There may be nothing quite as ahhh-inspiring as massage, a complementary therapy that not only helps you relax, but also can reduce stress, pain, and muscle tension. There are lots of different kinds of massage, but all have the common goal of improving health and well-being by manipulating and soothing your body’s soft tissue—skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The best-known Western type is Swedish massage, a gentle form that relaxes and energizes using stroking, kneading, and other manual techniques. In contrast, deep tissue massage goes deeper into the muscles and connective tissue, often to address muscle injuries. Eastern forms of massage include tuina (pronounced “twee-nah”), a 5,000-year-old component of traditional Chinese medicine, and shiatsu, a traditional Japanese massage therapy (shiatsu is Japanese for “finger pressure”). Both stimulate key acupressure points to balance chi, or energy. Lymphatic massage, or manual lymphatic drainage, is a gentle therapy used to detoxify the body and reduce lymphedema, which is swelling due to a blockage in the lymphatic system. People with invisible illnesses like fibromyalgia and Lyme who’ve found their way to a massage table have experienced relief from problems like pain and anxiety. No matter what illness you’re facing, it can feel pretty great to lie down for an hour and let your stress melt away (or trickle away—we know it’s not always easy to totally destress). If you’ve never had a massage before, here’s what to expect. Usually, you enter a soothing environment—a simple room, often with low lighting and perhaps a calming aromatherapy scent—and lie on a massage table. The massage therapist might use oil or lotion to make the hand-to-skin contact more comfortable, so be sure to mention if you have any ingredient allergies—there’s nothing worse than stressing about an allergic reaction while you’re supposed to be blissing out! And similarly, since the whole point is to relax and lower your anxiety, tension, and/or pain, be sure to speak up if anything else doesn’t feel good or right. Don’t worry, a good massage therapist wants you to communicate with them!
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I have no idea what to do anymore, my disability has gotten so severe I just constantly live in agony and I have no way to cope. I’ve tried therapy and medication for depression and anxiety for 7 years and none of it has helped. meditation, supplements, acupuncture, massage, even hospitalization and I constantly still think about suicide. how am I supposed to want to live when I always feel awful and none of the treatments for my condition have helped at all? can anyone help me?
does anyone have experience with craniosacral therapy and/or lymphatic massage for chronic headaches/lyme/mold/cirs/general detox?
Hi! I would like some suggestions on a lymphatic massage in Jersey city, NJ or NYC. I want someone who is gentle - my health is really great right now but I’m finding that any stress I have is sitting in my neck especially by my glands. Having some head/neck aches. I have a feeling I need to move these fluids so any suggestions are appreciated.
Hello! Traveling in San Fran and in need of a massage/ physical therapist to put me back in place. Popped my shoulder out pretty bad while sleeping in a terrible bed! Thank you
Has anyone ever experienced much more muscular pain and/or muscle spasms after physical therapy, massage, or stretching? This has been happening to me a lot more recently & I was wondering if anyone has ever experienced this before? Thanks!!!
Videos about Massage
TIME: Do Massages Have Real Health Benefits? Pain Reduction, Stress Relief And Other Health Perks
Books about Massage
The Complete Guide to Massage: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving the Health and Relaxation Benefits of Massage
Discover the healing power of massage therapy! With The Complete Guide to Massage, you can use the power of touch to soothe aches and wash away worries. Each page guides you through the time-honored practice with step-by-step instructions and photographs for massaging yourself and others. You'll learn the different strokes and movements within a massage as well as techniques for popular methods, including prenatal massage, Swedish massage, and trigger point therapy. Whether you're looking to relieve muscle tension, alleviate pain, or simply de-stress, The Complete Guide to Massage will help you uncover a whole new world of healing and relaxation.
The Healing Power Of Massage Therapy: Enjoy The Healing Benefits Of Massage Treatment As Medicine, As Relaxation, And As Physical Rehabilitation
Our ancestors from as long ago as the ancient times enjoyed the healing benefits of massage therapy as medicine, as relaxation and as physical rehabilitation. While in today's times it is more popularly considered as a relaxation and stress-reduction technique, it is also slowly gaining approval in the medical field as a complementary alternative treatment to traditional medicine. The next time you feel those common body aches and pains and mental stresses why not give massage therapy a try. It's usefulness and effectivity have been tried and tested from century to century. This is a comprehensive handbook describing the value of massage as remedy to the common cold & flu, digestive problems, and even to most chronic pains as fibromyalgia and arthritis. Appreciate also the wide array of massage techniques so you can decide on which style you can benefit in the most. There is a section devoted to discussion on training and education if you are interested in turning massage into a career or a legitimate business. Plus a whole lot more helpful information. Discover the ancient art of massage and experience a whole new method of healing!
The Complete Guide to Modern Massage: Step-by-Step Massage Basics and Techniques from Around the World
Massage is a natural method to relieve pain and reduce stress―and anyone can learn how to do it. The Complete Guide to Modern Massage offers an updated reference to learn popular techniques and feel the physical and emotional benefits of massage. From classic styles such as Swedish or Shiatsu to new favorites like Ayurvedic and Thai, this massage guide offers illustrated, step-by-step instruction to master techniques from around the world. Complete with massage practices for pain relief, you’ll learn how to heal your family, friends, partners, and even yourself of common ailments with your own two hands. The Complete Guide to Modern Massage includes: An introduction to massage that outlines the history and basic principles of massage and how they relate to modern practice. World-famous massage techniques that include Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Tui Na, Cranialsacral, Reiki, and more! Restorative applications for healing common ailments including headaches, neck pain, PMS, lower back pain, and more. Easy-to-follow guidance with illustrations, and simple step-by-step directions to master every technique. Give and receive rejuvenating massages with world-famous techniques and step-by-step instructions from The Complete Guide to Modern Massage.
Podcasts about Massage
Exploring Mind and Body: Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage
Born and raised in Calgary, I grew up participating in a lot of sports such as ballet, horseback riding, wrestling, rugby, and swimming. I have always enjoyed helping people which led me into the wonderful world of massage therapy. My journey in the massage world started with a 3000 hour massage program. I enjoy assisting people in learning more about their body and how they can live a healthy, fun life while preventing pain and injury. I enjoy doing therapeutic treatments on injuries and whiplash cases using traditional techniques as well as cupping and RAPID techniques. RAPID NeuroFascial Reset, is a new soft tissue, movement based, therapeutic technique that addresses the central nervous systems role in alleviating tension and restrictions within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Outside of massage I enjoy spending time being active and working with my dog and 3 horses. You can have results or excuses, not both -Arnold Schwarzenegger
- MassageTherapyLicense.org. Massage Therapy Modalities: Lymphatic Massage. MassageTherapyLicense.org. Massage Therapy Modalities: Lymphatic Massage.
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Massage Therapy: What You Need To Know. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Massage Therapy: What You Need To Know.
- Cancer Research UK. Shiatsu. Cancer Research UK. Shiatsu.
- PLOS One. Long term effects of manual lymphatic drainage and active exercises on physical morbidities, lymphoscintigraphy parameters and lymphedema formation in patients operated due to breast cancer: A clinical trial. PLOS One. Long term effects of manual lymphatic drainage and active exercises on physical morbidities, lymphoscintigraphy parameters and lymphedema formation in patients operated due to breast cancer: A clinical trial.
- Complementary Ther Clin Pract. Massage therapy research review. Complementary Ther Clin Pract. Massage therapy research review.
- Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Massage Therapy for Lyme Disease Symptoms: a Prospective Case Study. Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Massage Therapy for Lyme Disease Symptoms: a Prospective Case Study.