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Benefits of massage

Benefits of massage

Benefits of massage

Massage is generally part of complementary and alternative medicine. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Studies have found massage may be helpful for:

  • Anxiety

  • Digestive disorders

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headaches

  • Insomnia related to stress

  • Myofascial pain syndrome

  • Soft tissue strains or injuries

  • Sports injuries

  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.

Physical benefits

There are numerous physical benefits associated with the use of massage:

  • loosening tight muscles and stretching connective tissues

  • relieving cramps and muscle spasms and decreasing muscle fatigue

  • loosening joints and improving range of motion

  • increasing muscle strength

  • calming the nervous system

  • stimulating blood circulation

  • firming up muscle and skin tone

  • relieving symptoms of such disorders as asthma, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic and acute pains yndromes, myofacial pain, headache, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, and athletic injuries

  • speeding up healing from injury and illness

  • improving lymphatic drainage of metabolic wastes

Mental and emotional benefits

Mental benefits associated with massage therapy include the following:

  • mental relaxation

  • improvement in length and quality of sleep

  • relief of stress, depression, anxiety and irritation

  • increased ability to concentrate

  • improved sense of well-being

Typs of massage

  • Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.

  • Aromatherapy Massage. This massage with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs.The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc.

  • Deep massage.This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.

  • Hot Stone Massage Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body. Apply gentle pressure with them with the stones. The warmth is comforting.

  • Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.

  • Thai Massage Thai massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. Thai massage also includes compressions and stretches. It’s like yoga without doing any work. Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It is also reduces stress and improves flexibility.

  • Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

 

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