Massage therapy is a great way to relieve stress both physically and mentally and work out those pesky knots in your muscles. It will leave you feeling like a new person afterward. There are a few questions that are commonly asked when it comes to massage therapy. Whether or not it is right for you and what massage therapy entails as far as which therapist to choose or what treatments are done during a session.
How Does Massage Affect the Body’s Systems?
Massaging has many positive effects on the body that extend out to nearly all of the body’s individual systems.
- Massage affects the Circulatory System by affecting Venous, Arterial and Lymphatic circulation. All of these are affected by the pumping action when you are using your muscles to do activities as well as when you are relaxing. Massaging helps the Lymphatic flow by getting rid of waste, tissue build up and inflammation. It indirectly promotes arterial flow throughout the body tissue and also helps with nutrient delivery.
- Massage affects the Nervous System by helping decrease the strain on the nervous system. This is done by lowering the heart rate as well as decrease nerve firing. It helps with the parasympathetic response which has been known to help with insomnia. Massage Therapy helps reduce your time spent in “sympathetic overdrive”. This part of the Sympathetic Nervous system is responsible for the “Fight or Flight” response which is activated when the body perceives stress.
- Massage Therapy affects the Musculoskeletal System by enhancing circulation in the joints, bones and muscles. This will help get rid of the waste built up over time in your muscles and will increase nutrient supply to the muscles. An indirect effect of Massage Therapy is the effect it has on the healing process. Massage Therapy indirectly helps with the healing process of bones, muscles as well as soft tissues. Massage Therapy will also help you with your posture.
- Massage Therapy affects the Digestive System by helping with reflex stimulation of Peristalsis which is a series of muscular contractions that occur in the digestive tract. Massage Therapy also helps with the alignment of your spine which then in turn allows for better nerve feed to various digestive organs.
- Massage Therapy affect the Respiratory System by Improving Diaphragm function which allows for better oxygen flow throughout the body overall making you feel much better. Massage Therapy applied to the lumbar spine helps with nerve feed to your lungs. It also promotes deeper and more efficient breathing.
What Does a Massage Therapist Do?
A massage therapist is the person who will be doing all of the actual massaging. They will make you as comfortable as possible, explain what they will be doing during the session. There job is to use their touch to manipulate your muscles and other soft tissues in order to help relieve your body and mind of stress. Their work environment will include a variety of different settings ranging from spas, clinics, physician offices, hotels and even fitness centers. The requirements for becoming a massage therapist vary from state to state, but the majority require to to be licensed and/or registered and have at least 500 hours of training and study experience before working in a facility and taking their own clients. The majority of massage therapists make around $39,000 a year as of May 2017.
When is it a Good Idea to Get a Massage?
Getting a massage is a very soothing and relaxing experience that will leave you very satisfied. The first thing you should think about when asking yourself if you should get a massage is when the last time you had one was. If you haven’t had one for over a month, year or even ever in your life you should consider going in and getting one. If you are someone who is in some sort of athletic training, getting a massage regularly is an excellent idea. It will help you with your body in all types of ways as well as your mental health.
If you are experiencing any type of pain in your neck or back it may be a good idea to go and see a massage therapist. They will be able to get any kinks or knots you may have out of your body and get you feeling back to normal. If you are someone who is experiencing headaches, going and seeing a massage therapist is probably the right option for you. These are trained professionals and are able to help get you feeling tip top with their magic touch. If you are having trouble sleeping or you can’t stop being stressed out, it is time to consider massage therapy. All of these symptoms can be solved by an appointment to your local massage therapist. Here in Idaho Falls we have a large variety of different massage therapist who cover many different types of massage therapy. You can’t go wrong with any of them and the great new is that they are only a call away. And they won’t hesitate to get you in and treat you so that you can get back to feeling like your old self again.
What Type of Massage is Best for You?
There are many different types of massages depending on your needs.
Swedish Massage– This style of massage focuses on the full body. It is an excellent choice if you are a first timer, have a lot of tension or are just more comfortable with a sensitive touch. This massage will usually take between 60-90 minutes. It will involve a number of different techniques such as kneading, circular motions, long, flowing strokes in the direction of the heart, vibrations and tapping, etc.
Hot Stone Massage- Just as it sounds, this method is used with a hot stone. This method is typically used for people who are experiencing muscle pain or tension. It is very similar to the Swedish Massage, but unlike the Swedish massage, the Hot Stone massage is used with the aid of hot stones instead of hands. This type of massage is an excellent source of relaxation, ease of pain, muscle tension, and stress relief. It is an excellent choice if you are unsure of which kind of massage you want.
Aromatherapy Massage- This is a great choice if you are looking for emotional healing within your massage. This type of massage can help boost your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, relieve muscle tension and even reduce feelings of depression. It involves a soft gentle pressure with the use of essential oils. The therapist will usually decide which oils to use, but they are always open to switching if you have a preference.
Deep Tissue Massage- This type of massage is similar to the Swedish Massage, but with much more pressure. Your therapist will use long deep strokes in order to reach the deepest layers of your muscles to relieve tension and pain. During this type of massage you can either be naked or just wear underwear. This type of massage will be intense, but you should leave without any pain or soreness.
Whatever you may need, whether it’s for chronic pain or just relaxation, massage therapy can help make you feel great again. Having a trusted and trained massage therapist is key in getting a great massage and Untapped Health, Fitness and Recovery only employs the best.