I have zero patience and no chill. Whether I go to get my BP checked, leave my phone with my mom, visit the new places or get my aura read. My mental edginess manifests itself in my physical posture as well. I often hunch over my keyboard with all tensed up. I shiver when getting enraged. So, I always have to hear the same thing, ‘Calm Down’, and I hate listening to it. But one day, I realized as much as I hate listening to ‘Calm Down’, I should look for ways to get rid of my woe. That’s I way when my therapist told me about relaxing massage and its many benefits, I could not say ‘No’. I was pretty amazed by the experience of massage therapy I received. So, this week, I thought to throw some light on massage therapy in my pursuit of sharing is caring.
Advent and Advancement of Massage Therapy:
Massage therapy is deep-rooted in Indian origin. Many early folks like ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks, and Indians were already well introduced to the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to cure a variety of health conditions. But now, we can witness the burgeoning popularity of massage therapy even in the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), and other parts of the world.
Gone are the days when massage therapy used to be available only at upscale health clubs, luxury spas or massage studios. Now, it is widely accessible at hospitals, business offices, medical clinics and even airports. Be it India, China, UK, USA, Greek or any other country on the global map, massage is available at every corner of the world. Thanks to its multifarious advantages!
What Is Massage?
Massage is a therapeutic way to promote both mental and physical wellness. The therapy helps alleviate pain, reduce stress, offer relaxation and promote wellness. People also get a massage service for comfort, well-being, and relaxation. Indeed, massage is a great way to give yourself that much needed ‘Me Time.’ I give it to myself once in a while and feel like floating on air. In massage therapy, the therapists rub, press, tap and use other techniques to manipulate the muscles, ligaments, skin and tendons of your body. The therapist uses different kinds of massage oils like Coconut oil, Olive oil, Lavender oil etc.
Types Of Massage Therapy:
There are various types of massage aim to focus on different body parts or healing approaches such as:
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Swedish Massage
- Thai Massages
- Hot Stone Massage
- Sports Massage
- Trigger Point Massage
- Pregnancy Massage
- Aromatherapy Massage
- Shiatsu Massage
- Potli Massage
Benefits Of Massage Therapy:
The benefits of massage therapy are endless. Whether it is during a stressful day, after an exhausting workout or just for giving yourself a little self-care, massage therapy is the best choice to de-stress, unwind, relax and gain a lot more.
Here are the ten most common benefits of massage that you can expect to get:
1. Relax Your Brain And Body:
One of the most important reasons to give yourself a day at a massage studio is that it helps you unwind and de-stress both in the brain and body. A relaxing day at a spa or massage studio will make you feel relaxed for days or weeks!
2. Improve Blood Circulation:
Since a licensed massage therapist uses many techniques or strokes to lose your muscles and tendons, it improves blood circulation throughout the body. Not to mention, improving blood flow has a lot of skincare, hair care and self care benefits, including pain management, improved skin conditions, relaxed soul and reduced fatigue.
3. Relieve Chronic Pain:
A massage is an excellent approach for those who deal with arthritis, chronic pain or stiffness in their back, neck, leg, arms or body. It is because massage oils have the proven benefits of dealing with body pains. A registered massage therapist uses specific massage strokes to accurately target the pain points and help you get relief from inflammation, sore muscles and painful joints.
4. Increase Flexibility:
Since massage is a therapeutic way to loosen and soothe muscles, it helps your body be more active, flexible and achieve its full potential of movement.
5. Relieve Headache:
Who doesn’t know the calming benefits of massage in reducing headache or migraine pain? So, the next time a headache hits you, try taking massage therapy. It will help decrease the severity and frequency of tension headaches.
6. Improve Skin Conditions:
We all know that many massage oils like coconut oil, olive oil, lavender oil are also enriched with the goodness of moisturizer, making the skin soft and supple. So, massage therapy not only makes you feel physically and mentally relaxed but also help with skin conditions. Thereby, people who suffer from skin problems like acne, eczema, psoriasis, striae or simply dry skin, can benefit a lot from massage therapy.
7. Stimulate The Senses:
Massage is an excellent approach to connect to your mind, body and soul. In this fast-paced scenario, we don’t have enough time to associate with ourselves and live in the moment. In such a case, massage therapy can be a great technique to stimulate your senses and feel more connected with your body. It is a great feeling!
8. Boost The Mood:
If you have ever had massage therapy, you would know that it helps you forget all your worries and live in the moment. It makes you calm, relaxes the mind, stimulates the soul, glams the skin and boosts your mood. Combined with essential oil, this elevates the experience.
9. Improve Sleep:
Who doesn’t want sound sleep? Aren’t you? After all, taking quality sleep has numerous health and skin care benefits. So, why not give yourself a relaxing day at a massage studio to improve your quality of sleep? A massage stimulates your senses, boosts your mood, soothes muscles, reduces fatigue, alleviates pain, makes you feel relaxed and does a lot more. Going to bed with loosened muscles and a relaxed body promotes good night sleep, and you feel fresh the following morning.
10. Alleviate Anxiety:
If you often feel stressed or depressed, a little massage now and then at a spa is a must for you. Why? Because it helps to release endorphins in your body, making you feel at ease and energized. A massage therapist often recommends adding essential oils into the massage oils for alleviating stress and anxiety as an essential oil comes with soothing and rejuvenating effects. A massage paired with essential oil is a match made in paradise to ease your mental state.
Why Use Essential Oil In Massage Therapy:
Heighten your massage experience with essential oils. Using essential oil in massage is a great way to get the full benefits of your massage session because an essential oil massage comprises all the goodness of regular massage oil as well as packed with the added self care benefits of essential oil. Getting an essential oil massage is just a heavenly experience! It helps stimulate senses, improve skin issues, ease anxiety, alleviate pain, and even relax you. Essential massage oil is just turning increasingly popular in recent years.
There are dozens of essential oils. You can use any one of them as per your choice and needs.
- Calming: Lavender, Chamomile, Frankincense, Bergamot and Geranium Oil
- Energizing: Rosemary Oil
- Uplifting: Clary Sage, Ylang-Ylang, Rose, Bergamot and Neroli Oil
- Decongesting: Pine, Eucalyptus, and Tea Tree Oil
- Healing: Lavender and Bergamot Oil
- Soothing: Geranium and Coriander Oil
- De-Stressing: Bergamot
While pain relief and relaxation are the most common upsides of massage therapy, essential oils take both these benefits to the next level. Essential oils are world-known for aromatherapy and their countless other properties like rejuvenating, uplifting, calming, refreshing, glowing etc. Using essential oil in massage is like popcorn at the movies; not necessary but will make the experience better.
Massage Therapy Considerations:
Sure, massage is an excellent way to relax, but there are some instances where massage therapy may do more harm than good. These instances include but are not limited to:
- During pregnancy
- When you have skin issues like eczema, cuts, rashes, or infections
- If you are dealing with fractures or broken bones
- Have bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning drugs
When dealing with any of these conditions, you should consult your health care provider before undergoing massage therapy.
My Experience At A Massage Studio:
Heading to a spa or massage studio is always a pampering treat for all. But for me, it is a big boost to my physical and mental health. The massage therapy relieves all my exhaustion and ailments – from physical pain to mental anxiety. Now I’m determined to supplement my healthcare and skin care regimen with regular massages so that I can relish some relaxing hours at a spa as well as enjoy its rejuvenating afterglow throughout the week. Massage therapy has minimal to no side effects. If you haven’t experienced its bliss before, it is something you must consider now.
By pairing the multiple benefits of massage therapy with the right kind of massage oil, you can improve your overall health and wellness. The only way to experience the bliss of massage is to schedule one for you. So, why wait? Give yourself that much needed ‘Me Time’ now. You deserve it! A little pampering now and then will not hurt but help heal yourself from the inside out.