Beyond Relaxing, A Massage is Good for You!
Yes, there’s no doubt about it – there’s nothing like a good massage to make you relax, to get rid of tension and stress, and to remove all stiffness from tired muscles.
Massaging involves the pressing, kneading and manipulation of the skin, muscles and tendons and a single session might last for up to two hours, usually promoting a feeling of well-being and calm.
Massaging is now regarded as a form of alternative medicine to be used alongside customary medical treatment. Some of the symptoms that can be treated and cured by massage are stress, anxiety, depression, stiffness, sports injuries and high blood pressure.
Having a massage doesn’t appeal to everyone and, after all, not everyone wants to have their body rubbed and stroked by a complete stranger. But before having a massage it would be well to check on the qualifications and experience of the masseur/masseuse. If such a person is on the staff of an established spa there should be no problems, but if not, then it would be wise to be cautious.
Are there any risks? Well, if you have unusual pains, skin afflictions, unhealed wounds, burns, blisters, arthritis, cancer or fractures, then massage should be avoided.
Pregnancy causes big changes in a woman’s body and a massage during this period can help by alleviating swellings in the limbs and pains in the muscles and joints. Experienced practitioners will know the best positions in which the patient should lie in for comfort.
In a spa you may be able to choose the type of massage you want. However, if you have stiffness or muscle pain in certain areas of the body only be sure to tell the masseur.
Just think – what could be nicer than lying on soft bed and having all your aches and pains and all your worries and cares massaged away by the skilful fingers of a friendly massage therapist.