Deeper or Lighter? How can massage help you?
Kymberly Northey Oct 2, 2012
Massage in general directly affects the Circulatory and Lymphatic systems in your body. A therapists intention during a massage session is to be able to work directly with the two in a harmonious way. Our body is a highway system of veins, capillaries and arteries that provide the nutrients we need to function. The heart is built to have one way valves that take de-oxygenated blood and oxygenate it to pump back into the body. The further away from the heart the less help the fluids have in a one way system. Massage can assist the heart in this process by “mechanically” pushing the fluids and putting less stress on the body. The increased circulation supports the function of the one way valves and supplies health and elasticity to the intricate system.
Swedish massage is know to be a softer touch with long and slow strokes. This massage technique helps your systems fall into a calm and restful state allowing it recuperate. Massages start out with this technique because it allows the tissues to warm up allowing the therapist to get into the deeper tissue without it being an uncomfortable experience for the client. This can also be used after a deep stroke in a specific area to help relax a rest the muscle to help reduce muscle spasm and soreness.
A deeper therapeutic massage is a technique in which the therapist uses the application of their body weight to work within the deeper layers of muscle. The use of proper “tools” and technique make this type of massage beneficial to the client. Deep tissue massage, while able to be relaxing, is also able to aid the body’s muscle dysfunction to help de-crease or relieve pain. A common myth for a deeper massage is that it will hurt or cause more damage. It needs to be known that different bodies have a different perception of deep tissue. What feels good to you may be painful for others. A general rule of thumb is to let the therapist work in a zone of “that hurts so good.” Anything outside that scope can either be lighter than you want or painful resulting in extreme soreness the next day. It is very important that the therapist communicates throughout the massage with the client and vice versa. It is key to know that a massage doesn’t have to hurt to work.
- Kymberly Northey has worked for over four years at Elements Therapeutic Massage in Glendale, AZ and is currently the lead therapist. She has a deep passion for therapeutic massage and feels lucky to be able to create trusting relationships with her clients. She works consistently with clients who have migraines, joint replacements, leg/hip pain, sciatic pain and lack of motion in their neck. Her intention is to eliminate the pain all together or at the very least keep it managed. She recommends consistent visits for maximum results.