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Getting a massage can be a great experience! It is important to know what will take place and how it will happen. Read below to learn what happens before a massage, during and after the massage. You will get a chance to learn more about the full process and how enjoyable it can be. So grab a drink, and let's get started!

Before the Appointment

When scheduling your massage appointment it can be tempting to place it right after another activity, but this will make you feel rushed. When you are in a rush, it will take much longer to relax and be receptive to the massage session. You will want to schedule your time so that you can arrive in a relaxed state, and not be in a hurry. You will also not want to eat right before your massage, so that your body is not processing food during the session. Also make sure that you are drinking plenty of fluids.

The beginning of the appointment will involve a health and history screening. You’ll be asked questions such as:

  • Medical issue
  • Problematic areas
  • You amount of pain
  • How you normally treat you discomfort, and what increases the pain
  • Your general contact info

The next step before your appointment will be the interview. This will be an in-depth session concerning your massage, what you would like to work on, and what to expect. This is a good time to ask questions, and find out about the style of massage that you have requested. It will also give the therapist a good chance to gauge your discomfort and find which areas need to be worked on immediately. When you are ready you will dress down as far as is comfortable and lie down for your session.

During the Session

The therapist will set up the room. Remember that you can ask for changes to make you comfortable, such as if you are cold, or wish to let the massage therapist know that you are uncomfortable with specific areas of your body being touched. The massage therapist will typically drape your body with a towel across the parts that are not currently being massaged. Some therapists also play music, and if you wish you can make requests to change the music, or how you are draped as well.

To get the most from the session just try to relax, let your thoughts wander, and do not focus on stressful thoughts. Some practitioners recommend that you focus on the feeling of the massage to clear your mind. If you are having trouble or tension in your muscles, then let your therapist know as they may need to change their technique. It is normal to experience differing emotions and it is okay to speak, but you may benefit more if you let your worries go.

After the session

After the session the therapist will exit the room. Take your time to get dressed and ready to go, then when you leave the session room you will want to get some water, as this will help clear your body of stress. Once you are done, try to take the rest of the day off to receive the full benefit of the massage. The benefits of massages will be more advantageous if you get a massage regularly. As you get more comfortable with the process you will find that you are more relaxed, and even energized after your massage session.

Here are some frequently asked questions you may have after your session:

Should I go back to my job?

It is not recommended as you will not receive the full benefit of the massage, and your stress could return.

Is the massage oil bad for my clothing?

No, the oil will not harm your clothing, but if you wish, wear some comfortable workout clothing.

Should I Tip?

Yes, it is a sign of respect for their services, so a tip is a good idea. However, if you tip, be sure to tip regularly for each visit.

In the interest of your well being, please consider the following questions and inform your therapist prior to your massage if any apply:

  • You have allergies
  • You’ve undergone a recent surgery
  • You’ve taken drugs or alcohol in the last 24 hours
  • You have medical conditions or injuries that might affect your massage

If you are at all unsure, please check with your doctor in advance of booking.

Feeling a little overwhelmed at all the different massage techniques offered on MassageBook?

We suggest you book a 60 minute Swedish massage, the most common type of massage that uses long flowing strokes that relax. If you prefer deeper work or are addressing an injury, use the filtering tools available on the left side of the search page to view results for techniques like “Neuromuscular”, “Sports”, or “Deep Tissue”.

You can also ask your therapist to work on the main areas of your body so that next time you can have them focus on those areas you found the massage to be most effective on.

It is best to avoid drinking alcohol immediately before your massage and try not to have a massage on a full stomach, wait at least one hour, preferably two.

It’s usually best to close your eyes, lie back and relax into the massage. But it’s up to you. Be sure to speak up if you’re feeling too cold or too hot, if you experience any pain, or if you would like the massage changed in any way. Massage is intended to make you feel better - therapists would much rather you tell them what isn’t right than keep a stiff upper lip and then not return because you didn’t enjoy your experience.

Please don't worry about upsetting your therapist - just let them know immediately and they should be more than happy to hear how best to adjust the pressure to suit your personal preferences. everyone is different and may prefer different pressures and styles at different times. One person's deep is another's soft!

A massage has many benefits. It helps us to release stress and to work out the kinks. When you ask how often you should have a massage, you really need to ask yourself a couple of questions.

First, how do you feel? This is a great question, because of the proven health benefits and the release of stress that comes from a massage.

Secondly, do you have any chronic pain? If so then a massage may be the perfect solution! You really should consider what type of massage you need as well. Each massage therapist has a different style, and you may want to schedule frequently using different massage techniques.

A massage is all about you and your needs so it is important to do a little homework and find the perfect fit for your needs. If money is a concern, then try to schedule your massage appointments for at least once a month, but once a week is even better. The release of stress and the long term health benefits will give you a more fulfilling life.

Personal Needs

When considering a massage, remember that it is all about you and your needs. What do you need now? Frequent massages will allow your muscles to soften and become more pliant, which will help with pain, and with stress. Once a week sessions will give you the most benefit for stress and muscle stiffness. You can stretch your visits out to once a month, but that will give your muscles more time to revert back to their old behaviors, and then you will have to start over with weekly sessions, to restore the relaxed state to the tissue.

If you have chronic pain then more frequent massages may be needed. The health benefits of loosening the muscles, and releasing the tension on the nerves is well documented, and for those in chronic pain it is a life saver. You should remember to listen to your body, and when you start to feel stiff, and sore then it may be time for a massage. Since there are different types of massages to select from, you will be able to find the right technique to make you feel better.

Massage Techniques

There are several types of massages, and it will take some experimentation to find the right one for you. The most common massage style is Swedish, which is a relaxation based massage and will be of the most immediate benefit. There is also the deep tissue massage, which is a treatment that consists of more firm pressure to release knotted muscle structures and also to release stress that is deep in the muscles. You can schedule most type of therapies through your massage therapist, but it also may help to have several that you can go to, just in case you need something a little more specialized.

A couple more massage therapy styles that you should look for are reflexology, and Craniosacral. Reflexology massage is used to loosen stiffened muscles, and to work the reflexes of the muscles to release tension and stress. It is commonly used as a sports massage. The Craniosacral massage is more about balance of the body and the rhythms of the body. You will experience a light touch massage that focuses more on aligning the energy of the spinal column. It is a refreshing, and balancing massage.

So, How Often Should You Get a Massage?

To the answer the question directly, you should get a massage whenever you feel that you need one. If money is a concern then schedule the massage less frequently, but don't let the muscles to tense up again, or you will have to start over with the massage therapy. It may be more beneficial to have several different massage therapists on hand that have different styles, because this will ensure that you can always get the type of treatment that you need. There are multiple massage techniques—each with their own benefits and it is about what you need. If you are experiencing chronic pain then one method may work over another, but it is worth trying different styles, and trying to get in for a massage at least once a week to maintain supple muscles, and the health benefits that go with them.

The body releases toxins through massage. You might feel a little dizzy or suffer a headache after a massage. These are natural reactions which you should not worry about. Stay well hydrated before and after your massage to decrease these symptoms. Feeling some soreness in your muscles the next day is also perfectly natural - feel good about it, like you do after a good session at the gym! Make massage a healthy habit and these symptoms will soon disappear.

Unexpected changes can happen. Please note that as soon as you book a therapist or business, their schedule is immediately blocked off for you for the whole of the booked massage time. This means they are unable to be booked by anyone else during that time. We ask that you provide at least 24 hours notice to cancel any bookings. the best way to cancel is to log in to your MassageBook account and manage your appointment there.

Not many feelings can beat those you feel just after a massage. A good quality massage leaves you feeling warm and relaxed, while at the same time rejuvenated and full of life. You may even experience one of the best sleeps you have ever had, following an exceptional massage. However, on the following morning, it is a different story. The muscle aches and soreness you feel as you get ready for you day are reminiscent of a full body workout rather than a full body massage. At this point, it is all too easy to begin panicking and assume something is wrong. It is more likely, however, that the massage has done exactly what the masseuse intended.

More than just a back rub

Before you have your first massage, you may have a very idealized picture of what it will be like. The reality may be very different and is certainly different to the occasional back rub given by a friend or a loved one. The main purposes of a massage include:

  • Releasing the tension in the muscles
  • Promoting healing
  • Improving blood flow
  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Reducing pain and inflammation

It has even been suggested that massage can aid in the treatment of depression and anxiety, as well as be used as therapy for multi-dimensional illnesses such as fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In these cases, the muscle soreness can be simply the return of symptoms that abated during and immediately following the massage session.

More than one way to exercise muscles

Even without secondary health issues, a massage puts the muscles through a much more vigorous workout than most people realize. A massage therapist works to find all the kinks in the muscles that build up through daily stress and either lack of exercise or a tendency to overtrain. The act of massaging the muscles stretches them, encourages the blood to flow more efficiently through them and stimulates them to work at their optimum level over the long term. However, this is hard work for the muscles, and they are bound to rebel at some point, particularly if sessions are too intensive, too close to each other or too long.

What do the experts think?

The head of the Sports and Deep Tissue Massage Department at McKinnon Institute Keith Grant agrees with the analogy between massage and exercise. He states that a massage is very much like workout. If the muscles aren't used to it, they often respond with some soreness. Grant notes that the soreness should only last for a maximum of two days. If the soreness lasts any longer, then it is possible that the massage was too intense. The key to getting the intensity level right is good communication between therapist and client. Once the effects are explained, the therapist will adjust the intensity level in the next session. As the body adjusts to the manipulation, the intensity can be increased to allow the same benefits to be felt.

Is there such a thing as too relaxed?

Your body is one of the most complex machines in existence. There is an interplay between body and mind that is only really beginning to be understood. This connection could, however, explain the soreness experienced the morning after a massage. Neurological sensitivity, or "sensitization," explores the "whole response of what's going on in a person." During a massage, the body's experiences are processed through the central nervous system to be understood by your brain. At times of high stress, the nervous system and the brain may feel overwhelmed by this increase in information. The soreness and tiredness experienced the following day are then understood as side-effects of this information overload.

Minimizing muscle soreness

There are a number of ways to minimize the unwanted side effects of a good massage. Here are just a few things you may want to consider:

  • Understand the need to look after your body and mind
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water after your session
  • Take it easy after your massage; relax and find your balance naturally
  • Communicate honestly with your therapist, particularly about your general health and mental wellbeing
  • Try different massage techniques
  • Change the length or intensity of sessions

In most cases, experiencing some muscle soreness after a massage is completely normal. However, if this lasts more than a couple of days, or incapacitates you in any way, then it needs to be addressed. As has been explored, there are a range of very simple explanations for this phenomenon. All of them are easily remedied, and all begin with an open, honest conversation with yourself, followed by one with your therapist.

We understand there are many types of 'massage' offered. We would like to make it clear that MassageBook only permits professional massage providers who offer health based massages to be listed on our website. Professional therapists are professionally trained and their focus is on protecting, maintaining and restoring your health and helping you relax.

Deep tissue massage is a form of massage therapy that is used to realign the deeper layers of the muscles and connective tissues—addressing and resolving the underlying problems that can lead to chronic pain and stiffness. It differs from regular massage treatments; in that it addresses deeper, more rooted issues in the muscles and ligaments, and allows treatments to be more vigorous, successful and long-lasting.

Many people try a variety of massage treatments before moving toward deep tissue massage. Because treatment may be viewed as a “last resort”, it is often covered by insurance benefits.

Deep Tissue Massage

Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage

When a person experiences ongoing stiffness, tension, or sustained injury to their muscles, tendons and ligaments, these form a band of rigid inflexible tissues called adhesions (known colloquially as “knots”). While most adhesions are relatively minor, extreme cases can block circulation, limit movement and flexibility, and be extremely painful. Often, the only way to address these adhesions is through deep tissue massage treatments.

Adhesions, tension and stiffness can be related to a range of chronic conditions, and patients have found this type of massage effective in addressing:

  • Muscle tension
  • Chronic pain, spasm or stiffness
  • TMJ
  • Inflexibility
  • Limited Mobility
  • Constricted blood flow
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries
  • High levels of stress
  • Other conditions such as Fibromyalgia

Each of these conditions is improved by releasing adhesions and tension, increasing blood flow, and promoting further movement in the area. While deep tissue massage is helpful for a variety of conditions, it should be avoided in cases where the patient:

  • Has inflamed skin or a rash
  • Has bruising of any kind
  • Has suffered a recent fracture or hernia
  • May be pregnant

Make sure you check with your doctor before opting for this kind of treatment, and examine the reviews and qualifications of your therapist —never let anyone who is not qualified give you a deep tissue massage.

How to Prepare for Deep Tissue Treatment

If it is your first time receiving a deep tissue treatment, there are a few things you may want to do before your appointment. First, ensure that you're well hydrated and have eaten a meal (nothing too heavy). Consider stretching before to ensure you get the most out of your treatment — this promotes blood flow and flexibility. If it is your first time visiting a massage therapist, relate all the issues you may be facing—after all, stiffness and chronic pain may be related to other injuries, poor posture, etc. The more your massage therapist knows, the more he/she can assist you during the session.

Try to arrive a few minutes early for your first appointment. This will give you time to fill out forms and ask questions.

The Experience

When receiving a deep tissue massage, you'll be asked to lie down and breathe deeply, relax and prepare for the massage. Deep tissue treatments differ in that the movements tend to be longer, deeper, more intense and focused. Massage therapists may use their elbows, forearms, fingertips and muscles to access the deeper layers of your muscle tissues.

Since your therapist will be massaging the innermost layers of your connective tissues and muscles, there are parts of the treatment that may be uncomfortable or almost painful. It is important that you communicate this to your therapist at all times, however some level of discomfort is normal as the deeper knots, adhesions and injuries are being addressed.

Treatments generally last about an hour, and the massage will tend to focus more on problem areas. As a result, make sure you are engaged and communicative with your massage therapist throughout your session to ensure you get the full benefit of the visit.

What to Expect After a Deep Tissue Massage

After receiving a deep tissue massage, there may be some soreness or stiffness to your muscles that generally doesn’t last more than a day. Ensure that you drink plenty of water and to avoid strenuous exercise the day after your massage in order to help your muscles heal. Your massage therapist may recommend that you ice certain areas of your body, or that you take a hot bath—depending on what you're being treated for.

Depending on the severity of the issue you're trying to address, you may find that you feel a whole lot better after your first visit—with increased flexibility and blood flow. Still, if you are attempting to resolve a chronic condition, injury, or a condition such as extreme muscular adhesions, you may have to have a few treatments before you begin to feel well. Make sure you discuss how you feel and follow your therapist’s recommendations before and after every visit!

Whether you lift weights competitively or are actively engaged in the discipline because you enjoy the benefits you reap from your hard work at your neighborhood elite power gym, all the physical and social rewards of your focused energies don’t come without a price. As you know, after each serious round of weightlifting or grueling competition, your muscles need to recover – they need time and attention. One of the absolute best ways to continue to take care of and tend to your hard-working and often overused and overloaded muscles is through the natural healing art of a soft-tissue treatment.

Massage Therapy for Weightlifters

Here’s a look at many of the real benefits of massage therapy for weightlifters.

Improves Flexibility

In order for you to experience optimal performance each and every time you lift weights, you must be flexible. Massage therapy between workouts improves flexibility by gently stretching the muscle’s fibers. Whether sporadically or regularly engaging in high-volume and intensive-training cycles or competitive lifting tournaments, you can damage your muscles and cause too much micro-trauma which can lead to micro-adhesions ~ small, fibrous deposits or scar tissues when the muscle, fascia, and other tissues steadfastly stick together. Complications can further arise because with this decrease in flexibility, injury can occur more easily. In addition to creating scar tissues and being on the brink of potential injury, tightness and lack of flexibility can also lead to one muscle group being off-balance to the opposing muscles. This is often seen with individuals who frequently bench press. While they might have amazing, well-developed pecs, the opposing muscles in their backs are typically ignored, not as well-maintained, or not as nearly developed. The result? A hunched posture. This is neither attractive nor healthy. Scheduling routine massages into your workout regime will relieve tension, alleviate pain, give you a better range of motion, and increase your flexibility.

Increases Circulation

Massage therapy not only loosens tight muscles, but also improves circulation. Blood delivers oxygen and other nutrients through the body. Healthy blood flow throughout the body enables your organs to function properly, facilitates natural healing, reduces recovery time, and restores performance levels. With improved circulation through massage therapy, you’ll breathe deeper, easier, and fuller – and your blood will flow throughout your body as it should. Muscles that are tight provide an obstacle to adequate blood flow. This tends to slow down the removal of toxins. Normally, muscle development and strength building take place in the recovery phase of training, when the nutrients are needed to repair and strengthen the tissues broken down during training. You’ll experience less progress if your muscles are tight and blocking the flow of nutrients to the areas where they’re needed most. Massage therapy opens these lifelines.

Decreases Tension

Sometimes it’s not easy to relax. When you’re not in the gym working out, you’re thinking about being in the gym working out. Don’t think your tense? See how you feel when someone starts rubbing your shoulders. Instant karma! Imagine that feeling on all the muscles in your body. There is no amount of warm milk at bedtime, choirs of monks chanting, or yoga positions on a mountaintop that can decrease tension as quickly and wonderfully as massage therapy. Ideally, you will come to a point where you look forward to your relaxing “down time” in massage therapy as much as you look forward to “pumping it up” during your workouts. With a weekly massage, you’ll learn to relax both your body and your mind and become more focused and concentrated with everything you do in life – in addition to lifting weights.

Inspires Sleep

Sleep plays a leading role in performance and recovery. Try going a few days without sleep and see how many buddies at your gym ask you to spot them. It’s impossible to be focused and have your body and mind in sync if you aren’t sleeping well. Massage therapy improves sleep. The last time you were fortunate enough to got a deep back rub from a friend or embraced the opportunity to get a professional massage from a licensed massage therapist, when it was over did you instantly then feel like running a marathon or relaxing for the evening? Massage therapy improves your ability to sleep more uninterrupted, peaceful hours. You already know what it feels like trying to relax and get comfortable when your body aches and your muscles are tense. Massage therapy is the way for you to thank your body for all its hard work during the day. You're acknowledging, attending to, and working toward soothing overworked muscles. As a result, both the quality and quantity of your sleep improves. The more sleep you have, the better you perform in your next day’s workout or competition.

Reduces Pain

The body uses pain as a way to communicate to you that something isn’t quite right. When you’re in pain, it’s difficult (if not nearly impossible) to perform at your peak level. What’s the first thing you do when a part of your body suddenly aches? What’s the first thing you do when you have a migraine? You reach for it. You rub it. You hold it. You massage it. Choosing to continue to lift while in pain can cause further injury. Massage therapy is a natural, simple way to alleviate your pain, stretch the muscles, provide a strong supply of oxygenated blood, and remove wastes from damaged tissues. Unlike some other options many choose to eliminate or coat their pain, massage therapy has no negative side effects. The next morning after a massage therapy session, you’ll remember what you did the day before, you won’t have to check to make sure your car is safe and in the garage, and you won’t have to apologize to anyone.

A licensed massage therapist is trained to use different movements and pressure levels to provide relief to your overworked muscles. Long strokes are used to move fluid through the body; the force of the stroke causes pressure to build in front of the stroke. As fluid moves forward, carrying toxins with it, a void is created behind the stroke. This is where the fresh, oxygenated blood and nutrients rush in. Deep tissue massage reaches deeper within the tough tissues, seeking to open up their pores and further improve the blood flow. As more liquid is transferred, more toxins are removed and a greater supply of oxygenated blood and nutrients are provided. During a massage, muscles are stretched both lengthwise and sideways. As the tissues are stretched, muscle fibers are able to release tension and dissipate built-up pressure.

It’s impossible to go full force – 24/7. Your body, your mind, and your spirit need time to rejuvenate, relax, and rebuild. Massage therapy is a powerful tool, an available option, and a necessary resource to add to your workout regime. Even embracing massage therapy once a week can help your body improve circulation, effectively deliver blood and nutrients, and remove toxins ~ all of which increase the health of internal tissues. This rejuvenation reduces pain and protects against injury while improving your health and quality of life. Schedule a massage therapy session this week and see what you’ve been missing; your body will thank you.

Your body goes through lots of changes during pregnancy. In addition to the mental and emotional strain that can come from the experience, there can be significant physical strain, as well. From swollen ankles to sciatica to overall fatigue, pregnancy can take its toll, even from the earliest days. Fortunately, one great way to help ease the mental and physical symptoms of pregnancy is through pregnancy massage.

Pregnancy Massage

How is pregnancy massage different from other forms of massage?

Overall, pregnancy massage is very similar to other forms of massage, and the overall goals are usually the same. However, there are some key differences between pregnancy massage and other forms of massage that are important to note.

The first difference in pregnancy massage comes in the second and third trimesters. In order to avoid putting too much pressure on the womb, women in their second and third trimesters do not lay face down during massages, and are kept only briefly on their backs. Instead, they are kept in a semi-reclined position, which prevents compression on the vena cava. A good massage therapist will do your massage in a position that is comfortable for you, propped up with as many pillows as are needed for support.

Another difference in pregnancy massage is in the pressure applied in certain areas of the body. For example, less pressure will be used on the abdomen and legs so as not to accidentally induce contractions. Because a woman’s body is different during pregnancy, the massage must be different, as well.

What are the benefits of pregnancy massage?

There are numerous benefits to massage to anyone, but the benefits are even more evident for women who are pregnant because of the added stress to the mind and body.

While many people get massages largely to relieve stress and relax the mind (and body), the major benefit of pregnancy massage is the physical benefit. Carrying a growing child is physically taxing, and many women experience aches and pains in their necks, backs, hips, legs, and feet. Pregnancy massage can help relax the muscles and ease the tension caused by pregnancy.

Another significant benefit of pregnancy massage is mental and emotional relaxation. When the body begins to feel better, so does the mind. This eases stress related to pregnancy, can help you feel better, and even help you sleep better. Fatigue is a common effect of pregnancy, so pregnancy massage can help re-energize you to get through your days and get ready to add to your family.

What should people consider before getting a pregnancy massage?

Because extra care must be taken during pregnancy massage, it is important to find a massage therapist certified in pregnancy massage. Many massage therapists learn to do pregnancy massage when getting certified, but they do not practice it regularly. To ensure that you and your baby are safe and protected during your massage, take the time to find a massage therapist who has the education and experience in pregnancy massage needed. This way, your pregnancy massage will be safe and relaxing.

It is also important to remember that each pregnancy is different. Some women may have conditions brought on by pregnancy that may make pregnancy massage an unsafe idea. Be sure to check with your obstetrician before making the decision to get a pregnancy massage. Your doctor can also let you know if there are any other alterations or considerations you should keep in mind when getting the massage.

Finally, make sure your massage therapist knows how far you are into your pregnancy, any complications you may be having related to your pregnancy, and any other health and medical history information relevant to your massage. This will ensure that your massage therapist has all the knowledge needed so your pregnancy massage is both relaxing and safe for you and baby.

Pregnancy massage is a good way to relax your mind and body during a challenging time in your life. The benefits are many, but it is important to remember that extra care must be taken during pregnancy massage to protect both your health and your baby’s health. Taking the time to find the right massage therapist and consult your obstetrician will ensure you get everything you need from your pregnancy massage experience.

To understand the benefits of this massage it is important to know its history. Western medicine approaches illnesses as problems that need to be fixed, usually with a pill remedy whereas in the East it is believed the body and mind need to be in balance with its surroundings. Shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine.

Shiatsu Massage

Wait! Isn't that Acupuncture?

It IS similar to acupuncture in the sense that its history lies within the ancient Chinese however it is Shiatsu means “finger pressure”, or acupressure.

The principles of Shiatsu was developed around 530 B.C. then was soon after exported into Japan, Asia, and Korea where it was widely used for centuries. It didn’t really get popular in the United States until the ‘70’s. It was designed to help regulate the flow of energy within the body, by the Shiatsu therapists who use finger and palm pressure to meridians to improve the flow of qi.

Meridians? QI? Don't You Mean IQ? This Makes US Smarter?

No. Although many smart people do get a shiatsu massage that is not what it means.

Qi is pronounced “chee”. To further explain…Qi is the vital energy in the body that underlies all functioning. This is where illnesses were thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy through the body. Qi flows in specific pathways called meridians. Qi is one of the fundamental concepts of Chinese and Japanese medicine.

What does QI have to do with massage?

The Shiatsu therapist’s job is to attain the qi through vital points along the Meridian via massage, kneading, pulling and so forth. As long as there is a generous amount of qi flowing freely through the meridians then good health is attained. However when qi is lacking, off balance or there is a blockage that is when symptoms (such as a cold, headache, indigestion, basically any negative feeling that leaves you unhealthy, sick or in pain) occur. Shiatsu therapists are trained to recognize patterns of disharmony in the body, even prior to physical signs appearing.

Benefits of Receiving a Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu can help relieve constipation when applied to abdominal area. The stretching and pulling of the massage can loosen muscles and relax the intestines and colon. Shiatsu can work the tension and spasms out of the muscles, thus eliminating muscle aches by rubbing and pulling at the skin and muscles, and by pressing on acupressure points that release tension.

Migraines are caused by a rapid widening and narrowing of the blood vessels in the brain or head, causing irritation and pain. Shiatsu helps to aid migraines by relaxing the body and increasing blood flow and circulation throughout the body.

Shiatsu is also a non-invasive therapy that helps reduce stress, tension, anxiety and depression by leaving you relaxed and calm.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammation of the body’s tissue and attacks the linings of the joints. Pressure from the massage can be applied to hands, feet or any area that is affected by arthritis, it also helps to limber muscles, gives muscles nutrition by improved circulation and also helps reduce muscular pain.

Helps stimulate circulation in capillaries of the skin’s soft tissues. The massage also serves to stimulate the secretion of the sebaceous glands and keeps skin moist and smooth. This helps give skin resilience and prevents wrinkling. The improved blood circulation also helps improve the look and glow of the skin.

Shiatsu massages have been used for thousands of years to aid women during monthly cycles and alleviate menstrual cramps. On the flip side it has been known to help women in labor and babies turn in the womb. It can induce labor in women who are overdue and help ease morning sickness and swelling that is often caused by pregnancy.

Not only does shiatsu help improve the circulation and cellular nutrition throughout the body but also benefits the digestive system by allowing food to digest more easily and aides in waste elimination. It increases stamina by storing energy reserves and assists in fat metabolism and removal.

Helps those who suffer from fatigue and weakness by restoring and maintaining the body’s energy.

Although a regular maintenance program of Shiatsu is an excellent way to maintain wellness and improve vitality, the schedule will vary for each person. Every person is different, their lifestyle, their stress level so one person may benefit by just one visit a month, another may require more sessions on a more regular basis. Depending on the goal of the session the effects may be stimulating and invigorating or calming and sedative or both preventative and remedial. Whatever the ailment the benefits are astounding, with little to no side effects, while enjoying a calming massage.

There are almost as many types of massage available as there are benefits to the practice. Different people find the use of different styles of massage more effective, and are likely to recommend those types to others because of their successful experiences. However, when determining what type of massage you would like to use, it is important to match up the type of massage with the desired effect to find the style that would be most effective for you. In this way, your massage experience can be personalized to your physical needs, which will make it more likely to be effective. Swedish massage, while popular, is one type of massage that is not for everyone. By looking at its benefits, you can decide if Swedish massage might be best for you.

Benefits of Swedish Massage

Stress relief

Relieving stress is one of the most popular reasons for people to seek massages. In addition to a lot of anecdotal evidence proving the stress relieving benefits of Swedish massage, there have been many scientific studies done on the topic, which show that those who receive massage therapy have lower stress levels and can handle stressful situations more effectively. Swedish massage, like many other types of massage, is one way people can relieve stress in their lives.


Stress relief and relaxation go hand-in-hand, and both are a commonly known benefit of all types of massage. However, while stress is one cause of tenseness, which can be eased through Swedish massage, there are other causes of tenseness that must be addressed, as well.

Some people have physically demanding jobs that can cause muscle tension. Even you are not stressed because of the job, using, pushing, and straining muscles can cause tension, which can have negative effects on your health. Through Swedish massage muscle tension is eased, providing you with overall physical relaxation, which can, in turn, lead to mental and emotional relaxation.

Increased circulation

The movements used in Swedish massage are similar to the way the body circulates blood. Because of this, Swedish massage can promote healthy circulation, increase blood flow, and help the body remove metabolic waste more quickly and effectively. Better circulation not only helps you feel better, but improves overall health since increased circulation and blood flow means other organs can work more effectively.

Pain relief

Another major benefit of Swedish massage is pain relief. As the muscles are relaxed and circulation increased, the body is put at ease, and pain is relieved. Not only can Swedish massage be used to ease pain as a result of an injury or muscle tension, but it can also be used to manage chronic pain that comes with a number of illnesses and conditions, such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. By decreasing pain, Swedish massage can help patients relax, which can improve overall health and recovery.

Complementary alternative medicine

Swedish massage is often used as part of a patient’s treatment program for illness, injury, or disease. It is considered complementary alternative medicine because it is not medicine-based, as Western medicine often is, but is still beneficial to patients. In many cases, physicians may prescribe Swedish massage to work in conjunction with medications or other treatments in order to help a patient recover and work toward health. In many cases, Swedish massage is part of a holistic approach to a patient’s health, which helps address every aspect of a patient’s health—mind, body, and spirit—in order to promote health. Since massage and massage therapy have physical, mental, and emotional benefits, Swedish massage is an effective treatment to supplement traditional Western medicine.

Swedish massage, like many other types of massage, has many benefits that not only provide positive physical changes, but mental and emotional changes, as well. Stress and pain relief, increased circulation, relaxation, and complementary alternative medicine are just some of the benefits that come with regular Swedish massage. If you are in need of one or more of these benefits, visiting a certified, experienced Swedish masseuse may help bring you closer to overall health and happiness.

Thai massage is a style of massage developed by a physician to Buddha named Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha. The style found its way to Thailand, causing its Ayurvedic techniques to become integrated with the traditions of Chinese medicine. Initially, Thai massage was practiced by monks as part of Thai medicine.

Typically, Thai massage is more rigorous than other forms, which also makes it more energizing. It is also referred to as Thai yoga massage because the massage therapist may use his or her arms, knees, and feet in addition to hands in order to manipulate the muscles through yoga-like movements. Some massage therapists may also use acupressure during sessions.

Thai Massage

What are the benefits of Thai massage?

Like other forms of massage, Thai massage has many benefits, both physical and mental/emotional. Some of these benefits can be experienced after only one session of Thai massage, while others become apparent after multiple, regular sessions.

One of the biggest benefits is the relaxation that comes from it. Numerous studies have shown that those who have massages are more relaxed, and many seek out massage as a form of relaxation. This, paired with the yoga-like elements of Thai massage, which is also relaxing, ensures that Thai massage can help even the most tense person find relaxation. Along with this, Thai massage is an excellent way to relieve stress. Since stress can have long-term and serious effects on the body and mind, using Thai massage to help relieve stress will help improve overall health.

Because of the deep-tissue manipulation involved in Thai massage, another benefit is increased circulation throughout the body. The physical touch of the massage promotes blood flow, and when you have increased circulation and improved blood flow, blood and oxygen get to your body more effectively, improving your overall health.

Thai massage is a full-body massage. Since the massage therapist moves your body in yoga-like positions and movements, regular Thai massage can also increase your flexibility and range of motion. This can be particularly helpful during a physician-approved rehabilitation program following an injury or illness.

Because Thai massage is more rigorous than other forms of massage, it is more invigorating. The benefit of this is that you will walk away from your massage session feeling more energized. This is also a side-effect of relieving stress and increased circulation, but increased energy can also help you in other areas of your life, such as getting through slow afternoons at work.

What should be considered before booking a Thai massage session?

Before making the decision to have a Thai massage session, there are some things that you should keep in mind. There are some people who should avoid this type of massage in order to protect their health. These people include:

  • Those prone to blood clots, due to a risk of clots being dislodged during the session.
  • Those recovering from surgery.
  • Those who have just had chemotherapy or radiation treatments.

Women who are pregnant or those with heart disease should consult their physicians before having a Thai massage. Additionally, massage should not be done directly over bruises, tumors, abdominal hernia, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, or areas of recent fractures.

Additionally, you should make sure your massage therapist knows your relevant medical and health history in order to tailor your massage session to your needs and any restrictions you may have.

Thai massage is a very different form than other popular forms of massage such as Swedish massage. It is more rigorous and intense, but because of this, Thai massage has many incredible benefits to those who book regular sessions with a Thai massage therapist. If you are looking to relax, relieve stress, and improve your flexibility and energy levels, Thai massage may just be the answer.

How can massage therapy benefit you? Massage therapy has been medically proven to help with a variety of aches pains and even medical conditions. This is a great natural treatment to a variety of problems that can come from living a full life. There are medical and non medical reasons to improve your health, one of which is that it will improve the quality of your life. Being free of pain and stress is a major health benefit that you will get from regular massage therapy sessions.

Massage therapy focus on improving circulation and reducing stress. This is usually done through lessening the stress on nerves, and reducing pressure from tense muscles on the bones. Massage therapy can also improve your movement range as it opens up space around the joints so they can freely move. Improving blood flow can help to treat swollen joints, and reduce swelling caused by arthritis. Treating these types of conditions will improve your quality of life dramatically as it will improve your range of motion and your ability to enjoy pain free life.

Have you ever been under pressure to meet a deadline, or keep track of multiple projects all with their own individual due dates, and time frames? Has your job ever expanded your position to include work you didn’t have to do before? These are all events that cause major stress. This stress can make you feel overwhelmed, and you may feel that you are at the end of your rope. This is where a decent massage comes in. A massage can help to restore your tranquility, and make you feel more in control of your life. The session will help to release the tension in your body and give you a chance to just relax. This will help you find your center, and restore your health so that you can pick up in your busy life with a sense of confidence.

The tension headache is the ultimate stress response. This is where your neck muscles seem to freeze up, and your head feels like it is going to explode. This is usually caused by large amounts of stress, and a need to have laser like focus for long periods of time. This kind of pain is rehabilitating, and without treatment you will find you are unable to think clearly, or be productive. A regular massage can release those seized muscles and release the tension in the muscles surrounding your neck and head so that the pain recedes and you are able to relax.

The first signs of serious stress in your body usually start in your back. Back pain can be mild at first but if the tense muscles are left untreated it can quickly worsen. This can cause severe pain that will not go away. A regular massage will give you the needed relief and can even prevent recurring back pain. Many people suffer from back pain, so by having it treated with a massage session you will instantly notice how pleasing it is to be able to move around freely without pain.

Chronic pain is a terrible thing. It can be from trauma or old injuries, and it can stay with you for years. A decent massage can remove this pain and make you feel like you did when you were younger. Speaking of injuries, massage therapy can offer a path to rehabilitation from an injury and get you back on your feet quicker and with much less pain. This will give you a chance to get out and live life free of pain.

Pain, stress, injuries, and general pain are not things that we must live with on a daily basis. By getting regular massages you can treat your pain, improve your motion, and give yourself back your health, well being and your freedom. A massage therapist will be able to make recommendations on how to best treat your pain and you will be surprised how well you will feel once you have had a regular massage and given your body time to heal. Health is your greatest asset; make good use of massage services to improve your life.