Stress, anxiety, and muscular pain can dramatically restrict anyone’s lifestyle and can negatively affect their overall health. Massage therapy is a great way to maintain your livelihood and aid against these factors . Below is a list of research studies conducted by the AMTA on the benefits of massage therapy, which gives strong evidence on why including massage can help benefit your health and wellness.
Sports massage is a good option if you have a repetitive use injury to a muscle, such as what you may get from an active lifestyle. It’s also a good option if you’re prone to injuries. You may also use sports massage to increase flexibility and performance. Additionally, sports massage can be used to relieve pain, anxiety, and muscle tension.
A sports massage can be done as a full-body massage or the massage therapist may focus on the parts of the body that need the most attention. Deep pressure may be alternated with soothing strokes depending on your needs.
You can have a sports massage while clothed or undress. If you prefer to wear clothing, make sure it’s thin, loose, and allows the therapist access to your muscles. Loose shorts and a tank top are options.
Swedish massage is a gentle type of full-body massage that’s ideal for people who:
- are new to massage
- have a lot of tension
- are sensitive to touch
It can help release muscle knots, and it’s also a good choice for when you want to fully relax during a massage.
For this massage, you’ll undress to your comfort level. You’ll be covered with a sheet while lying on the massage table. The massage therapist will move the sheet to uncover areas that they are actively working on.
The massage therapist will use a combination of:
- long, flowing strokes in the direction of the heart
- deep circular motions
- vibration and tapping
- passive joint movement techniques