Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Day 2799 - Wellness Wednesday - The benefits of massage

Do you have regular massage?

Part of my wellness strategy over the last 25 years has included regular massage. In fact, I've known my massage therapist for longer than I've known my husband.  It's safe to say we've become good friends.

I started getting massage back in 1994 when I was working in a job that had long hours, high expectations and involved stressful real-life issues.

My migraines were at an all time high and my body tension was way too intense for a girl in her mid 20s.

So I started getting a massage and have continued in a monthly capacity for the better part of 23 years.

Massage helps me get rid of the knots in my back, neck and shoulders which in turn helps reduce my migraines and keep a handle on my fibromyalgia pain.

I have been seeing the one lady for the entire time and if I do cheat on her with another therapist I end up disappointed because nobody can massage out my tensions like Joy can.

I opt for remedial massage to focus on my ailments and ensure relaxation.  My massages include reflexology on my feet and a touch of reiki. In more recent years she has become a Scenar practitioner and while I am open to bio-energy technology, nothing beats the hands-on relief of a good ol' fashioned massage.

Remedial massage focuses on the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management.  Unlike, say, Swedish Massage which focusses more on relaxation, or Sports Massage which simply treats and prevents injuries.

Thai massage is very popular right now and is not only hands-on but is often also feet and elbows-on as the therapist walks on your back, elbows your knots and pulls and stretches your body into all sorts of interesting yoga-esque poses. 

Chinese massage is quite a firm massage focussing on the acupressure points.  It's not overly relaxing given the pummeling that often takes place with karate-chop hands whacking you up and down the back.  I know some sports people love it for removing tightness and blockages.  

No matter what style of massage you opt for, regular massage has definite health and wellness benefits.  These include:

  • Relaxation
  • Relieves tension
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Headache management
  • Chronic pain
  • Digestive issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Improves circulation

Whether you're looking for relaxation, to reduce muscle tension, treat an injury or attain relief from chronic pain, the right massage can enhance your overall well being.

Do you have regular massages?

How do you deal with body tension?

What's your Wednesday Wellness health management tip? 


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