Neck Massage: Alleviate Cramps More Effectively
How I love technology. I spend hours typing on my computer, researching, sending emails, even setting up play dates for my children. My child asks me why and I go online and find out why. The internet age has certainly added to our lives as far as knowledge at our fingertips. Unfortunately, nothing is perfect. Being on the computer means that we are hunched over. Our eyes are focused on the close-up. We find ourselves with a sore neck, headaches, back aches and a variety of other ailments.
My doctor has told me that my migraines are caused by the pulling on muscles as I hunch over my computer. I first tried neck massage skeptically, but found it such a relaxing way to relieve my aches and pains. As I didn't have a doctor recommendation, I just went to my local massage spa and had a consultation. I clicked with someone, and she became my massage therapist.
Have you ever had a massage? Do you think this is something new? No, it is not a new medical breakthrough, this art has been practiced throughout the world. Neck massage is one of the more modern types of massage and is based on the ancient methods. Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and even Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue.
So, back to my first neck massage. My masseuse was wonderful. She owned her own equipment and was very proud of the fact she had worked so hard to earn money to pay for it. I sat in her chair facing the back and she alternately massaged my shoulders back and forth for about a minute. She then squeezed my neck muscles as I just relaxed. I then shrugged my shoulders slowly and then she rubbed my neck from base to the skull. This short massage took about 10 minutes as it was only a neck massage. Had I gone in for a combination massage, it would have taken longer.
It is easy to find a massage therapist. If you are looking for a neck specialist, you should concentrate on credentials. Some will have basic qualifications, others will have better. You can ask your doctor to refer you to one he/she works with. Sometimes this is even covered by insurance. There are so many different types of massage, and it is done in a variety of ways with a variety of ancient remedies.
Neck massage is my personal favorite. Most massages, require the recipient to be on a table, chair, or a mat, and generally unclothed, but may be modestly covered with towels or sheets. If the person is uncomfortable with this, she/he may wear underwear. For a neck massage, you will remain clothed, but should wear a low neck. Are you convinced, if so, ask your doctor, or just go on over to your local spa or salon, and discuss your particular issues, and I'm sure you'll find the appropriate therapist to suit your neck massage needs.
by: Darrel White
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