Does your body always ache? Do you often feel tired? Are you suffering from leg pain, back pain or headache? Massage can be a great solution to all your problems. Earth’s Wisdom wants to share the incredible benefits of massage here, reading which you can decide if massage is right for you.
Once confined to luxury spas, parlors and health clubs, massage is now easily available in clinics, businesses, hospitals and even at airports.
What is Massage?
Massage is an activity in which your skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons are pressed, rubbed and manipulated. The pressure can range from light to deep. Depending upon the pressure techniques and areas of application, massages fall into various categories. Some of the most popular are as follows:
Deep Massage: In this massage, slower, yet more forceful strokes are used to target deeper layers of connective tissue and muscles. This is commonly used to help muscle damage from injuries.
Swedish Massage: Swedish massage is a gentle kind of massage in which long strokes are used along with vibrations, deep circular movements, kneading and tapping to help you relax and energize.
Trigger Point Massage: Trigger point massage focuses on areas where there are tight muscle fibers that are formed in muscles after overuse or injuries.
Sports Massage: Sports massage is similar to Swedish massage; however, it’s more geared towards sportspersons to help them prevent or treat injuries.
There are also many other types like Thai massage, Indian massage, pregnancy massage, foot massage, corporate massage, couple massage and so on.
Benefits of Massage
Massage is often considered an alternative therapy. But it is being offered increasingly along with standard treatment for an extensive range of medical conditions.
Studies have shown that massage is an effective treatment for reducing pain, stress and muscle tension.
Some studies have even found massage helpful in:
Myofascial pain syndrome
Temporomandibular joint pain
Soft tissue injuries or strains
Besides the health benefits for particular diseases or conditions, some people tend to enjoy massage just because it generates feeling of comfort and caring.
More Health Benefits of Massage
Relieves Postural Stress: Most people undergo some sort of postural stress which mostly manifests in shoulders and neck. In most desk workers, this stress caused by prolonged durations of sitting is manifested as weakness or pain in the low back and gluteals. Massage can rectify the imbalance caused by sitting.
Eases Muscle Pain: Massage increases circulation and thereby relieves pain. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 has stated that massage is extremely effective in treating chronic back pain.
Soothes Depression: Massage soothes depression because human touch which is friendly, safe and professional is extremely relaxing and therapeutic.
Improves Sleep: Massage not only boosts a restful sleep but helps those too who can’t rest comfortably. Especially in those who are undergoing radiation or chemo therapy, massage works very well to promote deep relaxation and sleep. Infant massage can help infants sleep more, be less stressed and cry less.
Boosts Immunity: A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2010 has found that massage increased the white blood cell count. It has also been found to improve immunity in people with HIV.
Relieves Headaches: Massage has been found to reduce frequency and intensity of tension headaches. A research from Granada University, Spain, has found that in only a single session of massage therapy there is an immediate effect on pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.
So, if you want to get rid of body pain, stress, aches and other such problems, massage is your best bet. Find a proper massage therapist and enjoy the incredible health benefits.
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