There is nothing better than a massage. The smooth glide of oils administered by firm hands on tired flesh seems to send most people into a state of sleepy bliss. In fact, 5,000 years of history has shown the staying power and popularity of this unique form of healing all across the globe, from India to Egypt and everywhere in between. It’s apparent that there’s some validity to both the enjoyment and the healing qualities of massage, but have you ever wondered what they are?
What Do We Gain From Massage Therapy? During a personal interview, George Velasquez, massage therapist and owner of Eden Therapy and Massage in Charlotte, NC, said, “Massage therapy addresses a variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension, which experts believe accounts for 80 to 90 percent of disease.”
That’s a pretty significant percentage, and if you’re a reader of the HealingRadius blog, you know that stress is a major problem found in almost all mental and physical improvement issues we address. If you undergo massage therapy to address stress alone, you’ll be doing yourself a favor.
Mr. Velasquez went on to say, “Massage has been proven beneficial in treating sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain, immunity suppression, spinal injury, autism, post-operative surgery, age-related disorders, eating disorders and depression.”
Basically, massage therapists are hardcore medicine men, complete with the magic touch. Sign me up!
There Are so Many Types of Massage … Which One Do I Choose? There are many types of massage therapy, but if you don’t want to slog through the research, it’s easy to ask a qualified massage therapist for a recommendation. However, if you want to learn what your options, here are a few types of massage that Mr. Velasquez said were popular at his salon, as well as the types of body issues they can address:
Swedish Massage is soothing, gentle and nurturing. The therapist uses light to medium pressure to aid in clients’ relaxation, which helps reduce emotional and physical stress. Swedish massage shortens the recovery time of muscular strain by flushing the tissues of metabolic wastes and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management.
Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slow strokes and deep pressure or friction on contracted muscles, tendons and fascia. Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage.
Prenatal massage is recommended for the second and third trimesters of pregnancy as a way to relieve stress and aches that results from rapid physical and mental changes. Awesome studios like Mr. Velasquez’s have tables, often custom-made, with cut-outs for the breasts and belly, allowing the customer to lie on their stomach without causing harm to the baby. However, there are restrictions: Most women have to be at least 12 weeks along for safety reasons.
Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation that helps correct postural imbalances. Using advanced concepts to break the stress-tension-pain cycle, NMT can bring balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system.
Sounds Expensive, How Much?
Most salons have memberships, gift card and credit card options. Some studios even accept health savings account (HSA) cards and enable you to use flexible spending accounts to take in some major relaxation with employer and insurance approval. Depending on the studio, service and time of year (it tends to get pricier around holidays like Valentine’s Day), you could spend about $35 for a half-hour focus massage to $200 for a two-hour massage with all the bells and whistles. For deals on all your massage therapy needs, check out HealingRadius.com to book an appointment today.
Still Too Rich for Your Blood? Try These Options:
At shopping malls, there is usually a massage service available when you just need a five-minute pick-me-up during your shopping experience. There are also massage chairs in exchange for quarters, which is an interesting experience to say the least.
Whatever your preferred massage budget, go ahead and indulge in this stress-relieving service every once in a while because skimping on your health is never a good strategy for a happy body and a happier mind.
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