Sunday, June 25, 2017

Massage Therapy Is Not Just a Luxury, Anymore

One of the main reasons why people go for massage is for the feeling of relaxation, reduction of tension and peace that comes from it. While these are all good, there is more value to a massage. It is defined as “systematic therapeutic stroking or kneading of the body.” In other words, massage is a therapy. And therapy means “healing.” There are various types of massage to choose from but the growing popularity of Thai massage and its scientific approach to health and well-being means it is one to actively consider when choosing a massage that will bring the most benefits.

Thai Massage for Health

A good massage does cost money. But what you are spending on is not a luxury but a way to stay healthy and alleviating the symptoms of various muscular conditions. Massage is the application of controlled pressure on the muscles, tissues and joints of the body. This is done with the use of fingers, hands, elbows and even feet, depending on the type of massage being done. At times, special instruments maybe used to apply the pressure. The key to a good massage is an understanding of the specific health issues that a person is suffering from so that those areas of the body may be given focused attention. The other is, knowing what type of pressure to apply, how much to be applied and for how long. The danger with amateur massage, no matter how well-meaning, is that the knowledge required to maximize the benefits is missing. Not only will this lead to the less than optimum benefits, it could also cause injury or make an existing condition worse.

Among the many benefits of professional massage are:


  • Pain reduction
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Reduction in inflammation
  • Releasing of restricted muscles to correct posture problems
  • Improved mobility of the joints
  • Release of toxins from muscles tissue
  • Reduction of tension in the muscles
  • Stress relief
  • Increased energy
  • Faster recovery from sports and other injuries
  • Improved suppleness of scar tissue leading to more freedom of movement
  • And more

Professional Massage Is Best

It’s nice to get a foot, back or shoulder rub from a friend or partner. It helps to take away the tensions that accumulate during the day. But that is all it is – a way of feeling better for a short time and reducing minor aches and pains. To get the full benefits of massage, you need to have it done by a certified massage therapist as a proper spa. Making Thai massage a part of your life is not a luxury, it is a way of attaining a level of wellness that will improve the quality of life. A good professional massage is not as expensive as you may think. And the money you are spending is not just for yourself. The better you feel, the more you can contribute to the lives of those who are important to you.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thai Massage vs Swedish Massage

Adult or child, everyone loves a massage. What is important is getting the type of massage that provides the results you are looking for. There are two popular massage therapy options – Swedish massage and Thai massage.  Knowing the difference between them will enable you to make the right and most benefiting choice between the two.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is based on the Western understanding of physiology and anatomy. The aim is to promote relaxation and, in specific instances, healing of the body. It uses six main techniques - stroking, gliding, kneading, rubbing, pounding and shaking. These are applied in various combinations, depending on the results that are aimed for. Oils and lotions are used to soothe the skin and increase the effectiveness of the massage. Because of this, the client is normally required to be undressed and wear only a towel. The client lies on a special massage table while the masseuse works on the body. The client lies either on the stomach or back and little change of position is required.  It is an established system of massage and, when done by a professional, can produce good results.

Thai Massage

Thai massage is based on the Eastern understanding of anatomy. While many of the techniques used are similar to those of Swedish massage, the Thai system also uses acupressure points in the body to stretch and loosen up muscles and relieve joint tension. A technique of blocking blood flow to specific parts of the body for a few seconds is also used. When the pressure is released, the flow of blood enhances the effect of the massage. During a Thai massage the client may change his or her position multiple times. This is done to allow the massage to focus on specific areas and thus increase its effectiveness and improve the flexibility of the body. Since oils and lotions are not essential to the Thai massage, the client may, if so desired, remain fully, or at least partially clothed. A special massage table can be used, but it is not essential. The massage can be given on a mat or even while sitting in a chair. Thai massage is often referred to a “lazy yoga” because the client is placed in yoga like positions (the benefits of yoga are part of the massage) without the need to make any direct physical effort.

Which One Is For You?

Both systems have their advantages. Swedish massage is aimed primarily at relieving muscular and joint tension in the body. Thai massage incorporates this but goes further in that its aim is also to promote inner peace and tranquility. The eastern philosophy places great importance on the strong connection between the mind and body and the Thai system works to relax the mind by relaxing the body. Research proves that a calm peaceful mental state helps in relaxing the body and in treating physical problems and making the recovery faster. Before beginning a massage a Thai massage therapist will usually start with a prayer that enables the masseuse to focus clearly on the needs of the client and maximize the relaxation and healing that the massage produces.

If you have not had a Thai massage from a certified massage therapist, you are missing out on an experience that can help you feel rejuvenated, both physically and mentally.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Children Benefit From Massages

Touch is the first sense to develop in human beings. A newborn is able to see, hear and smell his/her surroundings but unable to interpret what the inputs are. Touch, however is different. A mother’s touch is, from the first moment it happens, a soothing and calming experience which starts the bonding process and enables the love to grow. As a child matures, touch remains a constant imperative in physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Child massage is a common practice in many Eastern and African cultures. It is used to soothe, relax and heal the children and by doing so, promote their overall health and growth.

Children Suffer From Stress

Stress is happened on an adult also is the big problem hidden on children too. Starting school or going to a new class, moving to a new home, managing difficult subjects, coping with family problems (even if not fully understood) and peer pressure are just some of the stressful situations which children are faced with. While these may seem to be relatively minor issues to an adult, for children, who are not yet equipped to deal with them, they are major problems. The relaxation that comes from a massage helps them to cope with the stress and take a more positive attitude to the challenges they face.

Relaxation and Physical Development

Stress has a serious impact on the physical wellbeing of children. Many studies have shown that if stress levels remain consistently high, it causes a number of hormones to be released. One of them, Cortisol, has the effect of destroying the metabolism’s immune cells that fight disease and tumors. Over time, this can affect the overall functioning of the immune system and leave a child more prone to sickness and general ill health. This is another area where massage plays an important role by controlling stress. Additionally, massage can help a child recover faster from the sports and play-related injuries that are an integral part of growing up. 

Improved Performance and Behavior

Research shows that after a 15 minute massage, children perform better on tests and show increased levels of manual dexterity. They also sleep better and are less likely to be overactive and badly behaved. Teenagers, going through the pain and confusion of adolescence and the problems caused by hormonal changes can benefit greatly from the relaxation that massage offers.

Children Are Special

Because a child’s body is growing and developing, it is easy to over stimulate it through massage. If this happens, it can do more harm than good. Regular massages from a licensed massage therapist will ensure that the massage is done the right way, for the right amount of time, to give the child the maximum benefits from the treatment. Massage is not just a panacea to help in relieving pain and injury problems. It is a way to stimulating the child’s body to allow for the correct growth, development and proper blood circulation. Many children experience “Growing Pains” in their legs. One of the best and suggested treatments for “Growing Pains” is massaging the legs of the child experiencing such pain. Nuad Thai massage provided by a licensed massage therapist, will provide the much needed relief that your child needs.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Many Benefits of a Scalp Massage

For most people, a scalp massage is one of the best experiences of getting hair done at a salon. The relaxation that comes from it is something that is felt immediately, but there are a number of other benefits that are not so easily apparent. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine which is now available through a Thai massage, has over the centuries shown that a scalp massage offers a wide range of physical and mental benefits. These are confirmed by modern medical research. Here are a few of them – some of which you may have noticed, but many of which you may have not.

  • Stress, often unnoticed, affects all parts of the body and mind and prevents it from functioning properly. A good scalp massage stimulates the metabolism and increases the production of serotonin, a chemical that elevates the mood and reduces feelings of stress.
  • The relaxation coupled with the increased blood flow to the head from the massage helps to ease the pain and discomfort that is caused by headaches and migraines.  The feeling of relief can often be almost immediate and there are none of the side effects that often come from taking headache medication. Many people who suffer from chronic headache or migraine problems find that regular scalp massages helps to reduce the frequency of the attacks and also the intensity.
  • The destressing and relaxation that comes from the massage helps in promoting a good night’s sleep. Everyone knows the difference between waking up feeling fresh and energized and waking up feeling tired and stale.
  • The improved blood circulation helps to lubricate and condition the scalp which, prevents dryness and flaking without or with a reduced need to use shampoos with harsh chemicals to fight common conditions like dandruff, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and so on.
  • The hair roots are strengthened and the shafts are nourished which results in the existing hair becoming stronger and the growth of new hair being improved.
  • The natural oils of the scalp are spread evenly over the scalp, making hair more vibrant, lustrous and also more manageable. Brittleness is reduced as are split ends.

These are just a few of the many benefits of a scalp massage. A good massage at a spa from qualified professionals does not take long and you can even easily fit it into a busy day. The difference you feel from when you go in and when you come out will have you wanting to make it a part of your regular wellness and hair care routine.

The key to an effective scalp massage is the expert use of acupressure to release beneficial energy that is prevented from flowing freely. A scalp massage from a friend or partner may feel good, but it cannot provide all the benefits that come with a massage from an expert. Try a scalp massage from a specialist in Thai massage to see the difference and you will feel really good.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

What Is So Special About Thai Massage?

The benefits of massage therapy are universally recognized. It is not just a matter of feeling good after one; ongoing research continues to find a lot more health benefits as well. There are various styles and forms of massage, but Thai massage is right there among the most popular. Many people think that massage simply involves applying external pressure to the muscles to loosen and relax them. While this is part of the process, Thai massage continues to grow in popularity because of the many other benefits it offers.

The Unique Features of Thai Massage
  • What is now known as Thai massage, originated in India over 2,500 years ago. And because of this, it includes some aspects of Yoga, which has well documented health benefits. In Thai massage, your body is placed in different positions while stretching techniques are used. This aspect of the massage is often referred to as “lazy Yoga” as the massage therapist places your body in different Yoga positions with no effort on your part. Deep pressure techniques are used to loosen and energize the body.
  • Thai massage is convenient because it is minimalist in nature. That means it can be done on a chair/table or even on a floor mat. Special equipment is generally not required. Also, oils are rarely used so you can usually remain fully clothed during the massage. This is a comfort to those who are hesitant about undressing in front of practitioners, and eliminates the possibility of any residual oil staining clothes after a massage.
  • There is a spiritual aspect to Thai massage that is not present in the other forms. Before beginning, a Thai massage therapist will say a prayer that will align the focus and maximize the health and wellbeing of the patient. This often results in the patient entering a relaxed meditative state which enhances the effects of the massage.
  • In other forms of massage, you normally stay in one position, either on the back or on the stomach, while the therapist works on your body. In the case of Thai massage, your position will change depending on what the therapist is doing. This means you could be on your sides or even sitting on a chair or stool.
  • Although oil is not normally used, if the therapist decided it will be beneficial, herbal packs may be applied to enhance the benefits of the massage. A cotton bag is filled with specific herbs and, if required, a little oil. The pack is then heated and then placed on specific parts of the body to promote increased relaxation.

Feel Your Best with Thai Massage

Thai massage is the most dynamic form of massage therapy. It offers the widest range of health benefits and provides a most relaxing experience. To ensure that you get the maximum benefits from this therapy, have it done at a proper Thai massage spa by a qualified and experienced massage therapist. You will feel the benefits immediately and continue to feel them for a long time.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Can a Massage be Bad for You?

It will be hard to find a professional and very good skill, and good energy healing massage. The healing and relaxing properties of a massage are well known and undisputed. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, massage, when done by a professional therapist, can help to reduce the symptoms of a wide range of medical conditions. It can also help in the recovery from injury and of course, you feel so good after getting one. However, that does not mean that any massage, given by anyone, is good for you. In fact, a bad massage given by a person who is not aware of any underlying medical conditions can make the existing problem worse. Here are a few rare, but possible, negative side effects of a massage.

Soreness  

Not all massages are meant to be gentle and soothing. Deep tissue or sports massages must perforce be more intense in order to provide real benefits. However, this type of massage, and the force and pressure used, can result in discomfort during the massage and soreness after it. If the body is not accustomed to the kind of manipulation that this type of massage requires, you may suffer from inflammation and pain, similar to that experienced after a challenging workout. The soreness usually lasts for just a few days, but it is a sign that the massage is not right for you.

Fatigue  

Even a lighter massage, much more gentle than a deep tissue massage, can leave you feeling tired and listless for a day or so after it is over. If the massage over stimulates nervous system, the resulting stress leads to fatigue. If you find that this is what happening to you after a massage, tell your massage therapist about it. She will then modify to reduce the side effects.

Blood Sugar

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, there is a possibility of blood sugar levels dropping after a massage, so diabetics should inform the therapist of their condition before starting a massage. On the other hand, there is also evidence that regular massage may help to regulate blood sugar levels and so be beneficial for those with diabetes.

Exacerbating Pre-Existing Conditions

Massage should not be done near open wounds, bruises, fractures, blood clots and similar conditions as complications may ensue. Similarly, those with osteoporosis or weak bones must be careful when getting a massage done to prevent bone damage. Pregnant women should be careful that premature labor is not induced by a massage. Those on blood thinners and other medications should inform the therapist beforehand.

Rare Complications

An overzealous massage from an amateur can result in internal bleeding caused by ruptured blood vessels or even nerve damage. The creams or oils used in the massage could cause an allergic reaction.

Stay Safe with a Professional

Massage, if done correctly, is both healing and therapeutic. The feeling of well being that remains after a good massage is one that cannot be duplicated by any other treatment. To get the maximum benefits from a massage and to prevent any chance of injury, even if it is very slight, go to a Certified Massage Therapist with experience and a reputation you can depend on.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

How Often Should You Get A Massage?

Everyone loves a good massage and the positive glow that remains long after it is over. But how often should you get a massage? Is getting too many massages bad for you? To answer the second question first, there is no medical or scientific evidence that it is possible to have too many massages. However, health conditions may require that the number of massages is limited. As for how often you should get a massage, it depends on you, your overall health and your lifestyle. There are no set rules – the frequency at which you can get a massage done varies from individual to individual. That being said, these are the generally accepted frequencies.

For General Health and Relaxation

Those in generally good health, who live under moderately stressful conditions and have a sedentary lifestyle, should have a massage 1 or 2 times a month. This will tone the muscles, tendons and ligaments and boost the metabolic system. This amount of massage will also help in controlling moderate stress levels.

For Stress Management

Stress can have many causes. It could be work related, brought on by lifestyle, caused by frequent travel, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and other such factors. Obviously reducing or controlling the causes will reduce the stress levels. If that is not possible or the stress levels remain high, massage is known to be extremely effective in stress reduction. Those who are under high stress will normally benefit from a weekly massage. A regular schedule is very important. As stress levels build up between massages, the knowledge that there is another one to look forward to can help to bring the levels under control.

For Pain Reduction

Massage is a great way to reduce/control/manage pain. Depending on the nature of the injury or medical condition, a Certified Massage Therapist, doctor or other trained professional will decide on the frequency. It could be as much as every alternate day in the initial phase. As the pain reduces and comes under control, the frequency will also reduce as decided by the therapist or doctor.

For Athletes

For athletes, the frequency of receiving massages will depend on a number of factors. These include:


  • The nature of the sporting activity
  • The age and overall fitness of the athlete
  • The training schedule
  • Whether the massage is to help with injury recovery
  • Whether the athlete is prone to specific recurring injuries
  • Whether the sport is a seasonal one – off season massage frequency may differ from that followed in season
  • Environmental factors that could affect performance levels.

Who Decides?

If you are under medical treatment and are getting massages as advised by a medical professional, the doctor will decide what type of massage you should get, how often and for what duration. The doctor may also consult a massage therapist on this matter. If you are an athlete, your coach, trainer or sports medicine specialist will decide on the massage parameters. However, if your main objective is just to relax and feel good, consult a Therapeutic Massage professional who will advise you on what is best for you.

A good massage, tones you up physically and mentally. It is not a luxury – it is an essential way of coping with the pressures of modern life.