After a long day or a rough week, we just want to relax. The mere sight of a soft bed and fluffy pillows simply looks calming. However, when the muscles are sore, not even the comfiest bed can ease it. The solution – get a massage!
What is a Massage?
A massage is a procedure of rubbing and kneading the muscles and joints of the body to relieve tension and pain. Traditionally, it requires the use of hands as a tool. Nowadays, modern techniques introduces additional use of gears for the treatment.
Having a massage is more than just relaxing and getting your body muscles fixed. Below is the list of benefits one can achieve:
- Increases circulation. Good and equal oxygen supply to all parts of the body is vital to being healthy. When the blood pathway is blocked, the body tends to use its defense mechanism causing pain.
- Reduces inflammation and improves muscle health. A common reason of muscle spasms comes from doing strenuous activities. Once the muscles become inflamed, it produces pain. A massage can help soothe out the pain and bring back the muscles to their rightful form.
- Boosts immunity. When the body is swell-free and relax, recent studies reveal an increase in the white blood cell count of the person hence improving immune function.
- Reduces stress. Stress and anxiety are always present in our lives. In fact, we cannot really avoid it but we can slash it down to a tolerable level through a massage. Studies show that the use of human touch aids the person to calm down which regulates the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the body.
- Enhances the mood. Regular massage helps boost the body’s ability to produce serotonin (hormone responsible for mood).
Types of Massage
This is a gentle massage using long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping. This is similar to the Traditional Hilot but differs with the strokes.
Shiatsu means finger pressure. This massage involves the use of finger or thumb pressure on specific acupuncture points to improve energy flow.
- Traditional Hilot
This massage originates from our ancestors and basically uses five strokes: Haplos, Hagod, Pisil, Pindot, and Piga. Recent adjustments combine traditional hilot and Swedish strokes.
- Hot Stone
This type of massage utilizes smooth heated stones rubbed on the body and placed on certain points to soften the muscles.
- Deep Tissue
Deep Tissue massage aims for the deeper layers and connective tissues of a definite area with slow and forceful strokes The most common area is the neck, shoulder, and back.
One of the best types of massage is the one involving reflexology. Some confused it only as a foot treatment but actually, it focuses on the reflex points of the hands, feet and ears. These reflex points correspond to a specific organ of the body.
Thai massage is an ancient healing system from Thailand combining the Indian Ayurvedic principles with yoga and acupressure. Most massages imply the use of lotions or oils. In Thai massage, lotions or oils are omitted and the person remains clothed during the treatment. Moreover, stroking doesn’t apply to Thai massage. In contrast, the body is compressed, rocked, pulled and stretched during the procedure.
Aromatherapy is a type of Swedish massage using oils and lotion containing essential oils. These plant-based oils come with different properties and target a specific effect. Commonly, chamomile and lavender induces a calming effect while Eucalyptus and tea tree oil gives off an energizing feel.
So what are you waiting for? Give yourself a break. Book an appointment today!