31 Day Challenge to a Healthier You Day #25—Benefits of Massage Therapy








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© 2014 Shanna Lea

Need an easy way to relax your body and soul? There’s nothing like a soothing massage to help you unwind after a rough day. Massage is no longer a luxury only for rich people. Massage is available in spas, hospitals and clinics at a reasonable price. And today, more and more people use massage therapy for a wide range of ailments and for pain relief.

How Does Massage Work?

Massage is a therapy involving a wide range of techniques to press, manipulate and rub the skin, muscles and tendons of the body. A massage therapist uses their hands, fingers, forearms and even feet to stimulate key pressure points on the body. Massage techniques range from light stroking to deep pressure.

What Are the Benefits of Massage?

Massage is one of the most effective treatments for stress and pain reduction. It’s also a powerful tool for reducing muscle tension. A soothing massage can help alleviate:

  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Sports injuries
  • Nerve pain
  • Joint pain
  • Reduce pain and stiffness from arthritis
  • Reduce PMS symptoms of cramping and water retention
  • Stimulate lymph system for enhanced immunity
  • Reduce low back pain
  • Improve range of motion
  • Athletes recover from strenuous workouts easier
  • Spasms and cramping are reduced

Link to massagetherapy.com

For myself, I have used massage therapy for back pain, headaches, sinus pressure, cramped muscles, and other ailments and had relief within minutes to a few hours. I recently talked with Mickey Butler, LMT, what she uses massage therapy for the most with her clients.

Mickey Butler

“Most people come in to ease aches and pains, typically lower back, sciatica, and headaches.   Most people leave feeling pain free.

Human touch is so important and many times people who are elderly who have lost a spouse are often short on touch so it helps keep people mentally healthy.   They’ve done studies on infants in orphanages and how some fail to thrive without being touched.

There are lots of different types of massages: prenatal, sports, hot stone, thermal palms, Swedish, deep tissue, and migraine. Some of my clients say it isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.   One person says he dreads coming in but knows he needs the deep work so he can move better since he works out a lot. The one thing important anyone needs to do is tell the therapist what they need worked on and if they need more or less pressure. What parts not to do…. biggest request is to not do the hair because of various reasons. Makes it interesting to do the neck but I’ve got it down! If it’s because they don’t want to wash their hair I can still work the scalp anyway.”

You can find some massage therapy kits to use at home for self-applied deep muscle work when you can’t get to the massage therapist. A starter set is useful for athletes after workouts who experience aches and pain in their shins, muscles and Achilles tendon. It can also be used for those with general day-to-day aches and pains.

LINKS

Trigger Point Performance Self Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue Massage Starter Kit

Trigger Point Performance Total Body Self-Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue Massage Kit with DVD and Guidebook

Mickey Butler, LMT 

Relax Awhile website

Relax Awhile Facebook page

Massage Therapy Online

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