Massaging Away Your Stress
When we think about ways we’d like to relax, we often think about going out and getting a message. Massage therapy, and other methods of hands-on therapy are one of the most popular methods for reducing and eliminating muscle tension.
Thankfully, legitimate massage parlors are a more and more common sight in our cities and towns and seem to be springing up at every busy corner and shopping district. While massage used to be the domain of professional athletes and the wealthy elite, massage therapy is now readily available for just about anyone.
In addition to just the sheer number of massage parlors opening up, there has been a real growth in the variety of massage therapy methods you can experience. Some popular ones include deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, reflexology, shiatsu massage, acupressure, and you can even count a chiropractor as a touch-based therapist. That’s not even counting the deeper medical disciplines like acupuncture which have taken off over the last decade or two.
While we often think of a Swedish massage as just a relaxing luxury, all massage therapy disciplines have their origins in medical, healing practices, and are devoted to calming the mind, body, and spirit.
When it comes to receiving a message, you have a couple of options. If you have a little bit of spare cash, you can just spring for a licensed massage therapist (LMT) to give you a thorough, professional massage. An hour-long massage often costs between 50 and 60 bucks, and a half hour massage often checks in around 30 to 35 dollars.
Most working professionals can come up with a spare 30 dollars a week for something so rewarding, especially if they cut back on other expenses that don’t provide nearly the same physical or psychological benefit. Of course, if you don’t want to save and spend the money, you can always try and convince a friend or partner to give you one for free, though an amateur massage can sometimes do more harm than good…
If you don’t want to spring for a professional massage, and you don’t want to take your chances pulling a massage therapist from your friend circle, you can still learn how to give yourself a good message that will really help relieve some of your aching muscles.
When self-massaging, you can either do it manually, or you can buy a self-massaging gadget to speed up the process.
If you’re massaging yourself manually, all you have to do is learn a few basic movements, and develop a decent idea of how your muscles work and how they get sore. The benefits of learning how to massage yourself extend well beyond the cost, as you also have a direct feedback loop going. You always know if you’re messaging too light or too hard, and you always know when the muscle is feeling better.
If you’re using a gadget, keep in mind that there are a number of different gadgets at different price levels. These range from small devices that can massage one muscle group at a time, to the bigger and more expensive ideal: the full massage chair. For a good compromise, consider getting one of those automatic foot and calf massagers. They are worth their weight in gold.