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The Benefits of Massages For Athletes

Marathon runners at the starting line.Athletes are the ones who are completely dedicated to keeping their bodies at peak performance .  They need to be bigger, stronger, faster, more agile and etc . than the next person if they’re going to compete at the level they’d like to. Although breaking your body down and building it back up is a rather key component to the athletic world, not many people take into account how important massages are. Whenever you see a

football player getting stretched before the game or even worked on after the game has finished, the massage therapist (or sports trainer) working on them knows exactly what they’re doing.

They don’t get massages just for the fun of getting a massage.   Athletes take massage very serious as some even keep a professional massage therapist on their payroll.  Some people tend to think that massages have no positive effect on athletes, but those people couldn’t be further from the truth. These days anybody who is a sports fanatic will know that athletes need massages to keep themselves in peak physical condition, and we’re about to go through why they need these massages. In retrospect, you can’t blame them for enjoying a massage every now and then, even if it didn’t have positive effects for their field of work (although in this case it really does have a benefit).

What Are The Benefits?

Whenever an athlete feels like something is pulled or out of place (muscle wise that is), they automatically bring it up to their team massage therapist. There are a plethora of different massaging techniques to use on a person, but the therapist knows exactly which one to apply to certain injuries. On top of the loosening of tight muscles, massages actually help the cardiovascular activity of athletes as well.  The sport massage gets your blood flowing and gets you ready for whatever is headed your way next, which is exactly why athletes have the tendency to receive a sport massage massage before their events. The enhanced circulation of blood that you will be blessed with is really a god send.  It not only helps the blood move around your body quicker but it also promotes the relief of any muscle tension you may have.

Since shortening the recovery process of an injury is also important to athletes, massages play an important role in that respect as well. On top of the physical traits that a sport massage can bring to the table, there are also an abundance of psychological effects.

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What are the Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage?

Benefits of Thai Massage

You might be wondering what Thai Yoga Massage is. This type of massage combines a massage with yoga and deep stretching. It has become one of the more popular forms of massage around the world today because of its excellent benefits for those who have it performed. The person receiving the massage will be put into various yoga poses during the massage. This type of massage is particularly good for athletes who run or swim because of the repetitive motion involved.

Physical Benefits of a Thai Yoga Massage

There are various benefits of Thai Yoga Massage, specifically the one that helps boost the immune system and detoxify the body. Other benefits include relieving back pain and pain associated with arthritis. The massage will also help with blood circulation and lower the blood pressure of the person receiving the massage.

Some added physical benefits include the improvement of posture, balance, body alignments and gets rid of blockages to energy. This type of massage will also help  your immune system, strengthen the joints, and tone the body.

Psychological Benefits

Thai Yoga Massage will also provide the client with psychological benefits aside from the physical ones. These include improving the health of the client, develop self-control, develop discipline, boost the inner energy levels of the client and increase stamina.

Mental Benefits

One of the biggest reasons why Thai Yoga Massage is so popular is the fact that it provides mental benefits to go along with the physical and psychological benefits. Those who receive this massage will see an increased emotional balance in their life. The massage is also good for clearing and calming the mind of the client. Mental clarity is also a major benefit of the massage. It relaxes the client so much that he or she will find their mental abilities at an increased level.

To ensure that all of these benefits are met, the massage should last at least two hours. This will allow the practitioner to focus on all areas of the body. For those who have this type of massage performed frequently, their resistance to injury will increase each time. This is particularly important for athletes looking to remain as healthy as possible for competition in any sport. For those who want to improve their breathing during an athletic event, a Thai yoga massage will also be able to help in this aspect of life.

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Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy Massage

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Trigger points are small lumps or knots in your muscles that cause pain at that point and refer pain to other areas around the body.  Trigger points are caused when a muscle is overworked or injured through exercise, car accidents, improper posture, moving furniture, and other activities that can push your muscles beyond their capacity.

Trigger points can be treated through a variety of invasive procedures. Treatment procedures in a doctor’s office consist of injections from a selection of options: saline, anesthetic, steroids, and botulism toxin. While injections may provide immediate relief they carry high risks of soft tissue and organ damage. A better short and long term solution is trigger point massage and exercises that target strengthening your joints, which may prevent recurring trigger points. (more…)

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Role of Massage in Medicine

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Massage does play an all important part in medicine. But there are a number of medical professionals who doesn’t agree with this. Having all the kinks and knots worked out is much more than just mere pampering. It is all about improving the general health and assisting one to feel better, both physically and emotionally.

One cannot term relaxation to be a form of luxury. As far as emotional health is concerned, massage-inducing relaxation is actually quite good. It helps in reducing the stress and improving one’s well-being. Also, while one is letting go of their troubles to melt away, they are experiencing pain relief simultaneously. Therapy sessions on a regular basis can be of great help to those who are suffering from neck pain, back pain and muscle tension that one generally associates with a desk job.

Over the last few decades, numerous studies have exhibited that certain health benefits can be a direct result of massage therapy. Massage helps in reducing the symptoms such as asthma and carpal tunnel and has long been linked with improving the immune function in women diagnosed with breast cancer. Also, it also quite a known fact that therapy performed on premature infants increases their chances of gaining weight. (more…)

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Professional Massage Treatment for relieve from stress

relaxing professional massageMental tension has become of modern lifestyle by default. Mental stress initially causes discomfort and gradually develops into frustration. Over a prolonged period, it may lead to chronic pain and muscular issues. All these conditions can be relieved by Maria’s professional massage service, which provides relaxation and induces higher spirit.

The best advantage of massage can be obtained only when people let their minds loose off consciousness and attain comfort with their self-presence. Some people find mental liberation when completely undressed while others are comfortable with minimal clothes on them. The key to feel the benefits of massage is to think of masseuse as a service provider and not a stranger touching the body. Masseuses are trained to massage the body such that it relieves mental stress. Thus, she is obliged to put her expertise at service when a client books a session for professional massage.

Maria’s Professional Massage is carried out in a comfortable and warm room with pleasant ambience and inviting atmosphere. The table is padded to offer comfort and is covered with fresh sheets. Aromatherapy and soft music just make sure that calmness is properly induced.

People enter the massage room with all their concerns and worries but leave the room with fresh spirit and relaxed minds. All that benefit is just a call away from anyone and everyone. Appointment for massage can be booked by simple phone-call or a text message in case the former goes unheard when the professional is with the client. Last minute is also an option.

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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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