SLIDESHOW: The massage message

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The right massage, when performed correctly, can serve as an effective stress buster. The trick is knowing which massage will provide the most relief. Here’s the rub-down on common massage techniques and how they help.

Massage therapy involves manipulating the soft tissues of your body — muscles, skin, tendons and joints — to ease discomfort and promote relaxation. And while you may think of a massage as something that helps relieve tired and sore muscles, a good massage can cause your body to produce endorphins — chemicals produced in your brain that are believed to reduce stress, relieve pain, enhance your immune system, improve sleep, decrease anxiety, boost self-esteem and even help fight the aging process.

As you may already know, there are so many different types of massage — Swedish, Shiatsu and Thai, for example — that it may be difficult to decide which one best suits your needs. Watch this slideshow and discover which massage is for you.

When you need replenishment

A traditional Japanese healing therapy, Shiatsu is a lighter massage therapy that promises to improve energy flow and prevent stress overload. A practitioner first assesses your state of health, symptoms and energy levels. The next step involves applying pressure to acupressure points throughout your body using gentle holding, finger pressing and stretches to reinvigorate you.


More information

Search “massage” in the find support section of this website to get more information about massage and massage therapists in your area. And for information on touch therapy (including Reiki and therapeutic touch), read How touch can help heal, inspire and bring relief.


 

References
  • Fédération québécoise des massothérapeutes (FQM), Basic techniques, website
  • Massage Network: What is massage therapy, website
  • MayoClinic.com, Massage: A relaxing method to relieve stress and pain, website
  • Toronto Therapy Directory: Top 10 most common massages in Canada, website
  • WebMD, Massage therapy for stress relief and much more, website

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