Do you look forward to a relaxing body massage after a long, tiring day? If that sounds like you, you’ll be pleased to know that apart from being relaxing and calming to the mind and body, massages offer a wide range of benefits. They increase flexibility, improve blood circulation, enhance energy levels, rejuvenate your skin, and strengthen your immune system.
We also frequently hear that people who are trying to lose weight get a full body massage. Wonder why? It’s because massage increase body awareness. Sometimes we don’t pay attention to how we treat our body or the kind of food that we eat. By getting a massage once a week, we pay more attention to ourselves and our body. An effective massage also reduces stress, which can suppress hunger.
This week, we give you a rundown on some of the most widely practiced body massages and their benefits.
In this popular type of Swedish massage, essential oils are used to energise healing properties in your body. The oils used in this technique – including eucalyptus, lavender, sandalwood, jasmine, and peppermint – are extracted from flowers, leaves, roots, and other parts of plants. The first step that any therapist must do before starting the therapy is to understand your health problem and any allergic reactions you may have, and then tailor the technique to suit your condition. During this therapy, you are made to lie down on your back and the session begins with kneading the ankles and knees, and moving slowly upwards. The legs and hands are massaged using long strokes. The entire massage lasts upto an hour. It relaxes your body, reduces stress and depression, provides relief from menstrual symptoms, makes your body strong in order to fight diseases, and strengthens the digestive system.
Hot stone massage
As the name suggests, hot stone massage is done by placing flat, smooth and hot rocks at key points on your body. The technique uses stones made from basalt, a type of volcanic rock. The key points on which these rocks are placed are the stomach, spine, palms, chest, face, feet, and toes. The therapist holds onto these rocks and performs the massage in long strokes, tapping, kneading and making circular movements. Hot stone massage promotes better sleep, the heat from the stone helps with proper blood circulation and relaxes the muscle, combats stress levels, and boots immunity. This type of massage is also known to alleviate cancer symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and nausea. Always get a hot stone massage from a well-trained therapist. However, please note that people with diabetes, blood clots, skin burns, bleeding disorders, open wounds or those who have recently undergone any kind of surgery should not get this type of massage.
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage that has been developed based on Chinese medicine ideology. In this form of treatment, the therapist uses thumbs, fingers, and palms in order to apply pressure to various parts of your body. The pressure promotes energy flow throughout the body and creates a relaxing experience. This is an effective therapy for health problems like arthritis and sprains. It is also good for the hormonal system; it regulates the nervous system, helps with menstrual problems, and reduces stress.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage is a form of Swedish massage which applies more pressure to the deeper layers of the muscles and connecting tissue surrounding the muscles. This type of massage provides relief from neck and upper back pain, helps with a speedy recovery from injuries, and reduces tension.