Archive for the “Massage” Category

Posted on 10 Oct 2012

Importance of Magnesium Oil

Magnesium oil is now widely recognized all around the world because of its natural health benefits. It is considered as a wonder drug or a perfect remedy for almost every kind of pain, discomfort, and illness that we are experiencing. It is for the said reasons that magnesium oil is now in demand these days. More and more people are including magnesium in their every day regimen.

If you are looking for the purest oil, then you have to go all the way to Europe. A sea of magnesium oil chloride is found in a deep underground in Europe. It is said to be 250 million years old and it has never been touched by modern day pollution. Experts also believe that the amount of pure magnesium oil found is enough to supply man’s need for magnesium for more than a hundred of years. It can function perfectly as a mouthwash and for strengthening our muscles. Magnesium oil has more uses than we can ever imagine. Let me enumerate some of them.

Magnesium oil is effective in pain management. Most doctors who are into treating chronic pain advice their patients to apply oil for pain relief and relaxation of muscles. It is best for people complaining of arthritis and muscle cramps. Magnesium oil is directly applied to the affected part and it can automatically alleviate the chronic pain and muscle cramps. It also facilitates the opening up and softening of muscles and connective tissues. Magnesium is already tried and tested as an efficient vasodilator and smooth muscle relaxant.

Magnesium oil is also widely used in therapeutic massages. More and more people are requesting for oil during their massage therapy. It is found that an ounce of magnesium that is rubbed all over our body could help ease the pain that we are experiencing plus it can also soothe our nerves and calm our senses. It is also effective to reduce stress, sensory overload, slow the heart, and provide the person with a holistic healing experience.

As we all know, the application of magnesium transdermally is the most ideal magnesium delivery system in our body. It is even found to have a similar effect with intravenous treatments conducted during emergency situations. So, if we want to make sure that our body would have regular magnesium intake, we should see to it that we use magnesium during our regular massage session. An ounce or more of magnesium per day for six months can do wonders. It can provide numerous health benefits to our body like penetrating our cells to improve cellular function.

Posted on 08 Sep 2012

Your First Professional Massage

At every spa or massage facility, guests should expect a professional staff, clean and comfortable appearance, and great manners. Manners, especially so lacking today, are essential in a massage space since it is “a therapeutic escape,” so don’t tolerate being mistreated and don’t mistreat the staff. Always confirm your appointment and arrive at least 10 minutes early. This way, you have time to park, catch your breath, fill out any paperwork required by the establishment, drink water, and use bathroom, etc.

Usually, appointments are booked 15 minutes apart. If you are late, the therapist is late for the next client, as she’ll need to clean up after you, prepare for next client and take care of any personal necessities in that 15 minutes. We want you to be relaxed and we have to be relaxed to get you there, so if we’re rushing to get set up and doing the “pp dance”…expect some therapists to watch the clock while doing your massage and not be entirely “connected/committed”. Sometimes this happens even if you were on time and may be based on the skills/training of the therapist, so please speak up to your therapist first, and ask for what you want, whether it’s more pressure, etc. We try to please everyone. If you are late and we accommodate you, feel blessed and bless us in the process with your tips!

If it’s your first time and there’s a receptionist, don’t be shy about asking what’s the norm. Some people are fine taking all their clothes off for their massage, some people are not. Your therapist and/or your receptionist will help you decide. Much of this has to do with the factors: how comfortable you are with your body, a stranger, albeit draping you professionally, what issue you want to have addressed, and your overall personal comfort and circumstance. You might also want to factor in whether your therapist is same-sex or not and whether you are cool with that regardless of the professional draping.

You should be offered the use of the bathroom upon check-in and after your massage, if not ask for it. You may also drink tea or water, before or after. Don’t drink more than 8 oz of fluids prior to a session lasting more than 1 hour. You can’t relax totally, if your bladder is overflowing and you are on the clock as soon as you enter the room so give yourself enough consideration.

Feel free to ask your therapist any questions relative to your session with him/her and the establishment. He/she is a professional at their work and in customer relations and should address you accordingly. You may do this before and/or after your massage, but don’t forget that after your massage, your therapist has to clean up and get ready for the next person.

Now, focus on your breathing (ask each therapist what that means) and relax. Let your therapist smooth away your stress and rejuvenate your body. If anything feels uncomfortable, painful, or you simply just don’t like it, please speak up kindly. Something like, “I don’t like that” is very good; or “that hurts unbearably”. Addressing your therapist like this gives you control, mutual respect and does not undermine or impute motive to the therapist’s action. It’s also clear direction for how much pressure may be adjusted lovingly.

Saying things like “OW”, “you’re hurting me” (as if the therapist is purposefully hurting you and knows what you are feeling) are usually “angry tones” putting off rude and angry emotions and indicate that you somehow imagined your therapist is acting on purpose, which is far from honest. Accidents do happen, so clarify and maintain the dignity of this especially vulnerable situation. Your therapist needs to be centered and grounded in peace for he/she to deliver the best service.

Sometimes, especially if your therapist is a “therapeutic based practitioner”, there may be more to your massage and a purpose behind a little pain. He/she may explain that “this might hurt for a second” as they trigger some “channels” in your body. Sometimes ‘your body asks’ for deeper pressure but “you” yourself can’t handle it. If your therapist is committed and following your body’s energy signals, this might be why the pressure is strong as it asks for it. So, speaking up and saying “that is too much” or “can you go a little softer, or “I don’t like that” is very good communication with positive energy. Remember “OW” is childish and rude to your therapist and screaming “OW” or some other “similar tone” changes the energy in the room and the spirit/intent of the work being done.

Your therapeutic-based therapist may also indicate to you that there may be some “stagnation” or blockage in certain channels in your body. This could mean that there will be some pain in triggering or “moving” this stagnation towards the exits. Keep this in mind, especially when we explain. The SI channel, for example is often clogged and so working specifically in these areas may require you to breathe deeply. I will usually give this direction, as well as indicate how long I will be working in that area to accomplish my objective, so that you can look forward to the benefits and go back to relaxing more comfortably. Your “therapeutic-based” therapist is one that’s not simply there to lotion and caress you, but to give your whole body and spirit a “reset”.

You should feel the effects of my massage starting immediately and lasting for a week or more, whereas most massages at the spa, etc may last only a few hours. When you leave, you should have after-care directions, and already notice a huge difference with your body (stomach reactions, thirst, hunger, need more relaxation, randy, ready for some fun stuff, and from my work, “especially Zen”, balanced, spiritually connected in universal love and “open”, strong enough to take on whatever the rest of the day and week brings).

Posted on 17 Aug 2012

What Are the Differences Between a Chair Massage and a Regular Massage?

Many years ago, a lot of people already rely on massage therapy to relieve themselves from pain. They were not actually wrong with what they thought about massage because it is really a healing art that has proven itself for so many generations. Even today, in a very modern and advanced world, many people still rely on it to get rid of stress, neck pain, tension and back pain. But there are some things that were changed or perhaps improved when it comes to massage therapy. Unlike before, there are about 80 different techniques that you can choose from when you want to get a massage. Swedish, shiatsu and deep tissue massage are just some of the most popular techniques at present. And of course, it is not only provided by a massage therapist like what it used to be. Aside from the traditional way, you can now get a chair massage. In a massage parlor or a spa, you will definitely notice that aside from therapists, there are some massage equipment that can be found on the area.

There are lot of differences between a chair massage and a regular massage performed by a therapist. The way it is being performed is perhaps one of the most evident differences between them. When you are going to get a regular massage, it would be done using the hands of the therapists. The therapist will apply different strokes and pressure to the different parts of your body to make you feel relaxed and relieved. On the other hand, if you are going to opt for a chair massage, you will be the only one around and your massage chair. Of course human touch will not be involved because the equipment will be the one to do the massage job. You just need to select your desired massage technique and adjust the setting appropriately. After this, you can simply sit or lie down on the equipment and that’s it.

When you are getting a massage from a therapist, you will be able to talk to him/her about what he/she is doing. You can ask for some suggestions on what technique will best work for you and the things that you should do before or after getting the massage. All these information would be really helpful to avoid any possible problems. But when you are going to get a chair massage, you won’t be able to start a conversation unless the chair is designed o be really interactive. There won’t be a lot of information that you get from the equipment but you can use it in the comfort of your own home. You do not need to set up an appointment ahead of time or drop by a spa. You can get a massage during your most convenient time at home.

To sum it all up, chair massage and regular massage are both associated with some advantages and disadvantages that everyone should take into consideration. They are similar in some ways but a chair massage can never be like a regular massage.

Posted on 08 Aug 2012

Why You Should Try Massage

The object of a massage is to:
– Relax tension in the muscles and other parts of the body
– Reduce stress and strains of the day
– Relax the mind and encourage total receptivity to relaxation
– Improve blood flow throughout the body
– Increase overall feeling of well-being and relaxation

This is done by manipulation of the muscles and connective tissues in certain prescribed ways. What a lot of people sometimes forget is that an amateurish bad massage from a friend can be worse than no massage at all and in some cases can in fact cause damage to muscles and the body. Always ensure that any person you allow to massage you is fully trained and has the necessary competence to carry out the technique that you require. This does not however stop you from having fun with your partner using massage oils that are available in drugstores. Numerous people swear by body massages for the reduction of back pain and aches caused by over exertion during sport. It is now commonplace to see during International sports matches various trainers and physiotherapists running on to the pitch at half time or the end of a game and start to massage the legs and backs of their sportsmen before muscle cramps and the pain sets in. In fact when it comes to sportsmen and women they are far ahead of the game when it comes to understanding the benefits of massage therapy. Many massage techniques have been imported from Europe to the US because of their obvious benefits. Massage in its present form has mainly been adopted form the practices prevalent in the early 20th Century in Sweden and the Nordic countries. However massage itself has been around for thousands of years. Both the ancient Roman and Greeks were firm believers in the restorative powers of massages and there are numerous mentions of massages in many old texts from that time. However not just the Europeans understood the healing powers of oil and massage but also the Chinese Emperors and their courts too understood that a great feeling of relaxation and wellbeing emanated from the judicious timing of a full body rub down. Many people are fully aware of the ancient Turkish Bathhouses but how many know that it was not just hot steam available but also a fully body massage too. The art of Massage has a long and noble history and only now are we just beginning to fully appreciate the benefits that were second nature to the ancients.

There are many types of massage from the normal generally accepted body rub, commonly known as Swedish massage, to the rather more esoteric Lomi Lomi massage of Oceania.

The Swedish, or classic massage is the most widely used and enjoyed massage and when carried out by a competent well trained masseur is a joy to receive. In Europe it is usually carried out with the recipient naked with a towel laid over their lower parts for modesty. There are different types of oils used depending on the reason for the massage and quite often there will be certain aspects of aromatherapy included too. This can be the burning of certain oils of a particular aroma which have their own restorative qualities and also using certain ambient light colours. Indeed these are also used in the saunas in Europe as they are now becoming more and more accepted as part of mainstream healthcare.

The Swedish massage consists mainly of five different types of strokes, which are:

1. Sliding, rubbing the hand along the body,
2. Kneading, in a similar manner to kneading bread before baking,
3. Tapping in a rhythm, something similar to what you see doctors doing to patients in old films where the doctor puts two fingers on the patients’ body and rhythmically taps them,
4. The friction stroke where instead of flowing with the grain of the muscle the hands of the masseur go across the muscle,
5. And finally the vibration stroke.

In the Swedish massage the client usually lies face down on a table about waist height with a towel around the waist. If necessary cushions or pillow can be used to ensure the client is lying comfortably. There are many different oils that can be used and it is entirely up to the customer to choose whatever is their preference. However it is always a good idea for the masseur to warm the oil before starting so that right from the beginning the client is comfortable and does not receive any shocks from cold oil that can ruin the ambience and feeling of relaxation. Another good idea if you are having the massage at home is to light candles in the room to increase further the feeling of relaxation. Quite often the masseur will bring an oil burner so that the room is suffused with the aroma of essential oils which also helps with the relaxation and mood setting. Then the masseur starts on the shoulders and works all over the back and spine. For a lot of people this is the best part of the massage as it is the back that gives the most trouble and pain. Then the legs and arms are completed. After the client has turned over the front of the body is then massaged. Quite often the feet are massaged separately as this is a specialized area in its own right and there are practitioners in the East that make a good living just from being an expert foot masseur.

When the massage is completed the client should sit and relax for a while and take in some fluids. Drinking fluids will help release toxins from the body. Read a book for half an hour or sit and listen to soothing music and you will feel all your cares recede as your body relaxes and unwinds.

If you have never had a full body massage now is the time to consider it. For the undoubted benefits it brings it is surely a cheap way of improving your health and lifestyle.