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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. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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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How Strength Training Can Be a Part of Anti-Aging Strategy

As we age, our bodies begin to automatically lose muscle. During our 30’s and 40’s, we lose about .5 pounds of muscle every year. After the age of 50, the rate of loss may double to about 1 pound of muscle per year. Strength declines with age as well at about 3 times faster than muscle mass. With the loss of muscle, our body fat percentage naturally increases. In addition, lower activity levels and a poor diet equal greater fat storage. Less muscle mass and higher fat levels lead to a slower metabolism. A slower metabolism means we burn fewer calories. The result: weight gain, increased fat, and higher risk of disease. Without intervention, we become a frail, older adult without the muscle or strength to support our own skeletal system.

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