Through the hustle and bustle of life, making time to de-stress and provide your system with some relaxation is high priority.  When feeling an uncommon fatigue or overwhelming stiffness throughout the body, a massage is a gainful way to fuel your system into a healthier balanced state.

Swedish Massage:

Swedish massage is an excellent option to relax and renew your system.  The primary purpose of Swedish massage is to increase oxygen flow in the blood, flush toxins from the muscles, and relax the entire body.  A series of long flowing movements such as gliding, rhythmic tapping, kneading, friction and vibration are used in a meaningful sequence to bring abounding benefits.   Such benefits include heightened nervous system health, encouraged suppleness in ligaments and tendons for better pliability, increase in circulation, elevated immunity, reduction in stress, and even alleviation of minor symptoms of depression.  Furthermore, benefits also manifest through the skin leaving you with a brighter glow.  Those who keep an active lifestyle, often experience heightened soreness or pain after physical activity.   Swedish massage is a perfect advocate flushing the system of extra lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic waste, to facilitate sports injury recovery.  Most find that in 24 to 36 hours after a massage, the majority of soreness is diminished.  Even if symptoms are not experienced, Swedish massage is an excellent preventative measure to generate new blood flow and stay relaxed.

 Deep Tissue Massage:

Deep tissue massage is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. Deep tissue massage is also more focused, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots called “adhesions.”  If you don’t mind a little pain to rid the pain try a deep tissue massage, drink lots of water afterward, and reap the detoxifying benefits.

 Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT):

When experiencing chronic pain in any area of the body, Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT) is the way to go. Neuromuscular massage therapy, also referred to as trigger point therapy is notably helpful for lower back pain or soft tissue injuries such as muscle strain.  Alternating levels of concentrated pressure are applied for 10-30 seconds using the fingers, knuckles and elbows.  When NMT is needed, muscles are usually in spasm yet not sore to the touch.  Muscle spasm is caused by lack of blood flow to the muscle, therefore not receiving adequate oxygen.  Lactic acid is then produced in the muscle lacking oxygen causing soreness, especially following physical activity.  If feeling unusual pain or even a bit physically “off,” seeking out a trained massage practitioner to discuss NMT is a great start to alleviate, relax and restore.

 A massage is not only a physical manipulation; it is also a personal experience.  The importance of compassionate human touch is paramount to the overall benefit after a massage.  Finding the right practitioner that genuinely recognizes individual needs and tends to those needs can make all the difference.  Elise Fabricant, the resident massage therapist at Half Moon Studios is trained in Swedish, deep tissue massage and neuromuscular therapy. Elise focuses on Swedish massage and deep tissue massage, incorporating NMT when requested or needed.  She uses a combination of therapeutic essential oils such as eucalyptus to warm, soothing lavender to heighten relaxation and citrus blends to awaken and liven the system.  Set in a cozy and comfortable setting, close caring attention is always given to develop a personalized treatment schedule that best meets an individual’s needs.

 Sometimes we just need a pick me up, or you might want to incorporate some habitual wellness practices to keep your body activated and energized.  What are some things you can do yourself to keep hormone balance, and boost emotional and physical vitality?  Try a self-massage, find a hands-on form of exercise, or hug someone!  Read a little more about the power of touch in The Hidden Health Benefits of Massage via Oprah.com.

Via: Susan Bonee