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Ashiatsu massage, its techniques and benefits

Ashiatsu massage, its techniques and benefitsWhile the Ashiatsu massage had been confined within the countries of Hawaii, Fiji, Japan, China, Thailand, Tonga, and India for more than three thousand years, it has grown in popularity in the present times. It has become popular on a global scale. Ashiatsu had been a homely practice for long time where family members massaged each other with feet on the mat or floor. It is now being practiced on the massage tables and studios. The original style was not as structured and the family members got creative and tried new and improved methods when they offered the massage. They brought new techniques and procedures into the Ashiatsu massage.

When Ashiatsu has just stepped out into the greater world, the massage therapists and practitioners seemed to have more interest in energy or Chi, rather than in comforting and easing muscle pains. According to traditional Ashiatsu,  people follow yin meridians’ flow coming from earth and yang meridians’ flow coming from heaven. The main focus is directed on the energy map of the body in the massage therapy. This is the reason why Ashiatsu was not originally considered a massage form. Rather, it was considered an art of healing that passed down the generations.

There are a number of benefits offered by Ashiatsu. This massage treatment induces deep relaxation and relieves stress. The massage also helps to free the tightened muscles and also stimulate the self healing abilities and immunity of the body.  The practitioners offer such massage which keeps the clients feeling stimulated and refreshed. The massage therapy is useful for athletic maintenance and for sports preparation too. This is because the treatment stretches and enlarges the large muscles. When the therapy is offered for a greater time or in a greater detail, it is able to warm up large muscles. The massage is especially effective on those that are muscular. However, there are no such restrictions or specified body types for receiving the Ashiatsu massage.

Ashiatsu is a deep massage of the tissues which gives the feeling of a quality workout and leaves them feeling relaxed and refreshed. Ideally, the Ashiatsu massage takes at least an hour, so that the therapist get enough time to massage the large muscles thoroughly with feet. The smaller muscles are massaged with hands.

The Ashiatsu massage offers other benefits, which include  reduction of stress, relieving the tight muscles, deep relaxation, and stimulation of the self healing abilities of the body. The massage requires the therapist to stand on the body of the person receiving the massage and move about on the body. There are overhead bars to facilitate a better distribution of weight. They use their feet in varied ways to control the weight exerted on different areas of the body. In general, feet are used to offer compression strokes to the larger muscles at the top and back of the legs.

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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. (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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