Whether you need a temporary escape of relaxation, to reduce muscle tension or need relief from some type of chronic pain, a massage could be your solution! A massage is a great way to enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being.
Our bodies are very complex and we go through a lot throughout the day from stress, to lack of sleep, to extraneous exercise, to injuries and everything in between. A massage benefits our bodies to relieve, reduce or eliminate pain or tension, improve circulation, improve lymphatic drainage, improves sleep and can decrease the severity and frequency of tension headaches amongst so much more!
I used to get a lot of tension headaches due to stress and tightness in the muscles in my back. Going for regular massages has allowed me to experience relief from these headaches, reduction in muscle tension and tightness as well as a sense of relaxation and calmness.
There are different types of massages to consider
- Swedish massage – Is a gentle form of massage that uses several different movements such as kneading, vibration and deep circular movements to help relax you
- Deep massage – This massage uses a slow and forceful types of movements to target the deeper layers of muscle and tissue
- Hot stone massage – Similar to a deep massage but incorporates heated stones that helps target the deep layers of muscle and tissue because of the heat and helps promote relaxation. The stones are placed on certain areas of the body much like acupressure points.
- Thai Massage – During a thai massage the therapist uses their body to move your body into various yoga like positions and includes compression of muscles, mobilization of joints, and acupressure
- Sports massage – Similar to a swedish massage, but focuses on specific areas for athletics to help treat or prevent injury during sports
There are a variety of different massages that you can choose from beyond this list. Do your research and inquire with a massage therapist to help assess which massage will benefit your needs best.
Going for a massage will do you good and is a form of self-care and self-love. This is not selfish, this is necessary. Caring and loving ourselves and providing our bodies with the nurture it needs allows us to be more caring and loving towards others!