By: Mahad Tariq
One of the best ways to relax and relive stress is a massage, massages have been a part of the history since the ancient, and medieval times and can be traced back to the ancient civilization including India, Rome, Greece, China, Japan, etc. So is it just a part of culture and traditions or does it actually have a purpose. Well believe it or not but massages are very good for you. It is the manipulation of soft body tissue like, (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints) which improves blood circulation, and helps with movement. A massage is highly recommended for a person who is suffering from a few types of muscle pain. The use of hands and feet are usually the most common method however elbows, hot stones, and many devices can be used as well.
Types of Massages
There is a wide variety of different massages that have been changed and molded suiting the people and region of the world. The most common are: 1) Swedish Massage, where the therapist uses long smooth strokes, kneading, circular movements on the muscles with the use of lotion or oil. People who are getting a massage for the first time will enjoy this. 2) Aromatherapy Massage, very similar to the Swedish Massage however with the addition of scented and/or plant oils. One will feel relaxed and energized right after a session. 3) Deep Tissue Massage, it targets the deeper layers of muscle using slower stroke techniques and friction. More suited for people with tight and painful muscles. 4) Hot Stone massage, uses smooth heated stone that are placed at certain points of the body to warm and loosen tight muscles, it’s also helps to balance energy. People who are looking for a muscle related massage but prefer a gentler touch should opt for this. 5) Shiatsu, a form of bodywork used by the Japanese. Pressure is applied using the fingers in a rhythmic order. The Shiatsu is known to improve the flow of energy and balance. Individuals who have tried it for the first have high remarks and go again. 6) Thai Massage, like the Shiatsu where gentle pressure is applied to specific areas of the body with the addition of compression and stretches that improve flexibility and range of motion. A popular choice among people because it’ll reduce stress and leave you relaxed at the end. 7) Reflexology is also known as a foot massage. It focuses on applying pressure to specific spots on the feet that correspond to organs and system in the body. This massage is ideal for people who spend most of the time on their feet and dealing with foot pain. 8) Back Massage, like the name instructs it focuses on the back and neck. Anyone dealing with back, posture, neck problems would find this massage very useful.
Benefits of a Massage
Massage comes under alternative medicine, and is being turned to now days as compared to traditional medicine used in the past. Research continues to confirm its long-term benefits, but studies have proved that a massage is helpful for the following points:
- Joint Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Digestive Problems
- Balance and Energy
Are some of the pros getting a massage, but a massage maybe not be suitable if you have the following conditions:
- Burns or Healing Wounds
- On Certain Medication
So always consulate your doctors to find out if it’s right for you, and do enjoy your visit once you decide to go.