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That statement is a bit of a stretch because it is not
entirely true. I would be more
accurately stated that Spiritual people who have had a message discover that
they enjoy it very much. Better, HUH?
You could also say that Larry (who has had a message) enjoys
it very much and believes strongly in the therapeutic potential. A message can be very relaxing and we all
could use a bit more relaxing. OR a
message can be very invigorating and healing such as deep tissue and sports
message. Myself, I like and can always
benefit from a deep tissue message. You
probably don’t know this but I tend to be wound pretty tight and a masseuse can
always find ‘hard’ spots like knots and kinks.
Sounds like a piece of rope doesn’t it?
Sometimes I feel like a piece of rope, all twisted up and full of knots
MY FAVORITE message technique is first, about an hour of
deep tissue followed by an hour of soft relaxing followed by an hour of nap
time. BEWARE THE CAPITALISTIC MESSAGE
THERAPIST because he/she will make you get directly up after the soft relaxing
part knowing you will be SO outraged/disappointed that, again, you are full of
knots and kinks and will have to start the therapy over. With 100% occupancy of
the message studio, her/his profit will skyrocket!
Considering that some folks might actually expect “real”
information about message, I found this article on Web MD.
Massage has been practiced for thousands of years. Today, if
you need or want a massage, you can choose from among 80 massage therapy styles with a wide variety of pressures,
movements, and techniques. These all involve pressing, rubbing, or manipulating
muscles and other soft tissues with hands and fingers. Sometimes even forearms,
elbows, or feet are used.
According to a 2007 American Massage Therapy
Association survey, almost a quarter of all adult Americans had at least one
massage in the previous year. And, they have a wide range of reasons for doing
so. More and more people -- especially baby boomers -- recognize the health
benefits of massage. They choose from among many massage styles to get relief
from symptoms or to heal injuries, to help with certain health conditions, and
to promote overall wellness.
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layoffs to security threats, we live in a crazy and scary world. You could just
pray for calmer times — or learn to love the occasionally wild ride. Life, as
you may have noticed, is one great big roller-coaster ride. From job changes
(planned or not) to turn-your-world-upside-down milestones like marriage and
motherhood, there's no end to the twists and turns you face through the years.
And these days, what with headlines constantly reminding you about the shaky
Here is information you can use to help you decide what types of
massage will work best for you.
Massage Styles Are Best?
You may have noticed that different massage
styles are popular at different times. And you may have wondered whether each
was just part of a passing fad or the latest, greatest massage technique? Even
more important is how can you tell whether the latest style will actually help
Styles used in massage therapy range from
long, smooth strokes to short, percussive strokes. Some massage therapists use
oils and lotions; others do not. Most massage therapists have clients unclothe
for a massage, but some do not. A massage can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 2
Before you can decide which massage style is
best for you, you need to ask yourself a question. Do you simply want a massage
for relaxation and stress control? Or do you need symptom relief or help with a
certain health condition? Before booking a massage, let the therapist know what
you're looking for and ask which style the therapist uses. Many use more than
one style. Or the therapist may customize your massage, depending on your age,
condition, or any special needs or goals you have.
What follows is a list of some of the more
popular massage therapy styles. The first four are especially popular.
The most common type of massage is Swedish
massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light,
rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined
with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can
be both relaxing and energizing. And it may even help after an injury.
The four common strokes of Swedish massage
Effleurage: a smooth, gliding stroke
used to relax soft tissue
Petrissage: the squeezing, rolling, or
kneading that follows effleurage
Friction: deep, circular movements
that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase
blood flow and break down scar tissue
Tapotement: a short, alternating tap
done with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand
Neuromuscular therapy is a form of soft
tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain
involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically oriented form of
massage addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve
compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by
repetitive movement injuries.
Deep tissue massage is best for giving
attention to certain painful, stiff "trouble spots" in your body. The
massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers
of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less
rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic
-- relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such
as back sprain.
Developed to help with muscle systems used
for a particular sport, sports massage uses a variety of approaches to help
athletes in training -- before, during, or after sports events. You might use
it to promote flexibility and help prevent injuries. Or, it may help muscle
strains, aiding healing after a sports injury.
Ever gone to a county fair, music festival,
or conference and envied other people getting chair massages? Or, maybe you're
lucky enough to work at a company that offers 15- to 20-minute massages as a
regular benefit. Onsite, chair massages are done while you're seated fully
clothed in a portable, specially designed chair. They usually involve a massage
of your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands.
In Japanese, shiatsu means "finger
pressure." For shiatsu massage, the therapist uses varied, rhythmic
pressure on certain precise points of the body. These points are called acupressure points, and they are believed to be important for
the flow of the body's vital energy, called chi. Proponents say shiatsu massage
can help relieve blockages at these acupressure points.
During a Thai massage, the therapist uses his
or her body to move the client into a variety of positions. This type of
massage includes compression of muscles, mobilization of joints, and
For this kind of massage, the therapist
places warmed stones on certain areas of the body, such as acupressure points.
The stones may be used as massage tools or be temporarily left in place. Used
along with other massage techniques, hot stones can be quite soothing and
relaxing as they transmit heat deep into the body.
Reflexology uses hand, thumb, and finger
techniques to stimulate certain areas of the feet. These areas are believed to
correspond to different parts of the body. The massage, then, is expected to
promote health and well-being.
your body goes through major changes. Pregnancy massage can help with these
changes by reducing stress, decreasing arm and leg swelling, and relieving
muscle and joint pain. Massage may be particularly helpful during a time when
medication and other medical options may be more limited. Using specially
designed massage pillows, the massage therapist will help get you into a
comfortable position for this type of massage.
Are the Health Benefits of Massage?
Many types of massage offer benefits beyond
simple relaxation. Here are just a few of the health problems that may benefit
from massage. Ask your doctor before using massage for any health condition,
More than one study has shown the effectiveness of massage therapy for back
pain. In fact, one 2003 study showed it worked better than acupuncture or spinal modification for persistent low back
pain -- reducing the need for painkillers by 36%.
Headache. Another type of pain -- headache -- also
responds to massage therapy, as shown by more than one study. Massage therapy
can reduce the number of migraines a person has and also improve sleep.
Osteoarthritis. In the first clinical trial looking
at the effectiveness of Swedish massage for knee osteoarthritis, participants
who received a one-hour massage either one or two times a week had improvements
in pain, stiffness, and function. The control group had no such change.
Cancer. Used as a complement to
traditional, Western medicine, massage can promote relaxation and reduce cancer
symptoms or side effects of treatment. It may help reduce pain, swelling,
fatigue, nausea, or depression, for example, or improve the function of your
Anxiety. A review of more than 12 studies shows that massage
helps relieve depression and anxiety. It lowered levels of cortisol by up to
50%. And massage increased levels of neurotransmitters that help reduce