Why Should You Get a Massage?
Massage Expert Explains Why Massage is Important
There was a time I was in Kansas City, Missouri and interviewed a massage therapy expert Angela Coughlin who was nominated best massage therapist in Johnson County in January 2009.
I asked Angela, "Why would a person choose massage and how can it help?" Here was Miss Coughlin's answer:
I think a lot of times people carry the weight of the world on their shoulders and massage is a way to relieve the day to day tension that we take on and into our bodies. Besides relieving tension, massage promotes circulation, digestion and overall well-being.
Massage helps to get rid of metabolic waste products that build up in muscle tissue. Massage also helps to move lymph throughout the body and to detoxify the body.
There are many different types of massage modalities and it really depends on individual preference, but a good place to start is with a Swedish massage. This way you can get to know your therapist and their personal style and then you can customize from there.
Before you have any type of massage done, you need to make sure that you are in good enough health to have a massage. You need to inform your therapist about any health problems that you may have. This is for your safety.
Some doctors will suggest a specific type of massage. The physician may want a more general massage like Swedish or a deep tissue massage for specific areas that have been traumatized. This may be the case for athletes in particular.
Stress manifests itself in many different ways. Stress usually begins in the mind and then manifests in parts of the body. Sometimes it affects certain parts of the body more than others. This is completely normal and to be expected. Some common areas where stress manifests physically are the shoulders, neck, lower back and feet.
On the day you have a massage you should drink plenty of water beforehand and even more afterward. This will help flush the metabolic waste products that were released by the therapist during the massage. It is common, especially after a lymph drainage massage to feel tired or even ill for the next 24 hours or so.
Sometimes chiropractors have massage therapists on staff. That might be a good place to start looking for a massage - as well as day spas for overall relaxation. You can also ask friends and family for a good reference. Because of the growing popularity of message, many times someone in your circle can point you in the right direction.