In an article by the Mayo Clinic Massage benefits can include:
- Reducing stress and increasing relaxation
- Reducing pain and muscle soreness and tension
- Improving circulation, energy and alertness
- Lowering heart rate and blood pressure
- Improving immune function
- Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping. It helps you feel relaxed and energized.
- Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It's commonly used to help with muscle damage from injuries.
- Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it's geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
- Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
- Ask your doctor or someone else you trust for a recommendation. Most states regulate massage therapists through licensing, registration or certification requirements.
Don't be afraid to ask a potential massage therapist such questions as: Are you licensed, certified or registered? What is your training and experience? How many massage therapy sessions do you think I'll need? What's the cost, and is it covered by health insurance?
Lets face it our body’s need relaxation as well. Getting help to release the tension in our muscles will leave us feeling like a whole new person. Get rid of your thoughts that Massage is only to help you feel good. There is are huge health benefits that come along with it. But think of it this way, with all that we do in the day to help others. Don’t you think it’s time to do something for you? Why not, your worth it!