Massage has been known to relax body, mind and spirit, it renew and rejuvenates and help in blood circulation. After receiving a good massage you can feel the instantaneous result and you will crave for another session even before you get up from the massage bed. Added with a nice plunge in a Jacuzzi or lying idly in the sauna, what more an ached and stress muscles can ask?
What is massage?
Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, feet, or a massage device. Depending on the application and technique used, massage is used to promote relaxation and well-being, and is beneficial in treating sports injuries and other problems affecting the musculature of the body such as postural misalignment and many painful conditions. There are different kinds of massage according to what you think your body needs best.
Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energized you.
Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
Benefits of massage
Massage is generally considered to be a complementary and alternative medicine. It has increased in popularity given the kind of lifestyle that we are in now. Your body will give you a signal that it has enough, you need to slow down and your muscles needs a good kneading and manipulation.
Massage is known to help in blood circulation, it gives you a healthy glow as your muscles are more relaxed. It helps reduce stress, muscle pains and tension. Some tensions are worst than the other person and you might need several massage session.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is effective treatment for an aching muscles and while more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage to the general well being. Though extensive studies has been done of what massage does to the muscles, some medical practitioners says it helps people with the following;
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Beyond the benefits of massage a lot of people has integrated massage in their lifestyle to feel relaxed, pampered and cared for. Despite of what was being said of the benefits of a massage it is not meant to replace a conventional medicine. You have to check with your doctor if you are suffering from any illness and if massage is suitable for your condition.