Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Stressed? Get some massage therapy!

With this fast-paced life, people have encountered pressures on meeting deadlines and end up with a stressed mind and a tired body. And while some work well with pressures, others need to relax and find better ways of soothing their minds and bodies. One sure way of doing this is through massage therapy.
Massage originated from different languages like in Arabic word “mass’h or mass” meaning to press softly. The act is a combination of art and science of giving artistic hand strokes to provide a relaxing experience. Scientifically, the therapy is essential to rejuvenate the body and the mind, thus, reducing stress. There are different kinds of massage depending on one’s person needs like massage for babies, children, and pregnant women.
Massage can also be categorized in different types such as trigger point, Swedish, deep tissue, sports, reflexology, cranial sacral, thai massage, and many other “country-named” massage.  The trigger point massage aims at defining the point within the muscle tissue which causes pain. A trigger point at the back may alleviate the pain in your neck. With this therapy, constricted areas in the muscles are released without directly pressing the affected part.
Another popular and one of the most common types of massage is the “Swedish Massage.” This type of therapy is generally characterized with long gliding strokes to return blood into heart. It is most beneficial in improving blood circulation, increasing level of oxygen in the heart, and decreasing muscle toxins. In one of the studies on Swedish massage, it was found out that it significantly decreases levels of stress hormones.
There is a variety of massage that one can enjoy to ease their stress. But it might be good to start trying all of these, so you can feel it yourself. As they say, the best time to have a body massage is when you have no time for it. 

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