A common problem is that stressed muscles can block nutrients and oxygen from getting to where they need to go, and this will cause inflammation that allows toxins to build up in your muscle tissue. The inflammation and toxins contribute to pain and stress. Deep Tissue Massage breaks up and releases the built-up toxins by loosening the muscles. With the toxins released, blood and oxygen can circulate as they should through one’s body. Being properly hydrated before you go to your massage appointment and drinking plenty of water after one of these massages is highly recommended.
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks.
It can also help with anxiety and depression.
Just like how blood gives our body life, essential oils are the life of plants. They can have healing effects on the body, especially the ones that are specifically chosen for this technique. When applied to the body, the oils are absorbed into the skin and travel down through the dermis levels into the interstitial fluids. They are helpful in fighting bacteria and viruses that travel through the body. Essential oils have also been known to improve the immune system.
During the raindrop technique, the patient changes into their undergarments and lies on their stomach on a massage table. The oils are dropped onto the patient’s body from approximately six inches above the spine. This technique is used so that there is no interference by the therapist between the initial reaction of the oils energy and the patient’s energy. The process uses a total of seven essential oils and two blends of other therapeutic oils that are the choice of the patient. The essential oils used are Oregano (battles viruses), Thyme (anti-viral), Birch (bone repair), Basil (muscle relaxant), Peppermint (topical analgesic), Valor (for spinal alignment and muscle problems), and Marjoram (anti-spasmodic).
Being pregnant can be uncomfortable and very taxing on your body. Prenatal massage is the perfect solution to help unwind and relax the mommy to be. Similar to Swedish massage, but with a few extras, such as work on the belly for those over stretched areas, mommy to be will feel so much better after.
As a precaution, always check with your obstetrician before getting a massage.
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