Massages, both the giver and receiver, can be complicated. Different massages require different techniques. Elderly people, injured people, someone of a different sex, and personal preferences all shape how the massage is going to go. So there is no one-size-fits-all massage. The following tips are sure to keep you interested in massage therapy.
Stay hydrated following a massage. The water will help to eliminate the toxins that are released the the stimulation of tissues. You’ll reduce your soreness by flushing out these toxins with water. During the first hour after your massage you should drink at least two glasses of water, and another eight before 24 hours ends.
Consider going in for a massage once a week. A lot of people find regular massages helps their mood as well as their overall health. The reason for this is that getting a massage reduces your stress by relaxing your body. If you can, shoot for getting a massage at least two times per week.
Look at the person receiving the massage to determine if you are hitting all the areas that they need addressed. You must observe muscle tension and facial expressions. Your touch will greatly improve as you practice and gain experience. If the body tenses, you may be applying too much pressure.
Deep tissue massages are a great way to treat injuries, both old and new. Deep tissue therapy includes slow motions that cause friction against the grain of the muscle. Which helps stretch the muscle resulting the healing of injuries.
A Shiatsu massage is very similar to an acupuncture session except the therapist uses fingers instead of needles. A massage therapist knows exactly how to put the right pressure on your pressure points, which will allow your body to relax quickly. This boosts both energy and balance.
There is a technique athletes use to give themselves a foot massage. They just roll their feet over a tennis or golf ball. Move your foot in both a heel to toe and a side to side motion. Spend more time on the arch since this area is more sensitive.
As time passes, speed up. In the beginning, you will want to massage very slowly to get the person acquainted to your hands and the muscles loose. Then you can later move faster with your hands and apply more pressure.
As you’ve seen, there are all kinds of new knowledge about massage therapy. There are lots of right ways and wrong ways, and this is especially true when you first start. Don’t just move your hands; instead, use the information you’ve learned to give a great massage.