Varieties of Body Massages

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There are more than one hundred unique massage types available. Massages help in relaxation and reduction of stress which can only be performed by trained professionals. Here is a list of the most popular massage types:

Swedish massage Therapy

Among several massage types, this is most prevalent also known as massage therapy or Swedish massage. The massage therapists make use of kneading, smooth strokes and circular movements on muscle layers using massage oil or lotion.

Aromatherapy Massage

This is one extremely relaxing procedure where the massage therapists use essential oils from different plants that offer various advantages. These oils are balancing, stress-reducing, energizing and relaxing. It helps the person to feel absolute calmness by creating a soothing and charming atmosphere.

Hot Stone Massage

Smooth heated stones are kept on specific parts to warm the muscles and loosen them up. It might also happen that the person offering the massage might apply minute pressure with the stones. This is light massage and perfect for people suffering from muscle tension.

Shiatsu

This is a Japanese body work form where finger pressure is enforced on acupuncture meridians in rhythmic sequence. The points are held for 2 to 8 seconds which help in regaining balance and increase energy flow. Most people get surprised as the procedure is extremely relaxing yet involves application of firm pressure.

Apart from these forms there are a number of other types that can benefit people to an extent that is not even imaginable.

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Massage Therapy of Different Types

Massages are preferred by many people on a daily basis but most regard it as a luxury for the rich ones. However, massage therapy has some unique health benefits perfect for treating different health related conditions.

Massages of different kinds are available which can be effective in treating muscle soreness. But sometimes, choosing the right massage technique for different conditions can prove to be difficult for a person. With so many types of massages available, some people might think that a few of them are just for showing. This is not at all true as every massage comes with some unique benefits. Therapies of different types are offered by these massages. Some massages make use of long strokes whereas others make use of short strokes. There are massages that employ light touch techniques while others are based on applying extreme pressure. Continue reading

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A Massage in Need is A Massage Indeed

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Holidays are meant to be celebrated and not slept through. However, the reality is not as perfect as people would want it to be. Holiday relaxations become strange to body and mind as they their familiarity with fast paced daily-life continues during holidays too. The best treatment to prepare for holidays or stay fit during holidays is massage, which has multifarious benefits on humans’ bodies and minds.

Physical issues trouble people the most as they become hurdles in enjoyment of free time with loved ones. It is a definite fact that anyone would be more pleased during holidays if he/she does not have to suffer from body-aches. Hence a massage is the perfect option in order to get relieved off physical pains and aches. However, massages do not only work on the body like contemporary medicines, they also release mind of the tension that it might be in. Thus, while muscles and joints remain fit for highly spirited activities, mind remains ready to enjoy them. Continue reading

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Massage Treatment to Relax the Muscles

Massage A massage is considered to be the best remedy to relax the body. The main motive of a massage is to remove stress and tension from the body to make the person feel fresh. People often take some light massage and try to re-energize their body. But a light massage doesn’t do the job and you need to go through a deep tissue massage so that the muscle pain and tension are removed from their roots. It is said that deep tissue is best because it focuses on ligaments and underlying muscles. It reaches root of the problem and is way better than easy touches of light massage. While you take the deep-massage it slowly removes the knots through deep strokes in the larger muscle groups of the body. The main focus of a deep massage is to stretch the muscles and stop it from constricting. Continue reading

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Level 2 Thai Massage

Today is my 2nd day of training at the Orlando School of Thai Yoga Massage. A couple of weekends ago, in Level 1, I learned the basic format of the Northern style. This weekend, for Level 2, I am studying mostly Southern style, which is what was traditionally performed on the kings, queens and royal family members in Thailand. My instructor, Rob Murray, is demonstrating a few variations of the traditional poses in these pics.

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Thai Yoga Massage

Over this past year, I have been studying Thai Yoga Massage. I have over 65 hours of training in the Southern style through Dr. James’ Thai Yoga Center and Soma Veda Institute. Lydia Smith, the instructor, introduced the class to Southern Style Thai Massage as well as other complementary & holistic topics, such as Vitalism, veganism and Bio-Tapp therapy.

Over the past weekend I completed over 15 hour of Northern Style Thai Massage training at the Orlando School of Thai Massage from instructor Rob Murray. He is well versed with the Thai culture as well at Thai massage for he started giving him mother Thai Massages in Thailand at the age of 6. I am honored to have to opportunity to work with a native Thai instructor in Florida and am excited about my journey onward into the art of Thai Yoga Massage.

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My first out of town massage trip…

was 2 weeks ago to downtown Indianapolis, Indiana to work on a client of mine who is currently playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball team. It would have been great to walk around the downtown and explore all the shops, museums, race track and other attractions, but I was short on time. Between deep tissue, mat Thai Yoga and Swedish massage bodywork, I helped put him back on track. Hopefully he will continue to score many home runs for his team the remainder of this season.

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Can Massage Improve Sleep Quality?

Apparently massage can improve sleep quality!

There’s nothing quite like getting a massage. It can relax you, relieve stress, and ease aches and pains. Often, people fall asleep right during the session and wake up feeling refreshed and more relaxed than ever. However, did you know getting regular sessions could actually improve the quality of sleep you get all the time?

The power of touch can heal your body from physical injuries or just the general wear and tear of daily life. It can improve circulation throughout the body and ease conditions like arthritis. It can improve flexibility and make you feel generally better. While it’s not a cure-all, it could definitely reduce the symptoms of some illnesses and allow those with sports injuries to get back to their normal lives.

When you’re stressed out, it has a negative impact on your overall health. Your muscles tense up, you stoop over, you look and feel tired. But when you get a massage, your entire body relaxes. You let go of all the stresses you’re holding onto. It can even become a nice way to connect with your partner. You can learn more about each other’s bodies and comfort each other more effectively in times of stress and tension. Once it’s over, you can just drift off to sleep.

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Can Immune System be improved with Massage?

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When most people think of  massage, they think massage is used to promote relaxation and well being. And while this is certainly one aspect of massage therapy, it can also be used to boost the immune system. In fact, the regular application of massage can promote an increase in white blood cells, which are responsible for attacking foreign invaders within the body like infections and cancer.

It’s unclear as to what causes this reaction, and more study needs to be done, but preliminary research suggests a reduction in stress allows the body to heal itself more efficiently. When you’re stressed, your body produces cortisol. This hormone reduces the number of white blood cells in the body and leaves you more susceptible to infections and diseases. But if the cortisol level is reduced, the number of white blood cells increases, which also helps to improve immune function. Massage is thought to help accomplish this.

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Electro Therapeutic Point Stimulation (ETPS) Pain Therapy

I recently took a workshop locally in Clearwater on ETPS (Electro Therapeutic Point Stimulation)  Neuromechanical Therapy, an integrative therapy which helps  to  reduce pain by resetting the body’s autonomic nervous system.  ETPS therapy is based on biologically-sound EBM (evidence based medicine),  stemming from the concepts of acupuncture, modern neurology, microstimulation, structural realignment and myofasical release (muscular relaxation) techniques.  ETPS can produce superior results over traditional pain therapy techniques in less time by blending these practices.

ETPS utilizes a tool to apply non-invasive, concentrated micro-stimulation (CMS) in order to pinpoint areas on the body  which contain nerve impingement,  myofascial limitations and lessened  joint movement responsible for a patient’s condition.

There are 7 fundamental parts to the ETPS treatment protocol:

1. Rebooting the Autonomic Nervous System

2. Restoring body mechanics by releasing the masseter and TMJ and balancing out the sacrum.

3. Dealing with nerve root entrapment (Radiculopathy) by locating areas which contain it and treating it.

4. Releasing scar tissue.

5. Releasing myofascial tissue around the injured area.

6. Using Acupuncture points, balancing the energies.

7. Balancing out the Lymbic System, part of the brain that controls emotions.

By dealing with all 7 components, chronic pain, also referred to as Neuropathic Pain, which is caused by muscle shortening and manifests itself with inflammed tendons and reduced range of motion, can be effectively helped with ETPS.

     Source: Acumed Medical Ltd

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