Best Massage Alleviate Cramps More Effectively
Have you ever had a massage? Isn't it great? A wide variety of seasonings, oils, mixes, rocks, tables, mats, clothed or not etc, many different body parts! A massage is applied by using the masseuses hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms or feet. Yes, feet! You can be walked on by someone, and if done properly it can feel good. To the modern American with no knowledge of massage, this can sound really questionable!
Records dating back to China, 5000 years ago show that this is not anything new. In fact, the ancient civilizations such as the Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and the great Hippocrates wrote papers that recommended the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems.
The art of massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue. This is to enhance function and promote relaxation and well-being. It became popular in the US in the 1800's and grew in popularity until the 1930's and 40's. When modern medicine came to the forefront, the art of massage therapy became discounted as "lesser than". Suddenly, it became popular again in the 1960's when nurses began to use it to relieve pain in patients. Surprisingly, in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta it was deemed a core medical service. This gave more credence to it.
Massage is done in a variety of ways with a variety of ancient remedies. The person is either on a table, chair, or a mat, and is generally unclothed, but may be modestly covered with towels or sheets. If the person is uncomfortable with this, she/he may wear underwear. Some massage therapists use oil, or even such thing as body rocks! Different oils can be used to stimulate blood flow and relaxation. A body rock can be either cold or warm and coated in different oils such as fractionated coconut oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, macadamia oil, sesame oil, pecan oil and mustard and aromatherapy oils. Wow, what a combination, sounds like it could be a great trail mix or salad dressing, doesn't it? There needs to be a lot of research done to find the best massage for you!
Reflexology is one of the many varieties of foot massage. This is from the ancient Chinese, and is based on knowing that the are nerve endings in the soles of the feet that relate to the entire body. Each internal organ has an ending in the foot. To apply pressure on a specific nerve ending will result in the stimulation and/or detoxification of the related internal organ. Maybe this is the best massage for you.
In all 3 of my pregnancies, I had no idea that a pregnancy massage could have been the best massage for me. I didn't know such a thing existed. While there are so many joys and so much eager anticipation, pregnancy is by no means a comfortable time. A massage is a luxury in everyday life, but when pregnant, it should be a necessity! To know that my physical pain, stress and anxiety could have been alleviated by something so good for me is comforting. A calming, refreshing massage can even help with hormonal changes during pregnancy. If I am further blessed with another child, a pregnancy massage is definitely something I will be seeking?
by: Herbert Moranda