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Massage Secrets Straight From The Relaxation Experts

Jun 23

Massage Secrets Straight From The Relaxation Experts

Getting or giving the perfect massage is one of life's great pleasures. It helps let the daily stresses melt away and can bring couples closer together. There are a number of helpful tips to help improve a person's massage skills. Read on to learn all about massages, both giving and getting one.

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Change your mindset about massage. Instead of thinking of it as a luxury, think of massage as a therapeutic approach to health. Research shows that massage can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as lessening asthma symptoms in children. Additionally, those tension headaches are no match for the hands of a skilled massage therapist.

 

Always be gentle when giving someone else a message. Even if the person you are massaging complains, you should avoid applying too much pressure to their muscles and joints. Unless you have been trained in message therapy, you are more likely to hurt them than to relieve their pain by being more forceful.

 

If you suffer from sinus pressure, use massage to help. A simple and quick massage under your brow line can help to clear your sinuses and make breathing much easier. Just use your fingers to massage gently over the eyes and across the bridge of your nose. This only takes minutes, and it can offer you a lot of relief.

 

When you are giving a massage, try to have the person you are massaging in as few articles of clothing as possible. If they are uncomfortable, they can wear a towel to feel more secure at all times. Having areas of the body exposed is not only soothing, but it also facilitates your job.

 

Request that the lights be dimmed during your massage. A darker space will help you relax, and that's the whole point of you being there! The room doesn't need to be pitch black, but it shouldn't be brighter than candle light.

 

Another term for neuromuscular therapy is trigger-point therapy; this is when a focused pressure is apply specifically to trigger points. The trigger points are the muscular areas that feel lumpy. They can be painful and may radiate to cause discomfort in other body parts. Muscles will relax when they have pressure applied to them, meaning the pain will diminish.

 

Massage can help with injury healing. Slow, friction-causing motions are used, which go against the muscle grain. This can help with muscle issues or injuries and even posture problems.

 

If you spend most of your day sitting in front of a computer, you should take frequent breaks so you can massage your neck. Place your fingers at the base of your skull and squeeze your muscles gently. Stretch your muscles by tilting your head to the side before massaging your muscles some more.

 

These tips should help you find the perfect massage, teach your partner what to do or even improve your own massage skills. Whether you and a partner do it yourself or you find a professional to do it, a good massage is one of the most pleasurable things you can enjoy. Good luck.