I’ve never heard anyone say, “I wish I hadn’t gotten that massage.” To this day, I can remember my first massage and little did I know, an addiction had been born. Burning candles, dim lights, essential oils and some much needed me time. Many knotted backs, back injuries, stress related activities and simply a need for self care and I return for more.
So which massages do you need to know? Take a look.
Immediate stress relief and declines in cortisol levels are a side effect of Swedish massage. Often, we fail to realize we are stressed but if you struggle with insomnia, you are a candidate. Discuss your pressure preference with your massage therapist so they can deliver the best massage. Ask spas if they have recurring programs as some do offer monthly massage memberships so you can benefit from this treatment.
Always sore after the gym? This massage will reset you and get you back on track. While massage therapists knead out soreness and stress, therapy works on myofascial release. People often do feel differently from a massage because someone has just taken the time to pry apart muscles that are knitted together from excessive driving, computer work and at times, just sitting. In most, tension rests in the upper back and mid back.
Ever been tossed, turned and twisted in a hurts so good kind of way? Welcome to Thai Massage. In Thailand there are actual massage clinics people visit daily to have their Thai massage. If only we had that here in the states. This massage is not your typical relaxing hands on experience but more of a complete stretch. The therapists take their job seriously and will certainly pull you back into shape.
Only about 12% of the massage therapists know how to perform this massage type. It is along the lines of Reiki as people do report emotional release as well as myofascial release when they receive Cranio-Sacral massage. It improves the central nervous system. This light touch is said to affect the pressure and circulation of cerebrospinal fluid, which is the fluid around the brain and spinal cord. This process is thought to relieve pain and dysfunction. 
On the table, many claim emotional and or stress releases. Some would be surprised by the claim but the therapist alerted me to an issue in my uterus. I discovered I’d had 3 large cysts which later needed to be removed via laparoscopy. The gynecologist never detected them during exam and medical coverage insisted women my age didn’t need sonograms.
That being said, speak with your local spa to determine what massage most makes sense for you. There are several options and don’t worry you’ll choose the one you needed most.
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