To wrap up April and get into the swing of Winter here in South Africa, I treat you to a post that will have your body begging you to head over to the day spa or ask your special someone to treat you to a well-deserved neck, back, and foot massage.
THE BENEFITS OF A MASSAGE
The release of tweaked and ached muscles in the neck and shoulders, but also helpful for those who suffer from tension headaches, eye strain & chronic neck pain. A massage also aids in boosting the immune system. #HAPPYBODY #MASSAGESFORTHEWIN
TYPES OF MASSAGES (SOURCE: WEBMD FOR SECTION OF TYPES)
*Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic — relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.
In Japanese, shiatsu means “finger pressure.” For shiatsu massage, the therapist uses varied, rhythmic pressure on certain precise points of the body. These points are called acupressure points, and they are believed to be important for the flow of the body’s vital energy, called chi. Proponents say shiatsu massage can help relieve blockages at these acupressure points.
During a Thai massage, the therapist uses his or her body to move the client into a variety of positions. This type of massage includes compression of muscles, mobilization of joints, and acupressure.
****Hot Stone Massage
For this kind of massage, the therapist places warmed stones on certain areas of the body, such as acupressure points. The stones may be used as massage tools or be temporarily left in place. Used along with other massage techniques, hot stones can be quite soothing and relaxing as they transmit heat deep into the body.
Reflexology uses hand, thumb, and finger techniques to stimulate certain areas of the feet. These areas are believed to correspond to different parts of the body.
Sources: WEBMD.COM, YOUTUBE (totalbeauty.com)
Below is a great video that showcases how to massage the body for a good overall relaxed feeling.