Massage Therapy Benefits
Massage therapy is the practice of applying pressure to muscles and soft tissue for relaxation, pain relief, and many other benefits. One of the common forms of massage for relaxation is the Swedish massage which is soothing and gentle. The sports massage is like the Swedish version. However, it is used to prevent or treat sport-related injuries. If you are seeking treatment for deeper layers of connective tissue and muscle, you should invest in a deep tissue massage. Trigger point massage is used to treat and/or reduce knots or tight contracted muscle fibers and connective tissue in an individual’s body. Pressure can be applied with the hands, forearms, elbows, and feet on these trigger points with the ultimate goal of removing them.
Due to these stressful times, massage therapy is increasing in popularity. It can also be viewed as a form of alternative medicine; since massages can lead to the benefits above as well as regeneration, improved blood circulation, tension reduction, and an increased in immunity and overall well being.
It is important to hydrate with water before and after a massage. During a massage, accumulated waste or materials are released and water is required to help remove these substances from our bodies. Drinking water can also reduce muscle soreness and aches since water can prevent the released materials from building up again. Nonetheless, below is more information for the benefits massage therapy provides.
Massage therapy helps release hormones and toxins and provides relaxation. This is probably the most common reason, besides pain relief, why people seek massages. During these tough economic times and due to our hectic schedules, it is nice to reward ourselves with a relaxing and soothing massage. If you are tense and stressed out, a massage can help improve your mood. If you are experiencing pain and muscle stiffness, this form of therapy can help loosen you up and improve your range of motion. Swedish massage therapy is common for relaxation and applies circular movements, kneading, and long strokes to muscles using lotion or oils. After receiving one of these massages, you should feel more energized and relaxed.
Many of us have tight muscles in our upper and lower back, legs, neck, face, head, arms, and feet. Some of us unfortunately have painful knots deep in our muscles that generate pain. These knots or trigger points can lead to pain in other regions of our body. They can also reduce our range of motion. Massage therapy can help loosen our tight muscles and flatten these painful knots (or at least reduce the pain). This is achieved by the application of pressure to deep layers of muscle and connective tissue where adhesions or knots are present. Hot stone massages could also be used to loosen tight muscles and reduce muscle tension. However, you may have to receive multiple massages (including different varieties) over a period of time to effectively treat these conditions.
As mentioned earlier, massage therapy improves your flexibility, increases your range of motion, and promotes recovery from injury by improving blood flow. It reduces lactic acid which can build up after a strenuous activity such as exercise. This also helps you to recover from fatigue quicker. Massage therapy also helps to eliminate waste and toxins and reduce mental stress, improve mental performance, and provide headache relief.
Now depending on the massage you receive, your body may feel different afterwards. If you invest in a deep tissue massage, your body will be sore for a few days subsequently. Once the body soreness resides, you will feel better overall. On the other hand, if you receive a Swedish massage, you may feel stimulated, relaxed, and/or sleepy afterwards.
The Swedish massage is so relaxing, that it is not uncommon to fall asleep during this treatment. It helps to relax your muscles by improving your lymph system functions. As you receive this massage therapy, your lymph system will be in a better position to remove waste from the muscles. To help with this process, it is important to drink water before and after your massage. As a result, the Swedish massage is perfect if you are suffering from depression or anxiety and/or having a difficult time sleeping.
The constant application of pressure during massage therapy relaxes our blood vessels resulting in lower blood pressure and lower levels of anxiety and depression via improved breathing. The reduction of stress helps our bodies’ immune systems defend against illnesses. By removing tension from our muscles, massages help us feel rejuvenated and energized. The relaxation of our muscles improves blood circulation promoting better delivery of nutrients throughout our body. Additionally, massages can correct bad posture, increase flexibility and range of motion, and sooth pressure points. Finally, massage therapy can improve rehabilitation after an injury, provide relief from migraines and back pain, and etcetera.
In conclusion, massage therapy is an excellent treatment you can receive to help improve your overall health. It could be also used as preventive medicine to reduce body pain related ailments including injuries. If you are feeling pain in your muscles from a long day at work or after a strenuous exercise regimen, you should invest in a massage. If you are feeling pain once you apply pressure to a trigger point, it may be time for a deep tissue or trigger point massage. If you are not feeling pain, it is still wise to receive a massage on a consistent basis. Likewise, it may make sense to revisit your budget to see if you can free up some funds. If you do not have much discretionary income, you could receive treatment from massage schools. Interns at these establishments provide massages at substantially reduced prices; for instance $30 plus gratuity for an one hour massage. In the worst case scenario, you could purchase massage devices and/or chairs for do-it-yourself (DIY) massage therapy treatment.