Massage Alleviate Aches Sooner With A Massage
Have you ever had a massage? Have you ever contemplated it
? If you have had one, you'll know about all the benefits that come with it. If not, here's something you need to know. Massage is by no means anything new. It dates back to ancient cultures. Records of different massage types go back through the ages in all parts of the world to many ancient civilizations.
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 and 1970's when nurses began to use it to relieve pain in patients. Unusually, in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta it was deemed a core medical service. This gave more credence to it.
When studying different languages, one can't deny how exciting it is to discover that many cultures have the same word and customs of massage. The word comes from the Latin word "friction", as well as from the French word meaning friction or kneading", and the Arabic word "massage" meaning to touch, feel or handle.
Massages are performed in many different ways and with a variety of ancient remedies. A masseuse will have you either on a table, chair, or a mat, and generally the recipient is 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, body rocks! Different oils can be used to stimulate blood flow and relaxation along with a variety of other benefits. A body rock can be either cold or warm and coated in different sorts of oils such as fractionated coconut oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, macadamia oil, sesame oil, pecan oil and mustard and aromatherapy oils. What a variety of seemingly unusual remedies
This is not the extent of the variety of massages and remedies that are available. As well as a plethora of oils, there are many body parts used to give a massage. A massage can be applied by using the masseuse's hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms or feet. Yes, feet! You can be walked on by someone, and, if done properly, it can feel good.
Anyway, one must find one's favorite type of massage. Not only are there many ways and oils, but it can be cultural. You may find that Lomi Lomi massage in Hawaii, Samoan, Shiatsu, Thai or even Chinese massage suits your needs. If not, then maybe try Swedish Massage, which, incidentally in Sweden is known as classical massage.
Whatever method of massage you choose, it can help relieve pain, anxiety, depression and a variety of diseases. There is no way to blind-test massage therapy, as the person being tested is going to be touched, and we cannot deny that the sense of touch is very therapeutic by itself. Be sure to try it out and find what type of massage works best for you!
by: Emily Huang
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