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Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Massage

By J A Simms

 

Massage therapy has been proven to be very beneficial to those who receive it on a regular basis. Manipulation of the muscle tissues can improve health and have a great therapeutic effect on the systems of the body, including the circulatory, muscular, immune, and nervous systems.

According to many online sites dedicated to the art of massage therapy, when performed regularly can improve chronic and acute pain, reduce stress, and aid in a sense of overall well being, in addition to relaxing tight tense muscles.

Massage Techniques

There are many different massage techniques which use different types of manipulation for various results. My favourite is aromatherapy massage. I choose an essential oil that the massage therapist uses to either relax or invigorate me, depending on what I prefer. Oils are made of plant essences and are used to reduce stress, treat anxiety or insomnia, relax, or energize, and simply add a pleasurable aromatic element to the massage. Lavender is very nice and relaxing, as is eucalyptus, which also can clear your sinuses if you are feeling a little stuffy. Another favourite of mine is tangerine. I feel relaxed yet invigorated afterward. Just ask the massage therapist what he or she recommends and enjoy!

Deep Muscle Therapy and Deep Connective Tissue Massage

Other popular types of massage are deep muscle therapy and deep connective tissue massage, which I think is where the saying “hurts so good” comes from. If you have ever had this type of massage therapy, then you know what I mean. When we get stressed, our muscles tense up creating what feels like a lump under our skin.

When massaged, the tissue is loosened relaxing the surrounding muscle tissue. It may be a little intense, but believe me, it is well worth the pain. It’s especially beneficial to people that have chronic muscle tension. You will feel better afterward, have greater range of motion, and look at the world in a whole new light!

There are many other types of massage therapy as well, including prenatal and postpartum massage, sports massage, and acupressure; just too many to discuss here. Do you own research and find which type of massage you like most, and experience all the benefits that massage therapy has to offer. There are many licensed massage therapists around the country, and probably quite a few in your area. Many of them will even come to your home for your convenience.

Prices start from around £20 for half an hour and £40 for a full hour. Go on and pamper yourself, you won’t be disappointed!

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