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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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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Mother & Baby Massage Team

Me & Isis Massage TeamAs my regular clients know, I have had the good fortune of being able to continue massage during my entire pregnancy, up until the day I gave birth to a baby girl, Isis, on March 29, 2013.

My original plan was to have a friend’s mom babysit her or place into an infant care facility, but the babysitting fell through and the thought of placing her with a stranger in a facility this young didn’t seem as appealing after looking into it more.  Plus, I feel it’s important as a parent to get  bonding time  in with Isis as much as possible because she’s only a baby for a brief amount of time and I don’t want to miss out on it.

Now Isis is 2 months old, and has been my massage sidekick for 1.5 months now.  I appreciate both the loyalty and patience of my clients who continued to come to me for massages despite Isis’s crying and fussing at times during a session.  Now she and I have a routine worked out that is successful most of the times to where she is happy and the client can get a quiet massage. If she gets fussy in her bassinet,  I put her into the baby carrier and carry her on  me as I massage.  Normally she watches as I work or dozes off.  And as I said,  she’s  not guaranteed to be cry free during the session, because she is a baby, after all…

 

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Different Massages with Different Benefits

There is hardly any doubt about the fact that people like massage as it offers them the perfect relaxation and rejuvenation. Massages are part of different cultures and considered as universal practice.  Presently, there are several massage forms available each catering to the specific needs of people to help them relax and relieve the pain they suffer from. Here are a few of the most common massage forms that have earned huge popularity among people from all over the world:

  • Californian – In this procedure, essential oil is first applied on the body and smooth long strokes offer the ultimate relaxation. Too much pressure is not involved and this massage is best for people who want to spend some relaxing time on their own.
  • Esalen – Reflex points within the hand and feet are stimulated by targeting on specific points. With the assistance of this massage muscular function is increased along with flow of blood within the body.
  • Watsu – This massage form uses warm water where the client is floated in it and acupressure is applied to certain points. Apart from relaxation, the respiration is controlled which helps in relaxation.
  • Cranial Sacral Therapy – This massage is generally for the sacrum, spinal cord and head. Compression in these areas is released with the assistance of this massage. People who suffer from neck pain, headache, back pain and migraine are bound to benefit a lot is they undergo this therapy from some professional masseuse.
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Various Types of Massage: Part II

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In our last discussion, we talked regarding different massage varieties and the way they benefit the overall health of a person. Trained masseuse sessions alleviate muscle tension and assist a person to feel calm, relaxed and less stressed out. This is a great way to maintain healthy body and mind.

Swedish

Swedish massage is quite frequent where light strokes are applied on the muscles of the human body. Too much pressure on tissue is avoided and while it’s occurring, the recipient feels absolute comfort and relaxation. Scar tissues are broken down easily and generally help in relieving aches, pain and tension.

Neuromuscular Therapy

This massage focuses on relieving pain that mainly results from muscles sprains and nervous system. Posture difficulties, nerve compression and circulation concerns are treated with ease as focus lies mainly on trigger points.

Deep Tissue

Particular body parts affected with pain can get huge relief from this procedure. Sometimes, the recipient might experience pain while undergoing deep tissue procedure because pressure is specifically applied on affected areas including muscles as well as tendons. But after this massage form is finished, the recipient will probably get relief from pain and feel better.

Sports

This form is perfect for diminishing pain which results from injuries caused by recurring motion most commonly found in sports practice. The kind of involvement in the activity mainly determines the treatment as well as strokes that can be applied. Apart from that, massage of such type increases flexibility as well as help in prevention of injuries over long periods of time. It also helps in speeding up curing of sprains as well as muscle strains.

Chair

Majority of people would have witnessed this method being performed at many places. The present day hectic schedules take a toll on the body parts and this method relieves stress and tension within a few minutes. The person is seated on some comfortable chair while the professional massages different parts like neck, back, arms and shoulder. A huge expense is not required and the best part is that one feels rejuvenated and lively after undergoing this massage.

Here we have provided massage of various sorts which will no doubt benefit a lot of people in this world. In our next discussion some more types will be considered along with their unique benefits. This will assist people with to make an informative decision before they decide to head to some massage parlor.

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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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