Massage therapy is extremely effective for relaxation. Typically, light to medium pressure would be used in order to treat the body’s soft tissues, which provides relief from knots and minor aches and pains. There is also the positive outcome of stress reduction with relaxation-focused massage. Even beyond these benefits, you will also experience increased circulation, stimulated lymph system to fight toxins, reduces muscle cramps, and improved flexibility.
Massage can also take on a more therapeutic role. Therapeutic massage can reduce pain, release scar tissues, alleviate nerve compression, and reduce muscle tightness. Conditions that can benefit from incorporating massage therapy are sports injuries, injuries from accidents, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and chronic stress injuries.
If you aren’t sure which type of massage is right for you, think about the goal of the appointment. Are you mostly healthy but just looking to relieve general stress and tension? Or if you have a specific medical condition or injury, maybe you are trying to address a therapeutic issue. Either way, massage can bring positive health benefits, and improve your overall well-being, whether it’s through relaxation or therapy.