Among all of the stress relieving techniques out there, massage might be one of the fastest methods out there…and most enjoyable!
Just one session can help:
- Improve circulation throughout the body
- Relax tense, sore muscles
- Give your joints a better overall range of motion
- Decrease stress by increasing the natural flow of energy to all parts of the body
In fact, there are too many benefits of massage to ignore this simple yet practical form of relaxation, and a variety of ways to get them.
I don’t want to confuse you with all of the different types of massage available, but it might be helpful to share a few of the more popular styles.
So Many Choices
If you’ve never had this kind of therapy, you may need to try some different ones to find the technique best suited for you.
Although it was developed about 150 years ago, Swedish Massage has become the most common form of this ancient art in the United States.
This is typically a full-body massage that promotes relaxation by relieving muscle tension.
The technique utilizes long, gliding strokes, along with other kneading and friction motions to affect superficial muscular areas throughout our bodies.
In Japan, they have adapted a form of acupressure called Shiatsu Massage.
It basically works on the principle of chi energy, which supposedly flows along unseen paths called meridians.
According to their belief, many illnesses begin when this flow of energy is blocked somewhere in our systems.
Shiatsu therapists therefore seek to restore this natural movement by pressing various physical points with their hands, elbows…and even feet in some cases!
A session can last for around an hour, and can range from a rather aggressive experience to one that is calm.
There’s also Sports Massage, found in many gyms and health clubs, Thai Massage, and a deep method called Trigger Point Massage.
I’m sure there are others I have not mentioned, but this should give you a basis to begin your search for the right one!
How About Self-Massage?
Okay, so maybe a massage sounds great to some of you, but the cost of having a professional do it is a bit too much.
Self-massaging your stress away is both an effective and enjoyable alternative:)
Let’s face it, if you sit behind a desk all day staring at a computer screen, this can put a terrible strain on your back, neck, or shoulder regions.
You can rub these areas on your own throughout the day, or have a partner do it for you in the evening (highly recommended!!!).
You can also utilize simple tools like the 9 Ball Massage Glove to improve the experience, or even some items you may have lying around your house.
I’ll explain more about these techniques in later posts…
The Big Picture
I’ve explained in a previous article how strenuous exercise can release certain chemicals, called endorphins, into our bodies.
This same pleasurable experience can also be found through massage.
But wait, there’s more!
When your brain starts to pick up any sort of stress signals, your body reacts by speeding up the heart rate and increasing blood pressure.
Additionally, certain muscle groups will become tighter.
If these feelings persist, it can lead to many different types of undesirable physical problems.
Massaging yourself, taking turns with your partner, or paying for a session with a trained therapist, can be an awesome way to relax and relieve built-up tensions before they cause real damage.
Like I always say…sometimes it’s nice to be kneaded!!! HaHaHa