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Massage Envy shares tips on how to pick the right rub for you

Massages, for this Examiner, are a necessity not a luxury. After sitting at my desk most of the day pounding away articles, followed by strenuous workouts at Crunch, my body craves a good rub. And I do treat myself regularly as you should, too.

Now here's the rubs
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But not every massage is right for everybody, and the experts at Massage Envy one of the fastest growing chains of budget pampering spa, have created a list so you can match your needs with the right technique. The list was created by Massage Envy members in Columbus and contains comments by this Examiner. Here it goes:

Swedish Massage—this technique is not for athletic types or heavy-duty exerciserswho require deep penetration

  • Light to medium pressure
  • Loosens tight muscles and promotes circulation
  • Relieves chronic pain
  • Refreshes and rejuvenates

Deep-Tissue Massage –now that’s the rub for us fitness warriors

  • Relieves pain and stiffness
  • Loosens scar tissue
  • Focuses on repetitive injuries and pain

Sports Massage—also for those who ‘Crunch’, pump, jog and pound the treadmills

  • Reduces risk of injury in overused muscles
  • Benefits post-workout recovery
  • Improves flexibility and heals muscles

Prenatal Massage—for moms to be

  • Relieves headaches, back and sciatic pain
  • Increases blood flow
  • Improves sleep, reduces fatigue and elevates mood

Gentle touch technique using smooth, steady pressure: Geriatric Massage

  • Reduces pain and anxiety
  • Increases range of motion, balance and flexibility
  • Stimulates skin, muscles and bones

Cranial Sacral Therapy—I like to supplement this with a full body rub

  • Releases tension in head and neck muscles
  • Decreases stress from chronic injuries
  • Relief from head and neck pain, arthritis and TMJ

Reflexology—sometimes you can book this as an extra to your massge

  • Stimulates nerve endings corresponding to other areas of the body
  • Relief from stress, anxiety and other general body pains
  • Helps relieve plantar fasciitis and common forms of arthritis

Hot Stone Envy® this rub usually costs more and sometimes isn’t worth the money, if it’s done correctly, though there are lots of benefits

  • Relieves chronic pain, reduces stress and promotes relaxation
  • Decreases pain and muscle spasms
  • Relief from fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel and more

Trigger Point Therapy—sometimes this is all I want to get the aches out

  • Relaxes tight muscles to relieve pain in other areas of the body
  • Alleviates headaches and releases tension
  • Addresses chronic pain in neck and body

To schedule one of these massage therapies at a Massage Envy (and they are everywhere now) go to http://www.massageenvy.com/regions/OH/Columbus.aspx.

About Massage Envy Spa®
Massage Envy Spa headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is a national franchisor, founded in 2002, dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to members and guests with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations.

Be sure to watch the video for some massage tips for DIYers.