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How to know the right massage for you

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As typical of things that arise, it eventually becomes wide-spread so the massage that was once a luxury item is now more common and provided by more places like spas, health clubs, clinics, hospitals, businesses, and airports. There are so many variations of different types of massage to choose from, that if there’s a specific need you may have then you can certainly find an appropriate massage for it.

You can’t possibly be accountable to know every type of massage there is or that is offered, and where they all derived from but you here are just some types of common massages that most people know of: Swedish, Deep, Sports, and Trigger Point massage. Don’t need too much work, then you’ll want to schedule yourself a Swedish massage for its gentle form of massage technique that uses long strokes, kneading, and strong circular motions, vibration and sometimes tapping to help relax and energize you and your body. For those needing more work for whatever the reason(s) may be, try Deep Tissue which uses slower, more forceful strokes to target deeper muscle and connective tissue layers- and this type of massage is commonly used to help with muscle damage from injuries or for correction. Although Deep Tissue massage may be used for sports players, there’s actually a specific massage dedicated to sports players- and that would be called the Sports massage. A sports massage is actually similar to the Swedish massage in that it’s geared toward persons involved in sporting activities for prevention, and of course to treat injuries. The other common massage type actually may not be that commonly heard of, and that’s the Trigger Point massage which focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

It’s unlikely for you to learn of every kind of massage there is, but you at least now have a reference point to begin your journey to an even healthier life. Anxiety, digestive disorders, headaches, fibromyalgia, insomnia relates to stress, soft tissue strains or injuries, sports injuries, temporomandibular joint pain, myofascial pain syndrome, paresthesias and nerve pain, and much more can be helped by massage. Of course there are plenty more issues that can be helped or cured by massage, but a massage is not to be a replacement for medical care- but it’ll do a lot more than you once knew.

Although massage is definitely beneficial, there are some negatives you should be aware of. In rare circumstances, massages can cause internal bleeding, nerve damage, allergic reactions to massage oils or lotions, and temporary paralysis. That just sounded like those drug commercials where they sneak in every possible health issue you can possibly have after taking the medication, but rather it’s just a mere warning because anything can be unhealthy for you if you’re not in the right shape to receive it. Despite its benefits, massage isn’t and shouldn’t be meant to be a replacement for regular medical care, and make sure to inform your doctor (if you may have any sensitive issues) that you wish to receive a massage- but be sure to continue to follow any standard treatment plans you may have already had.

Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day- but it’s good to properly educate yourself on what to do if you become sore. Well, first thing is to leave that alcohol alone, the second would be to take a bath, then the third would be to drink water, or more of it. But massage shouldn't ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable unless you have kinks to work out. It depends, there’s times when you should endure the pain because that’s how many kinks need to be manipulated out of your body but typically speaking if any part of your massage doesn't feel right or is painful, speak up right away. Communicate! Truly hearing and communicating are both a dying breed nowadays- with the offended one being the main offender of both of these.

Other risks to consider and why you would definitely want to consult with a doctor before EVEN scheduling a massage appointment would be if you have: bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication, deep vein thrombosis, fractures, burns, open or healing wounds, or severe osteoporosis or thrombocytopenia. You would also NEED to discuss the pros and cons of a massage with your doctor, especially if you’re pregnant, have cancer, or unexplained pain. See, it’s a MUST that you capitalize such words because people don’t listen very well, and this is when the messy communication starts.

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