Massages to Consider
The following is a top 5 “Massages to Consider”
by Marc Pulisci.
It is not that massage therapy is an exclusive activity of traveling, but they do seem to coincide often. Studies show massages can be an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
Here is a list of a few you should try when the occasion presents itself.
Swedish Massage Therapy
An essential staple of the wellness center spas and gyms world. Swedish massage is based on the Western knowledge of anatomy, whereas the Asian forms of massage would focus on energy distribution.
There are five basic strokes in Swedish massage therapy:
1.Effleurage (long smooth strokes)
2.Petrissage (kneading, rolling, and lifting)
3.Friction (wringing or small circular movements)
5.Vibration (rocking and shaking movements)
Muscle relaxation being the primary goal helps in the healing of any injury.
Hot Stone Massage
As you can imagine, hot stone massage uses warm stones. The heated stones are then located on specific spots. The warmth of the stones can loosen tight muscles and reach areas of tension quickly. Definitely an experience worth trying.
Deep tissue massage therapeutic massage that targets adhesions (also known as "muscle knots") and works on in the deeper layers of muscle.
Using slow strokes and friction across the muscle, the massage aims to heal chronic pains from, posture problems, or injuries. It is even known for helping with osteoarthritis. It is more intense than other massage therapies, but if you can handle a little pressure, you will reap the benefits.
''Shiatsu'' Translates directly to finger pressure. Focus on balancing the flow of energy. It seeks to stimulate acupressure points on the body to improve the flow of energy and help regain balance. It is one of very few no oil or lotion therapies that allow for loose attire. Shiatsu is generally done on a mat on the floor, and often the therapist will get on top of you to apply deeper pressure.
Thai massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. Though they may appear simple, they are quite sophisticated and professional instruction is required. The massage therapist uses rhythmic compression along your energy lines improving range of motion and reducing stress.
Better known as zone therapy is an alternative massage that relies on applying pressure to the feet and hand without the use of oil or lotion. Nothing like a mere foot or hand rub, reflexology focuses on "reflex areas" on the hands and feet, believing the nerve ending in our extremities are connected to our inner organs. By applying pressure to specific points, the reflexologist can affect your nervous system reducing stress in problem areas we usually don't have access to.
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