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Massage Benefits: Healthy Reasons To Make An Appointment Today

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Intro

A massage therapy has several health benefits. The health benefits of a massage therapy are being delivered in a safe and natural method. Having a massage therapy has no harmful effects. That is why it is becoming more and more popular to many people around the world. Massage therapy has different types and each type can give you some health benefits.

Below is the list of the different types of massage therapy that you can try along with the benefits that you can acquire from these types of massage therapy.

Deep tissue massage

The deep tissue massage is especially designed to relieve the severe tension that your body has. The severe tension in your muscles and tissues can be greatly reduced by the deep tissue massage. The deep tissue massage focuses on the muscles that are located below the surface of your top muscles. Consistent body pain due to rigorous physical activities can be treated by this type of massage therapy. After taking a deep tissue massage, you will surely regain your strength and be able to work efficiently. 

Swedish massage

The Swedish massage is the type of massage therapy that makes use of long and flowing strokes. Petrissage, effleurage, tapotement, shaking and friction are the five fundamental strokes used in Swedish massage. A lot of individuals like the Swedish massage because it is very effective in reducing joint stiffness, pain, osteoarthritis and many other bone-related problems. Also, people who have poor circulation reported that their blood circulation greatly improved after trying the Swedish massage.

Sports massage

Sports massage is a form of Swedish massage. The sports massage is designed for athletes. Athletes prefer sports massage than any other types of massage because sports massage can increase the lymphatic and blood fluid flow, decrease the pain they get from training and increase the capacity of their body motion. The sports massage actually has four types. These types include the pre-event massage, post-even massage, restorative massage and the rehabilitative massage. Each type of sports massage should be received by an athlete depending on a particular situation.

Tantric massage

Tantric massage is the most famous type of massage therapy among couples. Complete relaxation can be gotten by couples after trying the tantric massage. Aside from relieving body stress and pain, tantric massage can also cure some diseases. One of these diseases the premature ejaculation of men. Problems related with fertility and blood circulation can be solved by the tantric massage as well. 

Trigger point massage

The trigger point massage targets the trigger points in our bodies. These trigger points are said to be the hyper-irritable spots in our skeletal muscles that can be associated with the palpable nodules in our muscle fibers. The trigger point massage can treat the muscle spasms that a lot of office workers complain about. Also, the blood circulation can be improved through the trigger point massage. 

Conclusion

Indeed, massage therapy is now seen as a crucial part in curing diseases. In fact, a lot of doctors are now advising their patients to have massage therapy sessions at least once a month. The health benefits of massage therapy are now being revealed to the world. So it is not really surprising to know that many are now going to places offering massage therapy. So get a massage therapy now and gain all its health benefits.

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Treating Different Medical Conditions with Massage Therapy

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Many studies have pointed out the health benefits that come with a good massage. But as you may have noted, there are many types of massage therapies that are offered on the service menu, all treating different kinds of health conditions. Let us break it down to various medical conditions and the appropriate massage techniques that they heal respectively.

Lower Back Pain- Neuromuscular Therapy

People suffering from chronic lower back pain can find enduring results by having a good massage by professional therapist. According to research conducted by the Center for Health Studies and A Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, it was determined that specific components of neuromuscular massage therapy contribute a bigger percentage to easing lower back pain. What’s more, a study that was published in the Annal of Internal Medicine proved the idea that this therapy offers better results than other medical treatments such as spinal modification.

Muscle Pain/Soreness- Trigger Point Massage

This type of massage focuses on specific areas or muscles of the body, and works to relieve muscle pain and soreness. In this technique the exact problem is identified and the therapist coaxes it with deep pressure to make it relax. According to WebMD, a trigger point is basically a tight area within muscles that may cause pain in a part of the body. This technique releases the constricted areas thus alleviating the pain with just a single treatment.

Stiffness- Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage focuses on applying pressure onto specific muscle points, but unlike trigger point massage, it feels more like one is pushing into all your knotted muscles, leaving you feeling sore. According to Moyer Wellness, therapists use ankles and elbows to relive stiffness on muscle tissue. This type of massage is ideal for athletes as well as those looking for physical therapy to help them in breaking down process of scar tissue. 

Premature Ejaculation - Tantric Massage

PE is a condition affecting males of all ages. It tends to occur due to lack of neurological response to the pelvic muscles, or physiological complications. Tantric massage has been proven to offer good results when it comes to getting rid of PE. According to studies, this therapy focuses on relaxing muscles surrounding the perineum and lingam, and calming the nerves. It is recommended that one completes several sessions to maximize the results.

Anxiety- Shiatsu Massage

A research conducted by University of Miami School of Medicine showed that cortisol, a stress hormone, was reduced significantly after participants had Shiatsu massage. This technique originated from Japan and involves applying finger pressure to different areas of the body. The idea is basically to fix imbalances of energy flow. This massage can also help you in treating ailments such as back pain and headache.

According to various studies, there’s really no doubt what massage therapy can offer people, when it comes to their health and well-being. Different types of massage can help treat medical conditions such as anxiety, PE, stiffness, muscle pain, and lower back pain. If you are looking to relax your muscles and stay stress-free, then it would be wise you consider having various types of massage from time to time.

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Taking Care of Your Health and Wellbeing - Massage Therapy

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Massage therapy has been practiced for thousands of years, and today you will be able to choose from over 80 different styles and forms of treatment. Each form of massage implements a variety of different movements, techniques and pressures which includes rubbing, pressing and manipulating muscles with the fingers and hands. The 2007 American Massage Therapy Association reported that almost one quarter of American adults attended massage therapy sessions in 2006, perhaps for many different reasons. More people are beginning to realize the great health benefits of a massage, and many of them are using massage to heal injuries, medical conditions and promote overall health. 

Styles of Massage Therapy

Swedish Massage
This is the most common form of massage therapy and it involves long, soft strokes along with rhythmic, light tapping strokes on the top layer of muscles. When combined with joint movement, this treatment will relieve muscle tension, energize the patient and even reduce pain after an injury. Swedish massage therapy implements four main massage techniques, which are effleurage, petrissage, friction and tapotement.

Deep Tissue Massage
A deep tissue massage will give attention to specific, painful areas of your body. The therapist will use slow, deliberate movements while applying pressure on muscle layers, tendons and other deep tissues. This form of massage will relieve chronic pains and tensions while alleviating muscle injuries and back pains. 

Thai Massage
This form of massage implements a variety of different techniques, and the therapist will use their body to move the patient into a number of therapeutic positions. It is great for compressing muscles, improving joint mobilization and applying acupressure. 

Tantric Massage
This popular form of massage uses inner energies to bring patients to higher levels of consciousness. A professional tantric massage therapist uses sensual and light touches to awaken dormant energies throughout the body. A tantric massage will help improve your sense of well being while decreasing symptoms of depression and promoting happiness. This is perhaps the most relaxing form of treatment.


Hot Stone Massage
During this relaxing massage, a therapist will place warm stones on different bodily areas, such as pressure points. The stones are used with a variety of massage techniques, and they can be soothing and relaxing while directing heat deep into the body.

Pregnancy Massage
A pregnancy massage will help women who are experiencing significant bodily changes as a result of pregnancy. It decreases stress levels, swelling in limbs and alleviates muscle pain. The therapist uses therapeutic pillows to make the patient comfortable, and then implements a variety of techniques to provide relief during a time when certain medications may be limited.



Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Back Pains
Many studies have shown the effectiveness of massage therapy for back pains. In fact, a 2003 study discovered that a massage works significantly better than acupuncture or spinal exercises for chronic back pain, and massage reduces the need for prescription drugs by 36%.

Headaches
Massage therapy relaxes the entire body and provides relief from migraines while improving sleep. Studies have proven that massage can reduce the tension of headaches.

Osteoarthritis 
Practitioners have studied the effectiveness of massage on osteoarthritis, and patients experienced a great improvement in control, stiffness and pain after receiving Swedish massage therapy twice a week.

Cancer
While cancer is not curable, massage therapy can help promote relaxation and even reduce side effects from cancer treatment. It can also help reduce depression, pain, swelling and nausea while improving the immune system.

Anxiety
Over 12 twelve studies have shown that massage relieves anxiety and depression symptoms. It can help lower cortisol levels by 50% while increasing the levels of neurotransmitters that diminish depression. A study conducted in 1996 by Shulman, K.R. & Jones, G.E. reported that massage is beneficial to people suffering from depression.

A study conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago also reported that massage therapy improves blood flow and circulation, and massage is a great choice for people who do not exercise regularly. 

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Learn more about the different types of massage

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A properly done massage can be of great benefit to you especially in rejuvenating your body. Massages have many proven health benefits including lowering blood pressure and pain management. Additionally, they can help relax the nerves and improve intimacy between partners. There are different types of massage techniques which utilize different styles based on your preference. Massage therapy has been used since ancient times to treat different health conditions and promote overall wellness. You can choose from over 80 different massage styles based on what you want to achieve. Below are 5 of the most popular techniques and their benefits:

1. Swedish massage

This is one of the most popular massage techniques today. It involves the use of long, flowing strokes which are done on the back heading towards the heart direction. A masseuse will also use kneading strokes and deep circular movements to bring a deep feeling of relaxation. Swedish massage has been used as a complementary form of medicine and helps improve health and bring pleasure.

Benefits of Swedish massage:  The massage helps improve blood circulation, reduce stress and pain management for athletes and people with arthritis among others. According to numerous research statistics by Dr. Tiffany Field, a director of TRI in University of Miami, massage not only helps you feel good but also changes your whole physiology thus making it effective medicinally.

2. Reflexology

This is an ancient Chinese massage that targets the hands and feet. Its premise is that there is a connection between these two points and internal organs and pressure is applied on the two to help release any blockage that results in organ distress. The massage is also intended to help improve energy flow between the two points and internal organs. At some point, a therapist will use special tools to help apply pressure more strongly and this could be painful especially in the beginning.

Benefits of reflexology: Reflexology massage helps remove any blockage thus enhancing toxin release from the body. It also helps in pain management, increases blood flow, helps in post-operation recovery and creates relaxation. Studies by National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute have shown that reflexology helps in cancer palliation and also helps reduce psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety.

3. Tantric massage

Tantric massage has tremendously grown in popularity. It is suitable for people (especially couples) who intend to reawaken their senses. The whole body massage encourages physical and emotional healing and includes moving a gentle movement of fingertips across the back to help stimulate a sense of intimacy.According to Hong Kong massage specialists, this massage can help open up the deepest sensory excitement helping the body reach the crescendo of relaxation.

Benefits of tantric massage: The massage can help eliminate stress in the body, build a sense of intimacy, deepen relaxation, release tension, improve mental clarity and balance energy among other things. According to research conducted at Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital, London, Tantric massage was found to provide holistic effects to over 107 participants.

4. Thai massage

This massage involves yoga-like stretches. Your therapist will pull different parts of your body in different directions to help relax joints and muscles. This includes pulling the ears, toes, fingers, walking on your back and cracking your knuckles.

Benefits of Thai massage: It helps manage cases of muscle ache, loosen joints, improve flexibility and enhance energy levels in the body. Thai massage is suitable for overall wellbeing.

5. Deep tissue massage

This massage targets the fascia and deep layers of body muscles. During the massage, a therapist will use deep finger pressure together with slow but firm strokes to exert pressure on the target parts of the body. It is normally used as an alternative treatment for different physical ailments and is normally considered to be very effective.

Benefits of deep tissue massage:  Helps relieve tension from the deeper muscle layers, relieve stress caused by injuries, repetitive motions and misalignment. It is used to effectively release toxins from the body, improve blood circulation and relieve emotional stress.

Although there many different types of massage techniques, it is good to know that, they do not have equal benefits and therefore you should choose the style that best suits your needs. You should communicate with your therapist before the massage sessions to see which specific style will give you the desired benefits

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Learn more about the benefits of massage

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Most people understand massage therapy as beneficial in soothing aches and reducing pain in muscles. However, what many don’t know is that various types of massage therapy extend beyond just soothing pains and aches. Latest research indicates that massage actually does help in several medical conditions. A study conducted in the US showed that only 10 minutes of this therapy reduced inflammation and helped many patients to recover from some common illnesses. Let us look at some surprising benefits that massage may have in store for you.

Reduces stress by managing depression and anxiety

It’s true that a rubdown can be the secret remedy to your stress. For a long time now, massage has been used to soothe depression and anxiety. It reduces the levels of a stress hormone known as cortisol, which results in lifted spirits as well as decreased blood pressure. It also boosts dopamine and neurotransmitters serotonin, which also play a big role in depression.(For more tips how to manage stress, check out this article from Health Tzars, written by Shruti Gaddam).

Eases pain in fatigued and injured muscles

According to a study conducted in the US by Dan Cherkin, PH.D., lead author of the study, 8 out of 10 Americans often experience debilitating back pain. He went ahead to prove that massage helped many people experiencing this pain to function and feel better compared to those who didn’t receive the treatment. It was agreed that this therapy leads to decreased stiffness and pain in muscles, especially to people suffering from osteoarthritis.

Improves sleep

Anyone who has ever been on massage table doesn’t need to be convinced that massage actually promotes healthy sleep. Numerous studies have examined this link and established that this therapy has an effect on delta waves, a kind of brain waves that is connected to deep sleep.

Boosts the body’s immunity

In 2011, researchers found that massage had a significantly big effect as far as boosting one’s immunity is concerned. It showed that the disease-fighting white blood cells of a person are increased to a considerable level. It therefore promotes healthy living and helps one keep common illnesses at bay.

Raises alertness

You won’t believe it but massage has been seen to increase a person’s brain power. This is according to a study conducted by Touch Research Institute (TRI). A number of adults who were given about 15 minutes chair massage completed a series of mathematics questions more accurately and faster.

Curbs headache pains

Just like back pain and aching muscles, headaches are also curbed thanks to massage. According to a study from 2009, conducted by Hong Kong therapists , a regular rubdown can reduce the number of migraines that you experience. Massage of about 30 minutes was seen to decrease pain in people suffering from tension headaches. While doing this, it was also established that it decreases anger that’s associated with pounding head.

Improves skin health

Maybe you never knew but regular massage especially on the face can make a big difference in your skin complexion. It has been found out that massage increases blood flow, which encourages lymphatic drainage, and therefore leading to shutting of toxins away from cells. This means that more nutrients are able to reach your skin cells hence adding vitality to dull complexion.

Whether its Deep Tissue massage, Swedish massage, Reflexology, Sports massage, Cranial Sacral therapy or Geriatric massage, you will enjoy numerous benefits as per your needs. Not only will you stay stress free, you will also keep some health conditions at bay.

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