Long hours and good massage…
Is there anything better to wrap up your day having a good massage? You’ve been working all day, some of you in offices, some in stores, and some as stay at home moms (which need massage the most).
It is really beneficial not only for our spine and good body posture, but for our overall physical and mental health as well.
You can’t beat that feeling when your shoulders and back are rubbed with gentle moves un-tightening those stiff muscles feeling the warmth of your blood flow in each tense area of your body…it is simply a DIVINE feeling!
Today,massage offers can be found everywhere, not only in spa facilities. If you’ve never tried massage, now it is time to find out and feel out all health benefits it offers and what to expect during a massage therapy session.
Massage is a general term for pressing and rubbing on your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. It may vary from light to deep pressure one. There are many different types of massage and these are the most common types:
This is a type of gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
This massage technique is using slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s targeted for people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat certain injuries.
Trigger Point Massage
This form of massage is focusing on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or their overuse.
What’s In It For You?
Massage has been part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s being offered as a treatment along with standard treatments for a wide range of medical conditions.
Studies that have researched the benefits of massage show that it is highly effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Other studies found that massage may also be helpful for:
- Sports injuries
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Joint pain
- Insomnia, due to long exposure to stress
- Digestive disorders
Beyond the benefits it offers for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Despite all benefits it offers, massage isn’t a replacement for regular medical care.
Most people benefit from having a good massage, but there are also risks involved. Massage may not be appropriate if you have:
- Burns or healing wounds
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
- Severe thrombocytopenia
- Severe osteoporosis
Discuss your intentions for a massage therapy with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or you have cancer or unexplained pain.
There are forms of massage that can make you a bit sore muscled next day. In general, massage shouldn’t produce any painful or discomfort feelings.
If any part of your massage doesn’t feel good, or you are experiencing pain, you should inform your massage therapist. If you are facing any problems, they might come from too much pressure during massage.
What To Expect?
There aren’t any special preparations for having a massage. Before therapy session starts, your massage therapist should always ask if you have any medical history to get out of massage. It is professional if your massage therapist explain the kind of massage and techniques there will be used.
Before you enter the process you should:
- undress or wear loose-fitting clothing
- undress only to the point that you’re comfortable
- lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet or in sit a chair fully clothed(depends on massage type chosen)
Your massage therapist should evaluate through touch locating all painful or tense areas, and determine how much pressure to apply.
If you prefer, your massage therapist may use oil or lotion for smoother moves upon your skin. If you are allergic to any ingredients involved, tell your therapist before begging of therapy.
A massage session may vary and can last from 15 to 60-90 minutes, depending from the type of massage you have chosen.
But, no matter what kind of massage you have chosen, you should remain feeling calm and relaxed during and after the process.
If you are uncomfortable with hard pushing moves tell your massage therapist and ask for lighter pressure. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spots in a muscle that feels like a knot. If it becomes too painful,tell your therapist to ease with the moves in that certain area of your body.
Where To Look For A Good Massage Therapist
If you don’t know any, ask your doctor or someone else you trust for a recommendation. Always look for someone who is licensed, registered or fulfill all certification requirements.
When you finally decide to look for a massage therapist, don’t hesitate to as questions such as:
- How many massage therapies will you need
- What is their training experience
- Is he/she is licenced, registered or certified
- How much cost will cover your health insurance etc.
Before you decide which massage style is best for you, you need to ask yourself do you want a massage for relaxation or stress control?
Before you book one, let the therapist know what you’re looking for and ask which style will be used. Many of them use more than one style of massage practiced.
Your wishes can be fully customized depending on your age, condition, or any special needs or goals you have.
Pampering and indulging yourself occasionally is good and healthy thing to do. Know that good massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being.
You shouldn’t wait to have any specific health condition to go to a relaxing massage. You can even learn something during these sessions how to do self-massage or how to engage your partner in.
After all, we all deserve a little bit of pampering…don’t you think so?
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