Ready, Set, Go Get a Massage!

Ok, I know it seems like the economy continues to suck more money out of our pockets and we don’t have a lot, if any disposable income, but my thought is spend your money on things that can make you feel better; physically, mentally and emotionally.

Get a massage! Massage therapy is not only proven to help people relax, research has shown that massage therapy reduces pain and helps the immune system to function more efficiently.

If you feel relaxed, have less pain and are healthier overall you are more likely to be a happier and more productive person.

Below are some descriptions of a few massage and body work modalities you may find enticing.

• Swedish massage – basic full-body massage that is typically light to medium pressure and is used commonly for stress-reduction.

• Myofascial Release therapy – this modality works specifically with your connective tissue. It helps to release the tension in your connective tissue which in turn helps to relieve muscle pain and discomfort. This massage is used for many issues; however it is extremely beneficial post injury and is wonderful for relief of Fibromyalgia.

• Deep Tissue Therapy – this modality uses deep pressure which works not only with the superficial muscle layers but it works with the deeper tissues as well. This technique is great for chronic muscle problems and for those aches and pains that just don’t seem to get better with lighter massage modalities.

• Energy work – this isn’t massage therapy but it is a great alternative for people that can’t handle massage therapy work. Reiki, polarity treatment, Healing touch, Qi Gong are all examples of energy work. Energy work is a non-manipulative form of body work that is great for everyone. The energy worker doesn’t massage muscle tissue, they are working with the energy field and their hands are usually placed directly over or on certain points of the body that are connected to meridians (energy pathways) in the body.

These are just a few of the modalities available, so do your research and find the best modality and therapist for you.

Good luck and remember the cost of one night out could pay for some great body work that would make you feel amazing!