Relax Your Way to Better Health

Ready for some well-deserved pampering? A massage might be just what the doctor ordered. In addition to feeling great and giving us a break from the bustle of daily life, massages have therapeutic benefits. A combination of standard medical care and massage therapy can be the perfect remedy for many conditions, including anxiety and depression, joint pain, and digestive disorders.

If you’re considering a massage, keep your medical history in mind and talk with your physician if you have bleeding disorders, burns, or injuries. Since massages involve pressure and increased blood circulation, these conditions can worsen. Your doctor can also give you a referral for massage therapists, especially those covered by your insurance. If you do your own research, be on the lookout for licensed, experienced therapists and ask questions about session length, health concerns, and type of massage.
There are many massage styles, but popular ones are:

  • Swedish massage:

    The most familiar method, which uses gentle, long strokes and circular movements for maximum relaxation.

  • Deep massage:

    The use of more intense pressure to work deep layers of muscle and tissue often affected by injuries.

  • Sports massage:

    This style focuses specifically on treating or preventing sports injuries with Swedish massage techniques.

  • Trigger point massage:

    This style targets muscle tension resulting from daily activities or injury.

There’s also reflexology, a unique massage that is only done on one part of the body: the feet. But don’t let that fool you—the ancient practice focuses on feet because of their potential for full-body effects. Stimulating the roughly 7,000 nerve endings in your feet activates their role in the central nervous system, channeling the results of the massage to the entire body.

So schedule some “me time” today and feel the difference!

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