Some people are completely unaware of the variety of massages available and the effect they have you on you and your health. Sure, they feel good and you have a renewed sense of self afterward, but there is much more to massages then that. If you are unsure of what kind of massage you need or even what each type does, read on to learn more before you lay down on that comfortable massage bed.

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Sweden Does It Right

The Swedish massage is one of the most popular and well-known massages at any spa. A Swedish massage typically employs long gliding strokes along the muscles to guide the blood back to the heart and achieve deep relaxation. Not only will you feel relaxed but the toxins in your muscles will decrease, increase oxygen levels in your blood, and improve the circulation and flexibility of your body. Studies show that this form of massage will also lower your cortisol levels (thus lowering your blood sugar) and increase white blood cells to improve your immune system to fight off colds and flu.

Love Your Feet

Our feet carry our weight all day long until we sit down and put those feet up for some rest. A little tender loving care is certainly called for when you consider how much work our feet do all day long. A foot massage is highly recommended and includes some fantastic health benefits aside from intense relaxation. Regular foot massages will:

·  Lower stress

·  Decrease bouts of insomnia

·  Improve your circulation

·  lower your blood pressure

·  heal joint pain

·  avoid injury

·  alleviate headaches and migraines

·  lower your feelings of anxiety

·  cure edema

·  aid in PMS symptom relief

There are specific pressure points along the foot that assist in all of the above solutions to common everyday problems.

Bring On The Heat

If you suffer from chronic pain and/or anxiety, a hot stone massage is the one massage you have to make room for. Smooth stones are heated in water that ranges from 110 degrees to 130 degrees. Don’t worry, they won’t burn you! The massage therapist holds the stones in their hand to ensure that it’s something they can hold comfortably before resting on your body. The stones are placed in strategic spots to warm the muscle and invoke relaxation. A hot stone massage incorporates a massage in addition to the hot stones so that you can get the most out of it. The warmth of the stone will expand your blood vessels and promote healthy blood flow in the body. It also works to soothe chronic pain and reduce your stress or anxiety levels.

Let’s Dig Deep

If you find yourself with knots and muscle soreness often, a deep tissue massage is what you should seek out. Deep tissue massage targets your problem areas to relieve pain and promote healing. If you are dealing with recovery from an injury, postural issues, or repetitive soreness the deep tissue massage will aim to reduce your painful experiences ridding you completely of them. If you are having a chronic issue, it may not get rid of the problem but will certainly make your pain more manageable.

No matter what kind of massage you opt for, always let the massage therapist know which problems you are dealing with prior to beginning so that he or she can give you the best treatment possible. If anything hurts at any time, do inform your massage therapist so that they can make adjustments to achieve your relaxation as well as work out your kinks.

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