Having a massage isn’t just a luxury for the pampered set. For many people, it’s how they regularly de-stress, improve circulation, and ease their aching muscles. But numerous studies also show the health benefits of healing touch go far beyond soothing aches and pains.
Statistics show that 15 percent of people receive at least one yearly massage with the majority doing so for medical or health reasons. A huge 92 percent believe it can be an effective tool in reducing pain and 23 percent use massage for stress reduction and relaxation.
Once you’ve decided that massage is something you would like to add to your healthy life practices it’s important to find someone you are comfortable with. You should ask about qualifications and experience and what to expect if it’s your very first massage. Having someone that has studied anatomy and physiology will understand how important it is to address all of the related structures and not just the one that “hurts”.
You may even need to try a few therapists before you find one that shares your philosophy of care and understands your therapeutic goals.
Your therapist will ask you about any existing health conditions that may affect your massage including any prior injuries/accidents so be ready to share this information as it’s very important.
There are various massage techniques that can improve your immune system, provide bone and muscle care, enhance skin tone and improve emotional well-being. Here are the different types of massage techniques offered by BodyTonic Massage Therapies and their health benefits:
Swedish massage. Probably the most common, this type of massage is designed to relax the body and increase circulation. It focuses on the skin and superficial layers of muscle while the therapist tends to bring blood flow to the heart. The benefits include general relaxation, improved circulation, dissolution of scar tissue, and reduction of swelling from injuries.
Deep tissue massage. The therapist will use deeper and slower strokes and friction techniques across the muscles to loosen chronically tight or painful areas. It’s best to have a Swedish massage first so that the muscles are already relaxed. Deep tissue massage can help correct postural problems and reduce inflammation pain caused by arthritis and tendonitis. You may feel sore for one or two days after the massage, much like you may feel after a big gym workout.
Sports massage. Athletes can enhance their performance and prevent injury by having regular sports massages. Therapists use a combination of techniques. It’s faster than a normal Swish massage and helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.
Myofascial release. The therapist applies sustained pressure and movement into the fascia, the fine tissue that surrounds the muscles and muscle fibres. This helps release areas of restriction and immobility. It also helps relieve cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restricted movement, headaches and other forms of chronic pain.
There may be some trial and error in the process but don’t get discouraged! Don’t be shy in communicating your needs to the therapist. Let him or her know that the pressure is too soft or too firm. If you need something like water or a blanket to feel warmer, express yourself.
If you are tense or uncomfortable on the table, this will prevent you from having a great experience. Finding a good therapist and making massage a regular part of your health care routine, can be life altering.
To book online with Naomi click here or if it’s your first appointment and would like to discuss what BodyTonic can offer you call Naomi on 0407928899