Let’s face it, life is picking up. Our day-to-day is becoming more and more complicated, and accordingly, stressors and tensions are increasing with our busy lifestyles. There are many ways to deal with this stress, to try and cope. But not all are particularly effective. One means of eliminating stress is becoming increasingly popular as more overworked, overstressed individuals give it a try: therapeutic massage. At first regarded as an outdated, practically mystic means of alleviating muscle tension and other adverse conditions, more people are recognizing the remarkable efficiency and legitimacy of a good massage chair.
Massage is a tremendously varied art form, featuring many different types and styles, each with different methods and benefits. No single massage type works for everyone, so below I will detail a few of the most popular massage types. Decide what you’re looking for in a massage, and go from there. If you do your homework and shop around, you’re sure to find the perfect massage chair for you!
· Reiki massage: developed in Japan circa 1922, this type of massage focuses less on physical stimulation and more on spiritual healing. Assuming the five tenets of Reiki (do not be angry, do not worry, be grateful, work with integrity, be kind to others), a practitioner will lay his hands upon your primary energy focus points, where your chakras or Qi (universal life force) are said to align. Since this type of massage therapy is based on the principle of universal life forces and the transmission of good energy between a practitioner and patient, a massage can be conducted while the patient is fully clothed. This holistic method is said to function on physical, mental, and spiritual levels, and supposedly enhances your body’s natural healing capabilities while eliminating toxins and negative energy from within.
· Swedish massage: this popular form emphasizes muscular relaxation through the utilization of long and slow strokes on key trigger points, where overused muscle fibers knot up. This loosens up and promotes the healing of key muscle groups while yielding an incredibly soothing massage experience. A massage therapist can vary the pressure of a Swedish massage based on your individual needs.
· Cranio-Sacral therapy: if you suffer chronic sinus problems or severe headaches, even migraines, this may be the massage therapy for you. This form focuses on the soft tissue around the base of your neck, your head, and down your spine. By massaging key soft tissue points, a cranio-sacral massage alleviates common sinus problems and even prevents future discomfort.
· Pregnancy massage: this type of massage works directly on the muscles and joints that carry extra weight in pregnant women. Obviously, this form is specifically formatted for a target clientele. A well practiced massage therapist can deliver a soothing, stress-relieving pregnancy massage without compromising the health or safety of either the mother or the baby. This massage is so efficient at alleviating pain that it is often employed during labor to speed up the process and make it more bearable for the mother.
· Deep Tissue massage: this aggressive, assertive massage may be for you if you have consistent muscle pain. A much stronger, deeper massage, it focuses on the stimulation of deeper muscle tissue (which don’t often get a break). This type of therapy noticeably loosens up muscles, while alleviating deep muscle pains and improving general mobility and range of motion. This type of massage is particularly beneficial to athletes, or especially active people. This type of massage releases toxins from the body and often helps to improve blood circulation. Recently, it seems to have replaced Swedish massage as the most popular form of massage therapy. This type of massage is not for everyone, however: due to the nature of the therapy, some clients may feel sore for a day or two afterward, and the massage itself may prove mildly uncomfortable for persons with sensitive muscle tissue.
· Shiatsu massage: a fairly new form in the west, this method has enjoyed much popularity and success in Japan, where it originated circa 1912. Unlike many other methods, this form is actually endorsed as a licensed medical therapy with the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Japan. Literally translated as "finger pressure," Shiatsu is founded on the principle of finger, thumb, and palm based contact with key trigger points on your body, especially your shoulders, hips, back, neck, and spine. This massage chair is both diagnostic and therapeutic; a trained practitioner can detect tissue and muscular irregularities by touch, and will utilize specifically tailored massage techniques to remedy the situation. This holistic therapy helps restore nervous, respiratory, circulatory, and immune systems to optimize body efficiency while improving metabolic rate and healing capacity. It also helps improve general flexibility and muscular comfort, while enhancing range of motion and, in many cases, mental relaxation and peace of mind.
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