Benefits of a massage
Massage basically means pressing, rubbing and manipulating skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments & ranges from light stroking to deep pressure.
Types of Massage:
Swedish: A gentle form using long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping. It helps you feel relaxed and energized.
Deep: Uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue & commonly used to help with muscle damage from injuries.
Sports: Similar to Swedish but geared towards those involved in sporting activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
Trigger point: Focuses on tight muscle fibers that can form after injuries or overuse.
Counteracts continuous sitting: According to Aaron Tanason, registered massage therapist, kinesiologist and owner at Paleolife Massage Therapy , most individuals deal with some kind of postural stress & that stress tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck, but more advanced forms of postural stress show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteals caused by prolonged periods of sitting. Massage can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting.
Eases muscle pain: Massage increases and improves circulation. A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found benefits of massage therapy as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain.
soothes anxiety and depression: Human touch can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing. Women diagnosed with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and less angry, according to a 2005 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found depressed & anxious patients were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage.
Improves sleep: Massage encourages a restful sleep as well as helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest by promoting relaxation.
Boosts immunity: A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found massage boosts white blood cell count, which plays a large role in defending the body from disease. Additionally, it also “improves immune function for individuals with HIV,” says de Miranda.
Relieves headaches: Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension headaches. Research from Granada University in Spain found a single massage session immediately effects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.
Multiple other benefits from massage include:
Improve cardiovascular health
Lower blood pressure
Increase range of motion
Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea
There are some instances where massage may not be recommended, or a GP or specialist referral should be obtained, including (but not limited to):
if skin rashes, cuts or infections are present
if fractures or broken bones are suspected
if the person has a life threatening illness.
Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
Burns or healing wounds
Deep vein thrombosis
Broken bones (fractures)
A very low platelet count (severe thrombocytopenia)