Body Massage Therapy

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About Body Massage Therapy

Body Massage Therapy is a form of healing.   The body can benefit a variety of health-related aches and pain as well as reduce stress, relax tensed muscles caused by anxiety, worries, and fatigue.  Massage can rehabilitate a person who had a stroke and paralyzed part of the body.  It has been clinically proven that massage can improve the immune system, reduce inflammation, and improve sleep.  Muscle knots feel lumpy and hard are common but commonly doesn’t mean they are normal or harmless.  Stress and tension, injuries related to lifting, repetitive motion, and poor posture do cause muscle knots.  The therapy treats muscle knots that sometimes can affect circulation and cause pain.  It will loosen up muscles, increase blood circulation, relieve pain, and stiffness.   Types of Massage:  1) Swedish  2) Shiatsu   3) Hot Stone   4) Reflexology   5) Thai    6) Deep Tissue

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage therapy is a whole-body massage designed to relax the body, muscles, and joints.  The method used is rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage therapy is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood.  Moreover,  it decreases muscle toxins, improves circulation, and flexibility while easing tension at the same time.  A study by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in the stress hormone cortisol levels. A decrease in arginine vasopressin-a hormone can lead to increases in cortisol.  Those volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system.

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu massage is great for treating common conditions like headaches, sleep disturbances, stress and anxiety, muscle pain, and stiffness, as well as pregnancy discomfort.  Moreover, Shiatsu massage works wonders for general health and wellness. Shiatsu therapists use firm pressure on the meridians (specific points of your body) and muscle manipulation techniques using not only fingers but also elbows, knees, and feet. The use of pressure is to release tension.

Hot Stone Massage

A hot stone massage involves flat basalt stones being immersed in hot water. The stones are also available at a store and come with a special cloth pouch that can be plugged into an electric outlet to make the stones hot. The massage therapist places the hot stones on specific points or parts of the body.  The localized heat and weight of the stones warm and relax muscles.  Thus allowing the therapist to apply deeper pressure to areas without causing discomfort.

Reflexology

Reflexology is the manipulation of tissues to relax the muscles, relieve tension, and improve circulation. This therapy uses a targeted, pressure-point massage to restore the flow of energy throughout the body. The treatment usually focuses on the feet but can also include the hands and ears. The massage improves nerve functions and brainpower. I love reflexology the best at it deeply relaxes the body.

Thai Massage

Thai Massage is also called a “lazy person’s yoga.” It employs stretching, pulling, and rocking techniques to relieve tension and enhance flexibility and range of motion.  The therapist uses hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches.  S/he applies deep muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure.  Use of energy work, which, according to ancient Asian culture, treats the subtle energetic field within the body.  The Thai massage can improve someone’s health because it can correct blockages, deficiencies, and imbalances in the flow of energy.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep-tissue massage is a specific type of massage therapy that concentrates on the deep layers of muscle and fascia in the body.  Many doctors recommend deep tissue massage as a treatment option.  Deep finger pressure and slow, firm strokes, deep tissue massage are to treat a variety of physical ailments.  It helps reduce chronic pain, blood pressure, rehabilitates injured muscles, relieves stress.

A full-body massage usually includes arms, legs, hands and feet, your neck and back, your stomach, and buttocks. Around the breasts, the area is usually massaged. You can always say you hate having your breast area or buttocks or whatever touched.

How Often Should You Have A Massage?

I usually try to have body massage therapy 2x a week after a week’s hard work.  Massage always makes my muscles feel so much better and the feeling of being relaxed and feeling good!  If you are an individual with a physical condition, massage therapy will help.  Start off with 2 sessions weekly for the first 5 weeks. Increase the time between sessions as symptoms improve.  People who have chronic conditions may need regular effective massage therapies instead of a single session.

Body Massage therapy is safe, even though nothing’s perfect. Some masseuse can be very strong when they do deep tissue massage and you can get some bruises. I have had experiences of a masseuse who are too strong especially when they do acupressure points. Advise the therapist before the session that you want a mild massage.

Have You Tried Shiatsu Massager?

Electric shiatsu massager is an alternative body massage therapy you can have right in your own home.  Have a massage when you need one!   All you need to do is set up the Shiatsu massager on a recliner.  It is ready for massaging your whole back and neck. The part you sit on vibrates.  The little nodes move up and down on your back while doing a kneading massage.  The massage does 15 minutes, 5, and 10 minutes, but you can do 30 minutes or more if you wish, just re-start the 15 minutes.  I also have a foot massager that is so great.  The foot massage will help someone with neuropathy on the feet.  Will give your feet good circulation. It is a wonderful machine.  I highly recommend everyone to get one, pamper yourself, and enjoy in the comfort of your home! While watching TV!  Please check out the review of different electric massagers for foot and full body massage that explain how each type of massager works.  Click here for full-body electric massagers and for an electric foot massage.

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20 thoughts on “Body Massage Therapy”

  1. Hello, I really appreciate your time and effort on writing about body massage therapy which is something I think I need because I spend all day on the computer and have a very tired back.

    The way you laid out all the different types of massage is perfect and informative. I find myself cracking my neck and back excessively, about 5-10 times a day, which type of massage do you recommend as the best? I’m thinking the thai massage because I’ve heard great things from friends.

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    • Hi Son,

      Thank you for leaving nice comments on my post.  It is very much appreciated.  It sounds like Thai massage will be perfect for you as it involves a lot of stretching some parts of your body.  I think some Thai masseuse does body cracking if they know how like how a chiropractor would do it.   I do spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer  and most of the time I use my shiatsu massage.  It gives me instant relief from being tired of sitting too long.  The advantage is, I am able to have the massage i yearn for when feeling tired versus making an appointment to get a massage.  I have tried deep tissue massage whenever I did some heavy duty work inmy backyard, it is very helpful to achy muscles.   Hope I am able to help you with your question.  Feel free to send me an email if you have other questions.  Again, thank you.    Evelyn

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  2. Just by reading this article my muscles feel better already. 🙂 I would take your suggestion and go for a massage 2x per week for a few weeks. I’m just not sure which one to take since there are so many types out there. Which one of those on your list would you recommend the most? And what is your favorite type?

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    • Hello Ivan,

      Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my post.  Very much appreciated!  If you have not used one before, try the swedish massage.  It is a gentle and mild massage but very good for the whole body.  It is a relaxing whole body massage and will improve your blood circulation.Good for our mental as it will make you feel good.  I have a few favorites.  I like the swedish as it is very relaxing for the whole body.  I also like deep tissue massage when I overwork  myself mentally and physically.  I also like foot reflexology, it sends good feeling to the whole body, also gives you a relaxing effect.   I also like using my shiatsu electric massage and foot massage when I need one immediately and don’t feel like making an appointment.    Hope I am able to help you with your question.  Please feel free to message me if you have further question.

      Thank you and have a good one.

      Evelyn

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  3. Hey thank you for the awesome post!  I never knew there was so many types of massages!  I have only had two different types, swedish and thai, and they were pretty different I felt!  That being said, each have their benefits, but I can say I really enjoyed the Thai massage better because it was good for my body considering I do a lot of MMA style workouts.

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    • Hi Jessie,

      You are welcome and thank you so much for your comments.  Very much appreciated!  I am glad to hear that you have experienced using Swedish and Thai massage.  They both are very good!  If you like Thai massage, I can understand that as it involves real stretching some parts of your body and will help a lot if you experience some pain when sitting a lot in front of your computer.   Feel free to send me a message should you have a question in the future.  

      Sincerely,

      Evelyn

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  4. I am really intrigued.. I want to really appreciate your effort in putting together this website and writing this article. I never knew that there were so many types of massage therapy and your review is well researched so many people can decide which one to engage and I think I should give the Swedish massage therapy a try. The benefits are enormous and I think it should be a routine. It will help a lot of depressed people like my aunt 

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    • Hi Benny,

      Thank you for your comments.  I appreciate it. Swedish massage therapy is very good for someone who is new to massage.  It is a gentle or mild form of massage but therapeutic.  It will give you a very relaxing effect and still improve blood circulation in the body.  Hope I am able to help you but you can always email or PM me if you have a question.  Thanks again.    Evelyn  

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  5. I thought this article was very interesting and informative.

    I was particularly interested when i read that a massage is good for the immune system especially since I am a Type 1 diabetic which

    is an autoimmune disease!

    I am now considering going for a massage myself but I would not like a masseuse who is too strong as you mentioned in your article!

    Massaging with essential oils at home is a great alternative!

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    • Hi Maureen , Glad to hear you are considering getting a massage. It will help you feel good overall and will help with the healing process. Hope you find a good gentle masseuse. Good luck and take care. Sorry for the late reply. Catching with my work today and just saw your message.
      Evelyn

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  6. I go for a massage once a month but would definitely love to get a massage twice a week. But considering the money, it would be a lot to have eight massages a month. But if I get the electric shiatsu massager, it would actually save me some money. The electric foot massage equipment seems good too. 
    I was thinking many times that I would love to try the hot stone massage but never went for it. Do you think there are any special benefits connected with it?

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    • Hi Lenka,  

      Thank you for your review.  Very much appreciated.  Yes, definitely you will save money if you get the shiatsu massager.   I actually don’t mind using it frequently because it is available to you all the time versus making an appointment and drive to a masseuse or call one that does home service. Yes, the foot massage is also excellent, it is better than a human masseuse massaging your feet. It feels heaven!  You should get one as the price is really very reasonable and worth every penny.  I hope I don’t sound like a sales person, but I love being massage and so I just really love the foot massage and wanted to share that experience.  The hot stone is a very gentle massage in addition to hands.  It is therapeutic because the stones are in a pouch that is hooked up or plugged into electric and makes the stones warm.  Very good for aches and pains.  I hope I am able to help you.  You can always PM me if you have a question.  Thank you.

      Evelyn

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      • Thank you very much for your answers, Evelyn! You don’t sound like a sales person at all, I’m the same when I’m enthusiastic about something.
        These massagers are a good tip for Christmas or birthday presents in my opinion. Something everyone must be happy to get!

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        • Thank You Lenka for your nice words. Sorry for the late response. I am trying to catch up with some work and I just saw your message. Yes, definitely getting a massage is worth it for anyone who works hard, especially doing a lot of typing. It helps so much to feel good. Take Care.
          Evelyn

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  7. I thought this article was very interesting and informative.

    I was particularly interested when i read that a massage is good for the immune system especially since I am a Type 1 diabetic which

    is an autoimmune disease!

    I am now considering going for a massage myself but I would not like a masseuse who is too strong as you mentioned in your article!

    Massaging with essential oils at home is a great alternative!

    Reply
    • Hi Maureen,

      Thank you for your comments.  Very much appreciated.  I learned that the food massage is very good for someone who is diabetic.  It will give you very good circulation in your feet and legs which is beneficial for diabetic person.  I don’t want you to think that I am trying to make a sale to you but it is worth getting the electric foot massage that I          talked about in my blog. I have it and I really love it!!   It makes your feet feel soooo good and you would wish you could go on forever with it. It is that good at the same time it is very good for blood circulation in your feet.  Amazon carries all types and brands and you can choose what suits your need.  It really works better than a human masseuse doing it.   Good luck Maureen and thank you for your visit.

      Evelyn

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    • Hi Cristy, Thanks again for your comments on my article. Glad to see you find my article informative. Come back and visit again.
      Sincerely,
      Evelyn

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  8. Hi there, really love your post. you have mentioned here all the great massages so everyone can really choose the massage according to their needs. I personally like that massage a lot. Especially to sen. what I didn’t try is shiatsu. I will definitely give it a try.

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    • Hi OlaBee,
      Thank you for your visit and for leaving a comment. You should really try one of the Shiatsu massagers. You will not regret it because when you are being massaged, it is the most wonderful feeling you can have when you are tired and stressed. It will relax you and make you feel so good. Treat yourself and live life well.

      Take care and be well.
      Evelyn

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