The Health Benefits of Massage Therapy for All
Massage therapy has been in use for many centuries. Massages offer many health benefits, including improved flexibility, an increase in strength and a boost to your circulation.
Getting a massage feels good and helps you relax, but did you know that massages are actually beneficial for your health? Massages have been practiced for centuries and while our ancestors did not have the medical knowledge to back up what they were doing, the basic massage techniques they used have now been proven to offer a range of health benefits.
Massage, whether by hand, water or on adjustable massage beds, offers many benefits, including:
Increased strength and flexibility
Relief from pain
Reduced tension on joints
Increased mental wellbeing
Massage Therapy For Athletes
Athletes, in particular, can benefit from massage. When muscles are massaged, the tension in them is reduced and circulation to that area of the body is improved. This helps to reduce fatigue, flushing out tensions and boosting the flow of blood to the affected muscle.
Massage helps muscles to relax and recover from prolonged exercise. In addition, it helps to increase flexibility, thereby reducing the risk of injury. If you are already injured, then massaging the damaged muscle (once it is sufficiently recovered) helps to speed up recovery and prevent some of the loss of muscle tone that would typically come from keeping a muscle immobile for a prolonged period of time.
What Makes a Good Massage?
Giving someone a massage may look easy, but there is more to a massage than rubbing or kneading at a muscle as if it were a ball of dough. A trained masseuse knows where to focus on when performing a massage and also knows how much pressure it is safe to apply. As an untrained person, attempting to give a deep tissue massage would be dangerous. It is not a good idea to attempt to perform anything other than the simplest massage work without training.
If you want to enjoy a full deep-tissue massage, seek out a trained physiotherapist or massage parlour. If you are happy with a gentler massage, try a hydrotherapy session or spend some time in a modern massage chair.
The best time to get a massage is when you are already warm and relaxed, however you can use a massage as a warm-up for a sport if you wish. Getting a massage after a sporting event is also a good choice because it helps you to cool down after playing your chosen sport. To enjoy the full health benefits of massage, it is important to book regular treatment sessions. This is especially true if you are trying to improve your posture, reduce tension on your joints, or otherwise repair damaged muscles through massage therapy.
If you do not have the time to travel to a spa on a regular basis, why not try massages at home? Adjustable massage beds offer most of the benefits of traditional massage and are convenient and affordable.
Keira Rose is a personal trainer and health blogger from Newcastle. She uses adjustable massage beds to help her clients recover between training sessions. Massey is a big fan of yoga, massage and pilates and believes that relaxation is an important part of fitness.