Massage can be soothing, relaxing, and even healing. In all its forms, massage – the application of various combinations of pressure and stroking movements on the body – can release muscle tension, improve circulation, and boost the functioning of the immune system. But you don’t need a spa day or a visit to a massage therapist to experience the restorative benefits of massage. Treat yourself or a loved one to a relaxing massage with these common practices you can do at home.
Although there are many types of massage, such as Thai massage, hot stone massage, or shiatsu, the most commonly practiced form of massage in western cultures is Swedish massage. Using a range of stroking and pressure techniques such as effleurage (long, flowing strokes performed in the direction of the heart to encourage circulation), compression (compressing muscle tissue to the bone beneath it) and friction (quick movements to create heat on the skin and improve circulation).
Licensed massage therapists are trained to apply deep pressure to targeted areas and to perform more intensive techniques, while avoiding danger zones such as areas of the body where major nerves and blood vessels are located. For this reason, home practitioners are advised to keep massage pressure light and avoid placing pressure on areas such as the throat, base of the neck, inner arm and the back of the knee.
Kinds of Home Massage
Home massage takes many forms. Baby massage is often taught in parenting classes and mom and baby exercise programs. More sensuous couples massage techniques can sustain intimacy in relationships. Self-massage can provide some quick stress relief at the end of the day. Even pets benefit from massage.
Preparing for Massage
Depending on the nature of the massage, you may want to use creams or scented oils, which not only enhance the experience, but also lubricate the skin to reduce irritation and make the massage more comfortable. A comfortable place to sit or lie is essential. You may want to rub your hands together to warm them before touching the skin.
Reflexology teaches that the feet mirror the health of the body. In any case, tired sore feet can benefit from a soothing massage. Deep pressure at the base of the toes and along the instep can ease stressed muscles caused by long periods of standing or inappropriate shoes. Rubbing the ankles can release tension and ease swelling.
Back and Shoulder Massage
Long strokes on the muscles of the back and shoulders can release stress and ease chronic back pain. Moderate pressure on the shoulder muscles between the arm and neck can ease the tension of a day spent at a desk or behind the wheel. Massage experts urge caution when rubbing the lower back in the region of the kidneys, however; avoid these areas or use very light strokes.
Face and Head Massage
Gentle massage around the eyes and across the forehead and temples can ease tension headaches and reduce eyestrain. Rubbing the scalp with the fingertips helps increase circulation and reduce stress. Avoid deep pressure in these areas; gentle stroking with the fingertips is enough to get blood flowing and ease tight muscles.
Almost every part of the body can benefit from gentle touch. After a long session at the keyboard, take a few minutes to gently rub the hands, especially the wrist and thumb areas. A quick massage of the calves or forearms can ease strain caused by workouts or sports.
The healing touch of massage soothes body, mind and spirit. Although therapeutic massage should always be performed by a licensed professional, a few simple techniques can bring home the essential benefits of massage for everyone.
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