If you’ve never had a massage before, this blog post will help you gain a better understanding of what massage is, what to expect during a massage and the possible health benefits.
Massage consists of various techniques
Massage is the general term used for rubbing, pressing and manipulating muscles, skin, tendons and ligaments. The massage consists of various techniques, which range from light strokes to deep pressure.
Massage should make you feel calm and relaxed
A massage session lasts anything from 10 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage you book and how much time you have. Massage should make you feel calm and relaxed during and after no matter what type of massage you have had. If the therapist is applying too much pressure, please ask for lighter pressure. You may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. This likely to be uncomfortable while your therapist works it out. But if it becomes painful, please say!
Before your message you will be asked about medical history, symptoms and what you’re hoping to get out of the massage, eg; if you‘re seeking a relaxing or therapeutic/deep pressure massage. You will find that different therapist chooses different lotions and oils to reduce any friction to your skin during the massage. I personally choose to use liquid wax, in which I have different scents and textures depending on the treatment I’m performing. (Let your therapist know if you might be allergic to any ingredients!)
Helps to relieve stress and depression
Massage has so many benefits to your health and wellbeing, naming only a few of them bellow: Speeds up the healing process of soft tissue injuries.
- Decreases muscle tension.
- Eases muscular pains.
- Enhances circulation.
- Stimulates movement of lymphatic fluid.
- Improves joint mobility and flexibility.
- Releases endorphins, enhancing mood, therefore, helps to relieve stress and depression.
- Improves mental awareness
- Reduces stress hormones.
(Just writing this has prompted me to book in for a massage! Roll on next week for my own bit of R&R)
Improves joint mobility and flexibility
Regular massages can be an effective way to prevent injury, reduce aches and pains and maintain optimal heath mentally and for your body.
Take some time for yourself and book in for a massage, whether that be a sports massage to address those niggles or a hot stone massage to elevate stress and relax.