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Massage So Soothing and Beneficial

Updated on June 15, 2015

Get a Massage

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Have a relaxing massage

Relax with a Massage

Enjoy a relaxing massage.
Enjoy a relaxing massage.

What is Massage Therapy

Massage therapy includes a variety of techniques. Every massage therapist possesses a different touch.There are several goals for for a satisfying massage. It is of utmost importance that the massage therapist properly manipulates the muscles to reach the problem areas.

Most massages require you to take off your clothes, you are then wrapped entirely in a sheet or large towel. The only exposed area of your body is that where you are receiving your treatment. It is up to the therapist to create a warm and calm atmosphere for you to enjoy your massage. A variety of oils may be used during the massage which are often scented with soothing fragrances such as lavender, rosemary and other floral aromas. Some therapist put on soothing music to deepen your relaxation

About Massage Therapy

There are many massage therapy benefits to enjoy. The experience is not only relaxing and enjoyable, but therapeutic. There are over 90 modalities of types of massages to choose from; and selecting one that fits best with your particular needs is the main goal. There are some conditions and situations where massages are not recommended. Before choosing a massage therapist choose one who has been recommended by someone you trust and creates a comfortable environment for your massage.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most commonly known type of massage used today. The main purpose of this type of massage is to relax all muscles. The therapist applies pressure to the muscles and rubs in the same direction as your blood flow. The therapist may use one or five of the following type of strokes for stimulation of the blood: kneading, stroking, friction, tapping and vibration.

Massage Therapy Benefits

What are Massage Therapy Benefits?

Massage therapy has mental, physical and emotional benefits. First and foremost are the stress relieving properties that result from a thorough massage. Massage therapy includes a variety of methods; every massage therapist practices different techniques. Massage therapists generally use hands and thumb during the massage--though occasionally use forearms and elbows. The goal for a satisfying massage is to manipulate the muscles deeply by pressing and rubbing, and some therapists are quite a bit more gentle than others. A variety of oils may be used during the massage often scented with soothing aromas such as lavender, rosemary and other floral smells. Some therapist put on soothing music to further relax you.

There are many other modalities of massage and each one serves a different purpose. Many therapists will get certification in one or more of these specialties. For example sports massage that works well for athletes who use their muscles on a daily basis. Deep tissue massage works well for those who have injuries and are in pain. Trigger massage is geared towards specific areas in the body that are painful from accidents or injuries.

Massages are beneficial in managing anxiety and even depression. By relaxing the body through massage, often blood pressure will lower. Massage is also reported to help blood circulation. For those with past injuries repeated massages can help increase mobility. You will also find a reduction in headaches, back pain as well as arthritis and sore muscles in general. Enjoying a relaxing massage will help lower levels of hormones such as Cortisol.

Circulation is improved by the increase in blood and oxygen flow. As we age muscles often weaken, especially living a sedentary life. Repeated massages will help strength these muscles in many cases. Reflexology is a foot massage and the pressure points on the feet are matched with parts of the body. Very often the massage therapist can pin point a problem area on the feet and treat that part of the body that coincides.

Summing up the enjoyment and pampering effect of a soothing massage therapy will improve your mood, relax you and help you cope better with issues in your life


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      loveofnight 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      I have wanted to get a massage for many years but always put it off because I am so ticklish. I always thought that I would probably laugh through it and make the massage therapist angry. Maybe I will muster up the courage and do this soon, it definitely can't hurt. Thanks for an informative hub.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Massage Therapy Benefits great hub with many useful tips here on such a worthy idea.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you as always for your wonderful comments, votes and shares. Supportive people like you make my day..actually you make my day.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting and useful write up on massage therapy. Voted up as such and shared too. Massage is indeed a very relaxing experience both for the mind and body.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have never had a massage. I should really try it. My best friends daughter is a massage therapist. I would probably become addicted! This was very informative and interesting. I think I am going to give Monica a call. Voted up interesting and sharing!! Have a wonderful day! :))

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      dragonflyfla 5 years ago from South Florida

      Welcome to Hubpages :-)

      I didn't realize there were so many benefits relating to a massage. I always get one for stress release!