Massage therapy works by soothing soft tissue and encouraging relaxation. Massage can successfully treat a range of disorders, including back pain, anxiety and high blood pressure. Different types of massage include: aromatherapy, massage for babies, relaxation massage, deep tissue massage and hot tissue massage.
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Health Benefits of Massage
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
Additional benefits include:
Reduced muscle tension
Stimulation of the lymphatic system
Increased joint mobility and flexibility
Heightened mental alertness
Reduction of stress hormones
Speedier healing of soft tissue injuries
Reduced anxiety and depression
Types of Massage
This is the most common form of massage to be requested by clients. The overall goal of a relaxation massage is to help an individual relax especially if they are experiencing excessive stress or anxiety or other symptoms.
A relaxation massage is intended to promote general relaxation and improve an individual’s comfort. It can also help decrease body tension and help one’s mental well-being.
Deep Tissue Massage
With deep tissue massage, the primary aim is to relieve severe body tension within the muscles, connective tissue and the fascia. Deep tissue massage differs from relaxation massage in that the target is layer of muscles beneath the the top surface of muscles. Direct, deeper pressure is applied to the muscles either following or going across the muscle fibers or tendons.
For those seeking deep tissue massage, it is recommended that continuous massage, coupled with a stretching and/or exercise regimen, and postural improvements will improve the odds for better results.
Baby massage can help to treat constipation, colic and sleeping problems. Studies have found that regular massage helps premature babies to gain weight at a faster rate.