Massage is defined as the manipulation of the soft body tissues using hands or other appendages. It can be used to eliminate pain, heal and energize leaving you with a feeling of well being.
Massage has many benefits including the following:
• Relief Pain – Muscle pain and aches can be soothed through massages. It can cure rheumatism arthritis, headaches, migraines, chronic back pain and can also relieve tension and stiffness of the body
• Relief Stress- Massages can cure tension related headaches and reduce stress in everyday life.
• Sleep Better – Regular massage therapy relieves mental stress and assists in getting a sound nights sleep.
• Improves blood Circulation – Massages increases and also improves blood circulation through application.
• Immune System – Massage therapy can stimulate digestive and urinary systems for better overall immunity.
• Reduces blood pressure – Massages can help decrease blood pressure in people with hypertension.
• Improves Flexibility – Muscle tension and stiffness can be cured or prevented with massages and they also help gain greater joint flexibility and range of motion.
• Helps with Fitness – Massages assist through healing and preventing injury.
• Emotional well being – Positive emotions are gained with a with a feeling of well being and massages can help attain that.
• Awareness of the body – Mind and body awareness can be created and a better connection with oneself can be formed.
Massages can feel great. But a massage alone cannot relax away back pain. Massages should not be the sole treatment used for back pain treatment. Here are a few types of massages that might you might want to try as a secondary form of treatment.
• Deep Tissue Massage Therapy – This type of massage focuses on deep layers of muscles and is often used to break up muscle knots which are actually just muscle tissue that is stuck together forming rigid or stiff areas in the body. These muscle knots usually have poor blood and lymph circulation, that can result in waste build up within the tissue. This is the main reason why many people complain deep tissue massage to be painful.
• Shiatsu Massage Therapy – Shiatsu massage form comes from Japan and involves the use of pressure applied by fingers and palms to correct body imbalances and promote the healing of the body. Although there is no scientific evidence suggesting that shiatsu is effective for any major health condition still it has been known to promote relaxation and ease stress and tension in muscles and joints.
• Swedish Massage Therapy – This is the type of massage is what most people think of when they picture a perfect massage therapy. It starts of light to warm up the muscle tissues and then begins to focus on deeper muscle tissues. The strokes of the massage follows the same direction that blood flows toward the heart. Swedish massage is often used in some form or another in most western spas.
• Thai Massage Therapy – This form of massage dates back thousands of years and many describe it as a form of passive yoga. Thai massage is based on the same principles as acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine such as unblocking energy meridians to promote better health and well-being of a person. Practitioners of Thai massage believe that by compressing the human body in specific ways energy pathways can be released. This is why this form of massage often looks uncomfortable and intense from an outsider’s point of view.
• Reiki Massage or Healing – Reiki massage also has its origin in Japan. Practitioners of reiki believe that health problems and illness originate from having a low life energy force. Reiki masters believe that by channeling the powers of the universe, they can send energy to a client and help to balance out that person’s energy levels, which in turn will heal them. Unlike other forms of massage, reiki does not necessarily include any physical forms of contact. In fact, it can also be done from a distance if both practitioner and client agree on a time. The client in such case will relax in a comfortable environment and the practitioner will send the energy to them.
There are, of course, many more types of massage that are currently in use. These are a few of the most popular forms used today. It is important to keep in mind that though, massage may have wonderful relaxing effects on the body, it should not be used as the only form of treatment for back pain.