Massage Therapy Relieves More than Just Stress
Published: 02/25/2011 at Matthew Aldrich
What are some of the health benefits of going to a Spa?
Well, in addition to promoting relaxation and rejuvenation, massages can be used to improve the circulatory and immune systems to benefit blood pressure, muscle tone, digestion, skin tone and much more. Many say they have tried massage therapy sessions and have found it to be a positive experience and enjoyable. More and more people in this country turn to therapeutic massage treatments to relieve chronic tension and pain in muscles, to increase flexibility in the joints, and to reduce mental and physical fatigue. People are trying to have a balanced lifestyle.
Therapists apply different ways of hands-on techniques and specific methods to relieve pain, to relax not only the body, but also the mind. We all have different needs, so choose a massage treatment that gives you not only health benefits, but an invigorating experience.
At a Spa you can choose from a number of massage types, from deep tissue massage to hot stone massage, aromatherapy or a relaxation massage. If you go to a Spa for the first time try to get a recommendation from friends or people who perhaps have visited the establishment. It doesn't hurt to do a little bit of research. When making an appointment, ask questions about which spa treatments are right for you, inquire about all details of the massages available before you make a selection. The specialists there will help you make the correct decision, they will see to it that you are comfortable with the new atmosphere -- one that is relaxing, features soothing music and has pleasant aromas -- and help you get the best of your massage treatment.
I would consider a great massage spa one that is eco-friendly, quiet, beautiful and aroma therapeutic. What is an eco-friendly massage spa? An eco-friendly establishment is one that uses natural goods (shells with some minerals, algae and kelp, lots of lotions and essential oils). Anything natural is always good for the skin.
Most of the Spas offer a variety of packages, special deals, different options and discounts to attract clientele. If after a massage session you leave the place with a sense of rejuvenation, with an easy feeling, then you can say it was a positive experience.
Research indicates that getting massage therapy on a regular basis reduces stress levels and helps with medical conditions such as allergies, arthritis, asthma, insomnia, sports-related injuries, depression and anxiety among others. Just consider some of this closely and you will notice how beneficial going to a Spa can turn out to be. One should seriously consider visiting a massage spa on a regular basis to remain stress free and stay healthy.
Here are some of the most popular types of massage therapy:
1. Swedish massage -- by far the most common in America and probably the best one to start with if you've never had a massage before, therapists use long smooth strokes and circular movements on your muscles using lotion or oil. This form of massage is quite gentle and of course relaxing. Give it a try, you'll like it.
2. Aromatherapy -- this is a style that uses select essential oils that relaxes you, energizes and reduces stress. The most common oil used is lavender.
3. Deep Tissue -- this form of massage aims for the deeper layers of muscles and tissues. Therapists use slower strokes pressed deep into the muscle. People sometimes feel sore for one or two days after a session of deep tissue massage.
4. Shiatsu -- this is a Japanese style of massaging that uses finger pressure on acupuncture points. Each point is pressed for 2 to 8 seconds to improve your flow of energy and balance. This type is relaxing, yet firm.
5. Hot Stone -- heated, smooth stones are placed on specific points of the body to warm and loosen tight muscles. This creates balance energy in the body. There can also be easy pressure applied, but it's still comforting. This style of massage is for people who prefer a lighter form of massage.
6. Reflexology -- this is often referred to as foot massage, but it really is more than that. Pressure is applied to certain points of the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. This massage is very good for people who stand on their feet for long periods of time and have tired feet.
7. Sports Massage -- designed for people involved in physical activities, but not necessarily a professional athlete. Combinations of techniques are being used in this type of massage to help loosen muscles and increase flexibility.
8. Back Massage -- this type focuses on your back, one needs to specify to the therapist what parts of the back to concentrate on more.
These are just a small number of massages that can open up a new world. Take care of your body and it will take care of you.