Wow where did January go? Some people really don’t like this time of year but I don’t mind it. The aftermath of Christmas and the nights getting a bit lighter just two weeks into January do help. To be honest it went really quickly for me as I have been very busy focusing on my marketing and trying to get super organised, hopefully, saving myself time later in the year.
So to February, and I thought this month I would cover a bit about massage. There are many different types and what do they all mean and do for you.
A definition of Massage Therapy
“The manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being”.
Massage therapy isn’t just a massage. There is a high level of organisation behind the pressure, strokes, and stretching. Throughout history, massage has been valued as a medicinal and therapeutic practice, with certain massage techniques catering to certain ailments. Here are just a few:-
Relaxation Massage – is exactly what the name implies, a full body massage strictly for the purposes of rest and relaxation. This massage is essentially the same as a gentle Swedish massage that uses smooth, gliding strokes. The primary purpose will be to help you relax, and the massage therapist will probably move at a slower pace and use light pressure.
Swedish (or Classic) Massage – is the best known and most widely practiced massage using medium pressure. It focuses on improving blood flow to the skin and muscle and removing muscle tension. Swedish provides generalised relaxation, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and enhances one’s overall state of health.
Aromatherapy Massage – is massage therapy with adding one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs. You can have oils that are relaxing, energising, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender. Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.
Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy – uses slow friction and deep finger pressure on body areas suffering from chronic muscle tension or areas that ache or feel contracted. This type of massage is useful for areas of hypertension, such as a stiff neck or sore shoulders. Deep tissue work works well in combination with traditional Swedish therapy.
Indian Head Massage – is a relaxing yet invigorating holistic seated massage which helps increase mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders. It improves blood circulation, lymphatic flow and aids elimination of toxins and is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension.
Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage – is a massage concentrating only on these key areas to relieve the buildup of stress and muscle tension in the back, neck and shoulders. Good for people who sit for long periods of time, i.e. at a computer or driving.
All massages should be discussed with your massage therapist first and all can be adapted to suit your needs at the time.
Massage – it’s good for us
Massage has mood-lifting, stress-relieving benefits. In a 1996 study Dr Tiffany Field found that when they were massaged, babies of depressed Mums were more easily soothed and had greater decreases in stress hormones. Works for grown-ups too!
Don’t be afraid to touch. Not that I’m suggesting you go around touching random strangers, but sometimes it just feels right – studies have shown it only has to be a second to count.
So, there you have it. Whatever type of massage you like/need – February is definitely a good winter month to have one.
To the readers of my Newsletter, there will be a special offer this month for massages, so do keep a look out.
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Many thanks for reading.
Keep warm and well this month