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Editorial Library Category: Health Topics: Massage Title: Choosing the Right Kind of Massage for You Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: Many experts now think that 80 to 90 percent of all disease can be traced back to stress-related tension. The best way to prevent these diseases is not through medicine; in many cases, the side effects from taking one or more medications create a whole new set of problems over time. Editorial: Choosing the Right Kind of Massage for You 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ thenewslinkgroup.com │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 Many experts now think that 80 to 90 percent of all disease can be traced back to stress-related tension. The best way to prevent these diseases is not through medicine; in many cases, the side effects from taking one or more medications create a whole new set of problems over time. Instead, you could try a different approach to healthy living: you could get a massage. It will improve blood circulation through your body, which in turn causes oxygen and nutrients to better reach your body tissues. The list of benefits from massage is a long one. Massage can improve everything from your ability to sleep to the way your body functions. It helps those who are injured and sick. It eases pregnancy and supports athletes while they prepare and recover. It feels good. That last fact means you can always get a massage for no other reason than wanting to feel good. When it comes to massage, the only real question is which kind of massage will most benefit you and your health. The following alphabetical list should help you explore the possibilities. Aromatherapy Massage The right scent can have a definite effect on how you feel, from relaxing you to energizing you. When scented plant oils, called essential oils, are added to oil or massage lotion, the results can help you deal better with stress and emotions. Aromatherapy message is effective because the nose is connected to the brain’s limbic system. What does the limbic system do? The limbic system controls your heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and immune system. One of the most popular essential oils is lavender because it has a calming effect on someone dealing with low anxiety. Back Massage A back massage is simply a massage that focuses on the back. Many people love getting one, and many people think it’s easy enough for them to try giving one. Back massages, in fact, are probably what most people picture when they think about massage. Although the lower back is the place where people are most likely to be injured, most people also carry tension in their shoulders because they sit for too long at a desk or because they carry heavy bags. A massage therapist may massage the back with the hands or forearms. Sometimes a tennis ball can be rolled over the surface of the back as well. Back massage does require some skill, but the key for do-it- yourselfers is to keep it slow, keep it gentle, and maybe find some guidance as to how to do it right. The spine is an incredibly important part of the body, and you don’t want to do anything that would cause permanent harm to someone else … especially someone you know well enough to massage in the first place. Cranial-Sacral Therapy (CST) Your cranio-sacral system consists of the bones and soft tissue in the head, the spine, and the pelvis. Not much can be right in your body if the cranio-sacral system is out of order. Problems there affect the muscles and joints, organ functioning, the central nervous system, and even the emotions. CST is a gentle manipulation of the cranial-sacral system. It removes blockages so that spinal fluid can move in a natural, balanced way through the body. CST prevents both injury and sickness. Deep Tissue Massage The purpose of deep tissue massage is to release chronic muscle tension on connective tissue and the deeper layers of muscle. It also helps with repetitive strain, problems with posture, and injury recovery. This is done by using slower strokes, deep pressure, and friction on fascia, tendons, and contracted muscles. (What is fascia? It is a material that surrounds your muscles and other soft tissues.)

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