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Pamper Yourself: 7 Types of Massage We Recommend You to Try



Massage is the systematized manipulation of the body’s soft tissues with the purpose of normalizing them and give treatment of body stress or pain.


Massage is the systematized manipulation of the body’s soft tissues with the purpose of normalizing them and give treatment of body stress or pain. To do massage, the masseur/masseuse or therapist uses a variety of physical methods that apply with their hands, forearms, elbows, feet or even tools. The main goal of massage is to help our body heal itself and increasing wellness and freshness.


In general, massage has numerous benefits, including:


· Mental: fosters peace of mind; helps relieve mental stress; improves ability to monitor stress signals and appropriate responses; enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity.


· Physical: reduces muscle tension and stiffness as well as pain, swelling, muscle spasms, and blood pressure; fosters faster healing of strained muscles and stretched ligaments; promotes deeper and easier breathing; increases joint flexibility and range of motion; improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids; enhances the health and nourishment of skin; strengthens the immune system; enhances athletic performance by treating injuries during sport; alleviates discomfort during pregnancy and cancer treatment also rehabilitation post operation or surgery.


· Emotional: creates body awareness; fosters a healing of well-being; increases awareness of mind-body connection; reduces levels of anxiety; and satisfies needs for caring, nurturing touch


As we know, there are many different types in the massage industry, but here we can show you which type of massage is going to be the most needed for you.


1. GUA SHA





Definition and Benefits


Sometimes referred to as "scraping" or "coining", Gua Sha is part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that involves repeated pressed strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edged and blunt instrument. Before practicing this massage, our skin is typically lubricated with oil or balm. The tool used is commonly a ceramic Chinese soup spoon, well-worn coin, honed animal bones, or even with different type of stone including jade, rose quartz and stone face roller. Gua Sha is believed to release unhealthy bodily matter from blood stasis within sore, tired, stiff or injured muscle areas to stimulate new oxygenated blood flow to the areas, thus promoting metabolic cell repair, regeneration, healing and recovery. In addition, for facial practice, Gua Sha has an anti-aging effect and helps reduce the onslaught of whiteheads, blackheads, and the acne.


The Treatment


For body: the smooth edge is placed against the oiled skin surface, pressed down firmly, and then moved down the muscles or along the pathway of the acupuncture meridians, along the surface of the skin, with each stroke being about 4–6 inches long.


For facial: spray facial mist to hydrate your facial skin, then apply a face oil/serum; rub your hands to warm it up and then spread it across your face; hold your Gua Sha stone firmly, use it against your skin in a flat angle (around 15 degrees is advisable) within a light to medium pressure range; repeat each stroke for at least five times, you can do more as you wish; keep the pace slow and make sure you wiggle & massage with the stone after every stroke.


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2. REFLEXOLOGY


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Definition and Benefits

Known as "zone therapy", Reflexology is an alternative medicine which applies gentle to firm pressure on different pressure points of the feet, hands, and ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without using oil or lotion. It is perfect for those who are looking for relaxation or restore their natural energy levels and who don’t prefer being touched on the entire body. A reflexology massage normally lasts for 30–60 minutes.


Self-practice

The best way to enjoy reflexology massage is certainly with the professional therapist. However, you can also practice by yourself. Hands or feet, whatever is easiest or feels more comfortable for you, you can decide which part be the first you want to apply. Firstly, pick oil/cream/balm that have good scent, put some on your hand. It is also okay if you prefer without them. Secondly, rotate good wrist/ankle to the right and to the left that is a great way encourage mobility and to release stiffness, then start by gently squeezing your hand or foot to start to increase circulation. Thirdly, to start stimulating your reflex points, you will use a technique called thumb walking. Here you'll apply pressure to a point, make circular motions and then shuffle a small step forward. Please remember to only apply as much pressure as feels comfortable to you so that it is enjoyable.


These two pictures will help on doing your DIY reflexology treatments.


3. THAI MASSAGE


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Definition and Benefits

Thai massage – or Nuat Thai – combines both physical and energetic aspects that is used for management of conditions such as musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. Thai massage involves a number of stretching movements that improve body flexibility, joint movement, improve blood circulation throughout the body and also boost energy levels. One study found that Thai massage showed comparable efficacy as the painkiller ibuprofen in reduction of joint pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Thai massage lasts for 60–90 minutes.

The Treatment

Thai massage with Thai-style uses pressure points, muscle stretching and compression in a yoga-like rhythmic motion. Therapists use their hands, feet, elbows, forearms also knee and commonly using no oils, while the recipient lies on a mat on the floor also wears loose and comfortable clothing. Meanwhile, western styles of Thai massage are usually done on a couch and the masseuse may use aromatherapy oils directly on the skin in long, scooping and continuous strokes.


4. SWEDISH MASSAGE


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Definition and Benefits

Swedish massage may be the most familiar massage in the massage industry. Regarding to Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy, this massage is performed on the soft tissues that can improve relaxation and increase circulation. Swedish massage is ideal for those who are new to massage, are sensitive to touch, and have a lot of tension. It can help release muscle knots and also a good choice when aiming fully relax during a massage. Clinical studies have found that Swedish massage can ease chronic pain, tiredness, joint stiffness, and improve function in recipients with osteoarthritis of the knee.


Techniques

Swedish massage purposes relaxing muscles and joints without going very deep. It uses five styles of strokes, are: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber or with the fibers) and vibration/shaking. For this massage, you’ll remove your clothes, but you can choose to keep your underwear on. You’ll be covered with a sheet while lying on the massage table. The therapist will move the sheet to uncover areas that they are actively working on. A Swedish massage typically will last for 60–90 minutes.


5. ACUPRESSURE



Definition and Benefits

Acupressure’s technique is principally similar to acupuncture. In the treatment, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the aim of clearing blockages in the meridian flows in the body. Pressure may be applied by fingers, palm, elbow, toes or with various devices. Acupressure may be effective at helping manage nausea and vomiting, helping lower back pain, tension headaches, also stomachache.


The Treatment

During the acupressure session, you lie fully clothed on a soft massage table. The therapist gently presses on acupressure points on your body. A session typically lasts about one hour. For the best results, you may take several treatment. They are three points that are commonly used by acupuncturists and acupressure practitioners, namely:

· Large intestine: it is in the soft, fleshy web between your thumb and index finger.

· Liver: located on the top of your foot up from the space between your big toe and next toe.

· Spleen: it can be found about three finger widths above your inner anklebone.


6. MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE




Definition and Benefits

Manual lymphatic drainage uses a technique with gently work and stimulate the lymphatic system in order to assist reduction of localized swelling. About the lymphatic system, it is a network in our body that which consists of slow moving vessels that carries cellular waste toward the liver, to be filtered and removed. Lymph also carries lymphocytes, and other immune system agents. Thus, this massage is deemed to improve waste removal and immune function.


The Treatment

In lymphatic massage, it doesn’t work deeply and is not working with the muscles, but it’s working with the plane of lymph fluid. With lymphatic self-massage, you are working with the fluid layer under the skin, just above the muscle bed hence they work in the horizontal layer. Then, your lymph moves slowly and the valves in lymph vessels will open and close about six to twelve times per minute moving that fluid. Lymph strokes use the palm of your hands or the soft pads of your fingers as much as possible. This is how you’ll achieve the nurturing and comforting response associated with lymph massage.



7. LOMILOMI MASSAGE




Definition and Benefits


Lomilomi is a traditional Hawaiian massage. It uses a combination of massage techniques, nut oils, and occasionally with elements of prayer, breathing and dance to restore energy as well as soothing the body. Lomilomi is also known as the 'loving hands' massage. Lomilomi works from the belief that memories are not just stored in the brain and mind, but also in every cell of the human body. The long, continuous strokes of the massage are designed to help the body let go of its old patterns and behaviors, which can cause as many stresses and strains as muscle tension.


The Treatment


The massage works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, allowing the recipient to relax and give in to the nurturing touch. Lomilomi practitioners may also ask their clients to pray, meditate, change their diets, or take other action as part of their health improvement process. Some other practitioners also provide music that can be used to choreograph the flow of lomilomi, especially when it has sounds of surf in the music.

Whatever the type of massage you will have, it is important to be aware of the effect that will bring to you and your body. With so many benefits that massage treatment provide, we believe that all you get as aftermath is all about relax, calmness, and not to mention mindfulness will come along immediately.