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What You Need To Know About Massage
Healthcare providers define pain in any way that their clients can describe their pain to them. Pain, at times, can be a blessing, although it's usually a very unpleasant and excruciating blessing. Though pain can be described as a blessing, this does not mean that it’s a good idea to just wait for it to perform a miracle and go away on its own because ignoring pain can end up making it worse. Pain is a blessing to the body because it's the only way your body can communicate with you in order to let you know that something is not normal.
When you have a sudden pain in between your shoulder blades, your body is usually trying to tell you to do something about the pain like adjust your posture, take a break and step away from your computer, or maybe even get a massage in order to reduce the stress on your shoulders.
Though of course, everyone's life is in constant movement and many people find themselves in a position where they think that they’re too busy so they’ll just do it tomorrow. With this kind of procrastination, you never find time to deal with your aches and pains. Though it may sound tedious, picking up the phone and making an appointment for a massage might be just what your body needs. Even with just one hour massage, your body will be completely relaxed, and you will enjoy the time off from all the chores and bills and daily life things that weigh you down.
It's also common knowledge that the body heals the best at night, or during sleep or relaxation, so once you achieve that dream state, your body will start to focus on working out the tension and stress it's been undergoing. The resulting massage will definitely end up paying itself off by repairing your body and helping you feel fresh and ready to go for the next day.
If you've ever been given an offer for a deep tissue massage, there are a couple of questions that might have sprung to mind. What is a deep tissue massage? Does it hurt? What does the massage do for your body? If you’ve ever asked these kinds of questions and never gotten an answer, then continue reading this article.
A deep tissue massage focuses on really getting into the body's deeper muscle layers and structures, such as the various ligaments and fascia. This does not mean that the massage will be painful to the client in any sort of way.
Considering the deep tissue massage is exactly what it sounds like, the therapist will need to make sure your body's surface muscles and layers will be warmed up first. Like most massages, this is an important and necessary step to prevent any pain or damage to the outer tissues. A deep tissue massage is mainly focused on the part of the body that is creating a problem, which leads to the therapist's idea of applying more pressure to that spot with strokes that go against the natural grain of the muscles. The therapists' strokes will be slower than usual and the client will be urged to relax and breath a bit more deeply than usual in order for the therapist to access the deeper muscles in your body comfortably. The additional use of glass, ceramic or even wood tools to work with the use of a therapist's elbow could have an even better and more successful effect on the body. If there's a certain joint that needs more attention because of the issues with it, therapists might try to ease the tissue by pinning the area and moving it just slightly.
Some muscles tense up just by doing the same things daily, or even from just not having the best posture. When these muscles tense up, it creates a metaphorical wall for the oxygen and nutrients to be blocked from, causing pain from buildup and tense muscles. The deep tissue massage breaks down the area of the block and frees the nutrient blockup by realigning the tissue, causing the muscles to be less stressed.
As a forewarning, some people do feel sore the next day after their massage, however, it's not a permanent pain and should disappear in a day or two. Another recommendation after the deep tissue massage is to be hydrated, and engage in a Epsom salt bath to draw the toxins out and de-stress your body even more. Please remember that after a deep massage your muscles will want and need to rest, so it's suggested to not engage in any strenuous activities.