One of the best ways to relax and reduce excess stress is by getting a massage. It can be a powerful tool in your health and wellbeing.
A massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing, manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. The varying strokes allow for light to deep pressure. Each type has its own name:
Swedish Massage: Uses long strokes, circular motions, and tapping to relax your body
Deep Massage: Uses deep forceful stokes to target the deeper layers of muscles. This type is perfect for those with muscle damage due to injuries
Sports Massage: Geared to those involved in sports by loosening up areas associated with the sport.
Trigger Point: Focuses on certain areas where muscular pain is felt.
When deciding which type of massage to get, first think why you are getting the massage in the first place. If it is for pain relief for a certain area due to repeated exercise (i.e. Sports) choose a sports massage. If you’re looking to relax the entire body choose Swedish. Finally, if you’re going for a muscular injury that needs relief, choose between deep tissue or trigger point massages.
Benefits of Massages:
Massages are effective treatments when referring to reducing stress, pain, and muscle tension. Here are some examples:
- Increased Circulation
- Increased joint flexibility
- Aid in recovery after workouts
- Pain relief from migraines
- Reduces Scar tissue
- Relaxation of injured and overused muscles
- Releases endorphins
- Improved range of motion
- Decreases discomfort associated with lower back pain
These benefits clearly show the multiple health effects of simply relieving tension throughout the body. If you’re unable to afford a massage there are some things you can do at home. Find a lacrosse ball and a wall and simply dig into your upper back and reap some of the many benefits!