If you suffer from muscular discomfort, tension, aches and pains, or even healing from an injury, or simply need to relax, regular massages can help.
Every body is different. When suffering from any type of muscular issues, it is important to find the right therapist and type of massage therapy that can benefit you.
Massage Types: There are many different types of massage, the following are the most basic common types:
Swedish Massage ~ This is a gentle form of massage that uses long flowing strokes, kneading, lighter circular movements, vibration and tapping. This massage helps promote relaxation, stimulates better circulation, revitalizes, and re-energizes.
Swedish/Deep Tissue Combination Massage ~ This massage is a little more of a good happy medium pressure massage that uses long flowing strokes, kneading, circular movements, vibration and tapping. This massage gives more of a deeper form of relaxation and tension relief than your regular Swedish style massage. It also promotes better circulation, revitalizes, and re-energizes.
Deep Tissue Massage ~ This massage technique uses slower deeper strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries, and tension build up from daily stress and repetitive motions.
Sports Massage ~ This therapy is normally provided Pre or post event. Sports wear is recommended for this service. This massage is upbeat and not normally for relaxation. Minimal massage lotions are used. Pain relieving gel or warming ointment may be used in conjunction with specific area work and body stretching. This massage helps prevent and treat sports injuries.
Neuromuscular & Trigger Point Massage Therapy (Clinical Therapy) ~ Trigger Point and Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) are very specialized forms of manual therapy which static pressure and friction are applied on specific myofascial points to relieve muscle spasms, trigger points (knotted up muscle tissues), and pain. These technique manipulate the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to help balance the central nervous system.
Health Benifits from Massage:Massage is generally considered a complementary and alternative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of health issues and medical conditions. Studies have found there are many benefits of the affects of receiving massage therapy such as the following:
Helps reduce the problems cause by Fibromyalgia.
Relief from insomnia.
Relief from myofascial pain.
Relief from paresthesias and nerve pain.
Relief from temporomandibular joint pain.
Reduces muscular tension & stiffness.
Helps stimulate nervous system.
Enhances healing of soft tissues.
Relief of muscle spasms.
Greater flexibility and increases range of motion.
Relief of stress and promotes relaxation.
Promotes deeper and easier breathing.
Improvement of circulation of blood flow and movement of lymph.
Relief of tension-related conditions, such as headaches and eyestrain.
Promotion of faster healing of soft tissue injuries, such as pulled muscles and sprained ligaments, and reduction in pain and swelling related to such injuries.
Reduction in the formation of excessive scar tissue following soft tissue injuries.
Enhancement in the health and nourishment of skin.
Improvement in posture through changing tension patterns that affect posture.
Reduction in levels of anxiety.
Increase in awareness of the mind-body connection and a feeling of well-being.