fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression and nausea. Contact your healthcare professional before scheduling an appointment 😉
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