Massage therapy and its health benefits
After a long and tiring work week, what is the best way to relax your tired mind and body? For me and my husband, having a well-deserved massage is the perfect definition of relaxation.
It is not just about having a pampering treat, but also to boost our health and wellness. Aside from the utmost relaxation, what are the benefits of massage?
Massage can relieve all sorts of ailments – it is a way to improve your physical, mental and emotional wellness. Benefits that lasts through the days and weeks until your next appointment.
What are the top benefits of massage therapy?
- Reduce Stress. First and top reason why we visit spa is to unwind and de-stress.
- Improve Circulation. Loosening muscles and tendons allows increased blood flow throughout the body. As a result, there are number of positive effects on the rest of your body, including reduced weariness.
- Reduce Pain. Massage is great for working out problem areas like lower back pain and chronic stiffness which is pretty much common to those with desk jobs.
- Eliminate Toxins and enhance immunity. Proper pressure on the soft tissues will help release toxins through your blood. As an effect of stimulation of the lymph nodes, body re-charges it’s natural defense system.
- Improve Sleep. Since massage can relax your body and mind and boost your mood, it promotes peaceful and restful sleep.
- Reduce fatigue and weariness. Having a better sleep means feeling well-rested and less drained.
- Ease depression and anxiety. After having a well deserved massage, you’ll feel much better. It lifts your mood, making you feel happier and energized because of the endorphins released in your body.
- Reduce post-surgery and post-injury swelling. A professional massage is a great way to safely deal with a sports injury or post-surgery rehabilitation.
Now you know what are the benefits but before heading on to your favorite spa, first you have to know which type of massage best suites your needs. Every time I visit a spa, I am presented with different types of wellness therapy and I honestly don’t know which one to choose.
According to Healthline, there are several types of massage to serve different purpose
- Swedish. A therapy perfect for first timers! A gentle type of full-body massage that’s ideal for people who are sensitive to touch.
- Hot stone. Best for people who have muscle pain and tension or who simply want to relax. It eases muscle tension, improves blood flow, and relieves pain by using heated stones.
- Aromatherapy. For people who want to have an emotional healing component to their massage, helps boost your mood, reduce symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety. It combine soft, gentle pressure with the use of essential oils.
- Deep tissue. It’s a good option if you have chronic muscle problems, such as soreness, injury, or imbalance. It can help relieve tight muscles, chronic muscle pain, and anxiety.
- Sport. Sports massage is a good option if you have a repetitive use injury to a muscle, such as what you may get from playing a sport. It’s also a good option if you’re prone to injuries because it can be used to help prevent sports injuries.
- Trigger point. Are best suited for people who have injuries, chronic pain, or a specific issue or condition. Sometimes areas of tightness in the muscle tissues, known as trigger points, can cause pain in other parts of the body. By focusing on relieving trigger points, this can reduce pain. It uses broad, flowing strokes that are gentle and relaxing combined with stronger, deeper pressure.
You think you’ve read enough? There’s just more to the list !
- Reflexology. Is best for people who are looking to relax or restore their natural energy levels. It’s also a good option if you aren’t comfortable being touched on your entire body. Reflexology uses gentle to firm pressure on different pressure points of the feet, hands, and ears.
- Shiatsu. A Japanese type of massage that promotes emotional and physical calm and relaxation, helps to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression, relieve headache and reduces muscle tension.
- Thai. For people who want a more active form of massage and want to reduce and relieve pain and stress. It works the entire body using a sequence of movements that are similar to yogic stretching. It can also help improve flexibility, circulation & energy levels.
- Prenatal. Can be a safe way for women to get a massage during pregnancy. It can help reduce pregnancy body aches, reduce stress, and ease muscle tension. It uses mild pressure similar to Swedish massage.
- Couple’s. A massage that you do with your partner, friend, or family member in the same room. It brings all the benefits of a regular massage and sometimes provides you with access to the spa’s hot tubs, saunas, and other facilities.
- Chair. Quick massage that focuses on your neck, shoulders, and back. A chair massage can also be a way to introduce you to massage if you’ve never had one before. Chair massage also helps to relieve stress and promote relaxation. This type of massage uses light to medium pressure.
Important! If you have health concerns or condition, it is recommended that you consult your doctor before getting any type of massage.
Spa’s I’ve tried and recommend
Tagaytay and Batangas area
- La VeryOl’s Mountain view garden. My top choice since they offer kawa bath plus massage for only Php999. The best combination ever!
- T House Tagaytay. A bed and breakfast hotel located along Tagaytay – Calamba road which offers hotel and spa services.
- Vibes. Our go to place, available in selected SM and Robinsons mall. It employs blind therapists and they are the best with pressure point therapy.
- Big Apple Express at SM Lipa.
Aside from going to Spa and wellness center, traveling is also a relaxation activity you can do with your family and loved ones. For travel ideas and hangout spots, follow our blog and we’ll keep you updated.