Wellness is a concept in which a person takes personal responsibility for his/her state of health. It is a preventive plan in which a person makes a conscious effort to recognize conditions, situations, and practices that may affect health positively or negatively, be it nutrition, exercise, or rest and relaxation needs. The effects of stress are cumulative, as are the effects of massage.
Why you should get a massage:
Massage reduces muscle tension and the pain it causes. Stimulates and tones muscles. It helps to relieve soreness and stiffness in muscles and joints and strengthens connective tissues. Massage therapy can also be effective in reducing low back pain.
Massage increases the blood supply to the nerves and brain. It stimulates motor nerve points, alleviates stress and tension and promotes a general sense of well-being.
An on-going massage regimen helps the recipient to identify and release tension causing factors on an on-going basis. Just as with the effects of stress, the effects of massage are cumulative and can be beneficial to chronic pain management.
Massage provides a change of pace so that the body and mind can relax and rejuvenate.
Massage reduces stress and excessive tension in connective tissues and provides for better performance when combined with an exercise and stretching regimen.
Massage increases the supply of blood to the skin; thereby nourishing tissues It improves skin tone, helps to flex facial muscles, and helps to keep the oil glands functioning normally.
Let’s look into some other forms of Massage therapy and some of the different ways you can benefit…
When you put your body in a position where your head is lower than your heart, then you are ready for inversion therapy. It can also involve putting your feet above your head as well, however, there are some inversion techniques in which the head and feet are both on the ground while the heart is elevated above the head such as a yoga position called the Dolphin Pose.
Being inverted can reverse harmful effects of gravity, therefore highly effective for treatment of back issues and pain, reducing stress, strengthening the immune system, joint issues, improving the nervous system, improving the mind, detoxification and so much more.
Today’s inversion therapy typically involves inversion tables or chairs, traditional yoga positions such as headstands, shoulder stands or handstands and hanging upside down using gravity boots. Some traditional yoga poses have become much easier through a new, popular form of yoga called aerobic yoga. When practicing this type of yoga you can use a soft fabric hammock that is suspended from the ceiling to make this much easier.
Deep tissue massage therapy focuses on the deeper layers of muscles and the fascia. The massage therapist will use firmer pressure in order to reach those important areas and enable them to release.
This type of massage therapy is usually recommended for those that are comfortable with a more intense touch. Deep tissue massage, however, can also have a gentle yet sustained pressure that will target the myofascial layer. Deep pressure doesn’t necessarily mean pain; the benefits of deep tissue massage are undeniable.
There are also benefits to lymphatic massage which enable the lymph system to do a better job. When you understand the anatomy and function, the massage therapist can help clear your body of waste, swelling and sluggish tissues.
Having access to a massage chair can provide some immediate benefits as well.
- It can reduce pressure on nerves and align the spine
- Helps maintain good posture and relaxes your muscles
- Improves circulation
- Relieves stress
- Helps stimulate the secretion of endorphins
Foot reflexology can be very beneficial as part of your massage therapy. This is an ancient healing technique that is based on reflex points on the feet that directly correspond to the body’s glands and organs.
These points are found on the upper part of the foot, toes, ankles and soles. Pressure is applied to these areas using hand, finger or thumb techniques. It not only feels good but also promotes good health. For those that don’t want to go to a spa for foot reflexology therapy an alternative could be buying a foot massager.
Tens therapy, which means Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation can provide massage therapy benefits as well. Using a tens machine it stimulates your nerves using an electrical current through your skin. It can provide modest short term pain relief when used as a part of a pain management program.
It is believed that pain is controlled by TENS therapy in one of two ways…
Sensory Level Stimulation interferes with the transmission of pain signals by the electrical input of the TENS machine blocking the way in which pain travels. Motor Level Stimulation causes the release of the body’s own opiate similar substances to gain pain relief.
Studies have shown that the TENS unit can increase the body’s production of endorphins, a naturally released painkiller. The TENS is a common treatment device in which electrodes placed on the skin causes an electrical current that decreases pain signals.
Decreases Pain Perception
Another form of massage therapy that provides benefits is electrical muscle stimulation. EMS forcefully contracts muscles through electrical impulses, similar in the way our brains do. When EMS is used properly it can provide improvement to our well being and health.
There are many health benefits to massage therapy…however, let’s not forget that it also…
Just Feels Wonderful!!