We all know massages feel great, and we all [hopefully] know it’s important to take time to do nice things for ourselves – and massage is one of the best ways to say “thank you” to your body!
But beyond that, massage has long been considered to be a part of alternative medicine but is increasingly being offered alongside standard medical treatment for a wide range of conditions and situations. This is due to the fact that people show significant increase in their health and wellbeing after adding massage therapy to their regular routine.
The benefits of massages include:
- Reduced stress and increased relaxation
- Better quality of sleep
- Reduction of pain, inflammation, and muscular tension
- Improved circulation, energy, and alertness
- Decreased heart rate and lower blood pressure
- Improved immune system functions
Still wondering why massages are good for you? Studies have also shown that massage therapy also helps to alleviate:
- Digestive disorders
- Stress-related insomnia
- Low back pain
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue injuries
- Sports injuries
- Pain in the temporomandibular joint
- Neck and upper back pain
Beyond its benefits for specific conditions or illnesses, many people simply enjoy massage because it brings feelings of care, comfort, and connection.
Massages used to be available only at luxury spas and high-end gyms. Nowadays, massage therapy is offered in clinics and hospitals, onsite at companies and even in airports. Massage therapy can be a powerful tool to help you take responsibility for your health and wellness.
If you have never gotten a massage and are thinking, “What massage should I get?” See below to learn which massage techniques are more suitable to you:
Swedish Massage: A gentle form of massage using long strokes, kneading strokes, circular strokes, vibration and tapping. Helps you feel relaxed and energized.
Deep Tissue Massage: This massage technique uses slower, stronger strokes to reach the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It is normally used to help heal muscle damage from injuries.
Sports Massage: Similar to the Deep Tissue massage, but it is aimed at people who participate in sports activities to help prevent or treat injuries. Stretching is also used with this technique.
Trigger Point Therapy: This massage focuses on the sensitive knots/scar tissue/fiber adhesions that can form in the muscles after injury or overuse. These sensitive knots can trigger pain in different parts of the body, hence the name “Trigger point.”
At Healing Hands we tailor each session according to the client’s specific needs and can accommodate all types of requests. Whether you are looking to completely “bliss out” or want to target a specific issue, we encourage open communication with the massage therapist to ensure you get the most out of your massage session. Book with us today and try our Healing Hands!