A massage is an immense pleasure. So, if you are stressed out because of your numerous professional and family obligations, a little bit of that will do you lots of good. The effect of the human touch on your body is incomparable to anything else. It is the same as that of a caress, which stimulates the production of the hormones of happiness in your body. Annoying aches and pains can be relieved or erased without the use of medication. Stiff necks and taut muscles are areas that benefit most from massage services. You can get instant relief from stress, anxiety, fatigue, depression and can get rid of the effects of some health conditions.
Massage can be helpful in a number of cases. It can be useful to patients with low back pain; it makes labor easier for mothers-to-be and shortens maternity hospital stays. Besides, it eases medication dependence, improves the functions of the immune system by stimulating the lymph flow, which is the natural defense system of the body. It stretches and exercises tight, weak or atrophied muscles. It helps athletes recover from or prepare for exhausting workouts. It increases joint flexibility, improves circulation which supplies the cells, tissues as well as organs with nutrients and oxygen. It is very beneficial for those who have undergone surgical intervention, have cramps or spasms or suffer from migraine. Massage stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the natural painkillers of the body.
Your massage therapist will, first of all, gather information about your general health condition. You have to let him or her know if there are any areas that require attention. In order to be a good masseur, a person has to be licensed and certified, since working with the body requires knowledge of anatomy and physiology. The techniques that they will use can vary depending on your problem. The process may be Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, etc. The therapist will apply oil to his or her hands and will rub and knead the problematic areas using hands, forearms and elbows.
Lets have a look at the different techniques that are applied. The Swedish method consists of long, gentle strokes, as well as deep circular movements with the hands, vibration and tapping. Deep tissue is characterized by more forceful strokes that are usually done with the finger tips or the elbows. Its point is to reach deeper into the muscle and connective tissue in order to heal damage from injuries. Typical of the trigger method is the focus on sensitive areas of tight muscle fibers that are formed in your muscles after overuse or injuries. Of course, there exist many other traditional and exotic techniques.