Massage you muscles and mind
Sunday, Aug 12, 2012
Did you overdo kayaking, cycling, running, or gardening and now have sore muscle? Are you stressed out over all these fun summer activities that have caused the pain, or over the fun summer activities you have not done, or over your life in general? Or, do you just want a relaxing event to rejuvenate you energy level?
Then, massage you mind and body with a massage.
Research has found many health benefits from massage.
Massage reduces inflammation caused by muscle damage from exercise. Massage moderates arthritis pain. For lower-back pain, massage has be found to significantly reduce the pain and improve function. Studies have found it can help relieve anxiety, mild depression, and stress.
The question is how to find the correct type of massage for your needs and wants? Aren't there many different types of massage?
You could start with a quick 15 minute chair massage for just the neck and shoulders or feet. The next level would be a stress-relieving Swedish-style massage which involves kneading the skin, muscle, and tissue with long strokes and possibly with vibration and tapping. If you have specific muscle trouble areas consider deep-tissue or trigger-point massage, which targets deeper layers of muscle and tissue.
Find a massage therapist that has been trained at an accredited institution, is licensed to practice massage in your state, is certified by a professional organization, and has malpractice insurance. Talk with the massage therapist you choose about what you hope to get from your massage as well as your medical history and any symptoms. The therapist can then focus on particular ares using the most appropriate technique. Tell the therapist about any conditions or injuries that you have.
It is of utmost importance though to consult with your doctor if you have any medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, or are pregnant, before having a massage.
Summer is a special time of year to vacation, relax and enjoy the outdoors, but if you need an extra boost for your mind and body massage them with a massage.