One of the oldest forms of medical care which can be applied to fitness and relaxation is massage therapy which is basically a therapeutic technique that involves the manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body. It produces a calming effect by the process of pressing, kneading and stroking of different body parts of the body to alleviate tension, pain and stress and induces relaxation, stimulation and toning the body.
The following are some examples of proven massage therapies which can make you feel a whole lot better.
Deep Tissue Massage
The deep tissue massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue as it involves a number of slow movements, but generally the pressure is more intense as it aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body. The most common areas targeted of these movements and deep finger pressures are the contracted areas, either following or going across the muscles of the fiber, fascia and tendons. In this kind of massage, the therapists use their thumb, fingers and even elbows to apply the needed pressure.
This technique involves the use of tapping, kneading or calming strokes applied to the entire body to loosen sore joints and relieve muscle tension and pain. What sets Swedish massage unique from the other massage techniques is that it involved five major and helpful strokes: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, and vibration and even though each of these strokes differ according to their movements and target points, all of them are developed to promote an ultimate feeling of being pampered.
There is one particular purpose that the Swedish massage is known for and that’s to increase the flow of oxygen in the blood and release toxins that were trapped in the muscles. With this purpose alone, the Swedish massage highly works to shorten the recovery time from muscular strain
Heated Stone Massage
Heated stone massage, also known as la stone massage, is widely appreciated and accepted in the healthcare and bodywork industry today and several clinics, spas, fitness centers, and other healthcare establishments have in fact considered it a very effective alternative to the regular massage therapy. Heated stone massage is used to indicate such changes to determine the flow of the blood and the exchange of blood and oxygen in the body, allowing a sense of well-being in the end.
During the heated stone massage procedure, the therapists and the clients themselves will notice certain changes on the body temperature, including the heart and breathing rates.
By taking these suggestions and applying them you should be feeling a whole lot better soon and even end up taking your partner or friend to your next session.