The Swedish massage is a common option provided by most massage therapy centers but what is a Swedish massage? Does the therapist need to be a Swede in order to perform it? Do you need to be a Swede in order to fully embrace its benefits? (more…)Read More
If you are thinking about getting a massage, there are likely some things that you might believe that some people might have told you. Chances are, most negative aspects you might have learned from somebody or somewhere else about massages are not true, and they are totally worth the money being spent. Here are a few myths about massage therapy that we have debunked. (more…)Read More
Having a massage is not just relaxing, it also presents a range of health benefits – especially if done on a consistent basis. Massage enhances blood, and lymphatic circulation calms the nervous systems and helps with pain management including muscle spasms, sciatica, and arthritis.
Although massage is known to have lots of health and physical benefits, we don’t get it as frequently as we should; maybe because of busy schedules or budgetary issues. Unfortunately, getting a massage once in a long cannot deliver the kind of result that one expects. (more…)Read More
If you are looking to find a great massage out there to make your mind and body feel better for the time being, a hot stone massage might just hit the spot. Some people are reluctant in trying this therapy, as the feeling of having some piping hot rocks resting on a person’s back or spine does not do much to intrigue them. But be rest assured, these stones do not burn, but warm and soothe your body. The hot stone massage is rather an enhanced version of another massage, like the deep tissue massage. (more…)Read More
If you are looking to lose weight in a natural and pain-free way, you should consider some body massages. As we are all aware, body massages make us all feel good and help remove harmful toxins throughout the body. Massages can help get rid of stress and make you feel more focused and alert. If you are injured as well, you can consider getting a massage to help the pain and anxiety go away. (more…)Read More
Massage therapy not only feels great, but it is also a healthy way to reward our bodies after long days at work. But sometimes, the busy schedules can make us forget about making massage appointments.
If you are like most people, you probably have been planning for a massage for months, but have not made a point to book in for an appointment. You keep pushing it forward, until when you cannot postpone it any longer. This should not be the case. Massage has incredible benefits for the body, and it also is the best way to appreciate yourself after the hard work. Here are the six signs you need a massage. (more…)Read More
Many people understand the benefits of taking a massage therapy these days than ever before. They know that it can assist in removing the pain and the stress from the body. It can rejuvenate both the body and soul. It can relieve your body from pain and can relax you well.
Some therapies can help you to sleep well while some can help you rejuvenate after a hard and tiring day. Interestingly, you will find so many massage therapy centers these days than ever before. It can get confusing if you do not know which one is the best in the town. (more…)Read More
Without any doubt, massage therapy is one of those treatments that are gaining and growing in popularity in the world. Earlier people use it as an alternative option to treat. Now it is one of the mainstream methods of treatment. Several benefits come to people who take a massage therapy on a regular basis.
It helps significantly in improvising the blood circulation in the body as well as reduces the stress level in it. It is one great way to relax and rejuvenate oneself after a tiring week or a month. The number of people going to a massage therapy center these days is increasing drastically. (more…)Read More
Massage practice has been around for thousands of years. And today, if you need a massage, you can select from more than 80 therapy styles with varying movements, techniques, and pressure.
Massage therapies involve rubbing, manipulating or pressing muscles and other soft tissues with fingers and hands. Occasionally, professionals use feet, elbows, and forearms to enhance the experience. According to a 2007 survey by the American Massage Therapy Association, approximately a quarter of the entire adult population in the country got a minimum of one massage in the previous year for varying reasons. People, especially adults, are realizing the benefits of massage and are embracing them to heal injuries, relieve symptoms, enhance overall wellness and to assist with specific health issues. (more…)Read More
The term massage often refers to a type of pressure and touch therapy thatâs meant to relax the muscles, and to support deeper levels of healing within the human body. Many people seek out massages when they may be in pain, or when theyâre under an extreme amount of stress. In fact, itâs more than a luxury to many peopleâitâs something that they canât go without. It can be considered a type of ongoing therapy that helps to work for any number of different issues. The versatility of the massage coupled with the after effects makes it one of the most popular spa services. There are entire centers dedicated to providing massages, and they rate high with people who are looking for more natural healing methods. Many people report that certain types of massages are also incredibly beneficial for their mental health. There are alternative healing methods that revolve entirely around this, and theyâve been proven to have serious results on several levels. (more…)Read More
Reflexology has been considered an alternative healing method for centuries—although it has been recognized for its potential much longer. Reflexology operates under the knowledge that everything in our body is connected to certain sensitive points. Our entire nervous system can be manipulated from our feet, hands, and other centralized portions of the body. This means that regardless of what’s wrong, the appropriate amount of pressure can help to alleviate the problem. This doesn’t necessarily replace doctors, but it gives them an entirely new arsenal of treatment options. Some people consider reflexology to be nothing more than a creative foot massage—this couldn’t be further from the truth. It requires an extremely detailed understanding of what the person is experiencing, and how it can be reached through the practice of pressure and touch. Many people report excellent results after only one session. This is usually for acute injuries or slight aches and pains. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having frequent maintenance treatments done. This can help you to stay on top of any issues, and to improve your overall health. (more…)Read More
It is that time of year again. The tradition of floundering from store to store, getting holiday gifts for friends and family, and while you do so, you are met with large crowds and lines at every location, while you try to get every gift on your list. If you work in the postal or logistics business, you probably have your share of endless letters and packages that would likely take you all month to manage. Holiday stress is not only a figure of speech; it comes with the preparation of giving and receiving Christmas gifts. (more…)Read More
You might feel it’s “rude” to not speak to the therapist, but your mission is really to get the most possible out of your massage. To get the most out of your massag, it works really well to treat it as “meditation”. First, clear your mind. Then focus on the feelings in each muscle as your therapist is working them. Try to see the feelings in your muscles as colors and make the feelings of the massage the only thing in your mind. You will be blown away how good you will feel and the total relaxation that will follow.
2. Tell the therapist what you need
Your therapist is 100% focused is on making it the best possible massage experience for you. If he/she is really good, they will find your sore spots. However, if you tell about your problems before you start, they will be able to focus on those areas right away, and you’ll get so much more out of the massage. Also, make sure to tell if it’s too light or to deep (hard). Giving the feedback will make sure the massage is exactly what you want.
3. Make sure you’re comfortable
Is the room too cold or too hot? Are you comfortable on the table? This is your time, so speak up. Trying to be polite will make your experience less than great, and you’ll be less likely to come back.
4. Hydrate afterwards
One hour or more of full body massage will push a lot of toxins out of your system. Make sure to drink at least 16oz water within 30 minutes of finishing your massage. This will help your body flush things out and you’ll feel so much better!
5. Maybe some ice?
If your therapist did a lot of deep tissue work at a particular area. Ask them if they recommend icing the area in the evening. Sometimes, that will get you even better results if you have inflamed muscles.Read More
Finding the right massage therapist for you is harder than you might think. At first, when you get a massage it just feels so great and luxurious to receive continues massage for one hour or longer! However, as you have received massage several times, it’s similar to becoming a wine connoisseur. You start to see that different therapist have very different styles, and your job is to figure out who would be the perfect one for you. Here is a short list of techniques and what to expect:
Soft/medium pressure Swedish relaxation massage
Swedish massage is the basic massage style. It follows a certain movement process over each muscle group on your body. The stroking style of Swedish massage should never be painful. Instead, you should pretty much just feel spoiled. Even though it’s mainly relaxing, it will still help your muscles relax and it does wonders for the soul!
Sports, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Massage
Here is where it gets trickier. There is a fine line between when the deep tissue feels like “good pain” and when it doesn’t. Sadly enough, many therapist seems to believe the harder they push, the better it is. If on top of it, they use their elbows, you might actually get seriously hurt. My advice is to not let a therapist go super deep the first time you use them. Then, as they learn to know you and your body, you may allow them to get more intense. However, injury risk of using elbows (also called “Rolfing”) is quite real. I would just tell every therapist that you don’t want that.
Cupping is not really massage, but it can be very effective for healing and pain control. The therapist will put vacuum cups on your pain areas and leave them there for a few minutes. There are good news and bad news… Good news, you’ll feel instant pain reduction and it will usually last several days. The bag news, you’ll be black and blue wherever you had the cups. No more short sleeve clothes for the next week…
Back walk, zone therapy, and/or acupressure
These are all massage techniques borrowed from far eastern medicine. The back walk sounds scary, but it’s actually even less painful than a normal deep tissue massage, because the therapist is able to spread a the pressure over a larger area. Zone therapy works on energy zones around the body all stimulated on your feet. Acupressure is like acupuncture, but using gentle hands instead of painful needles. All these therapies are for you who want to try something different.Read More
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