5 Massage Therapy Techniques

Written by: Julieta Hernandez Date of published: . Posted in Articles

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Ahhhhhh… blissful therapeutic massage!

Most people envision long, gliding strokes and the gentle kneading of tense muscles delivered by capable hands coated in aromatic oils and soothing lotions. While Swedish massage is the most common modality in the United States, there are literally hundreds more healing techniques from which to choose when partaking of the bodywork smorgasbord!

The Best Type of Massage for Runners

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The Best Type of Massage for Runners

Why Massage Is Good For Runners

Running is a huge sport in the US, and runners are constantly looking for ways to improve their speed, distance and recovery time. The act of running causes contractions in the leg and arm muscles and the tissue that connects them (the “fascia”). These contractions are the impetus for the running, but they also can lead to shortened, tight muscles, loss of joint range of motion and decreased circulation in the muscles and surrounding fascia and related tissues. Injuries caused by running (and other repetitive activities) are known as “Repetitive Strain Injuries”.

Runner’s Knee and Massage Therapy

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What is Runner’s Knee?

Runner’s knee, or patellofemoral pain syndrome, is the name given to a specific set of conditions that involve overuse or injury of the muscles in the kneecap and thigh. Running places immense stress on the tendons, bone, and muscle in the knees and thighs, giving rise to the condition called runner’s knee. While running, the thighs and hamstrings pull on the tendons that connect them to the kneecaps. If the muscles are too tight, this can overwork the knee. Without proper training and rest, this causes runner’s knee. This is very similar to what happens in Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome, a condition in which the IT band that extends from the hip constantly rubs against the thigh and puts stress on the knee.

Every CrossFit Training Program Needs Massage

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What the Heck is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a fitness philosophy that believes in building bodies that are prepared for anything. The program was developed by Greg Glassman after he took a broad view of health, wellness, sport and all physical tasks. It involves a constantly varied regimen of high intensity functional movements. It incorporates activities from Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, gymnastics, interval training, sports, calisthenics and other sources. CrossFit athletes are never bored and love every sweaty, gasping minute of it.

If You Read One Article about Reflexology Massage Read this One

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Some people believe reflexology is simply a fantastic foot massage, but it actually goes far beyond making simply your feet feel great. Reflexology uses pressure applied to specific points on the body, mainly the feet, ears and hands, to stimulate activity in the body’s organs to improve their function and overall general health. While it is not a cure for illness, it is a time-tested complementary treatment that can help with disorders such as anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, diabetes and headaches.

The Benefits of Infrared Sauna Use and Massage Therapy

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What is an Infrared Sauna?

Infrared saunas use a special type of light to create a heated environment that enables the elimination of toxins, enhanced pain relief, continued relaxation after a massage, and many other types of health benefits. Like traditional saunas, an infrared sauna uses heat to effect positive changes in your body. The primary difference between an infrared sauna and traditional sauna is that an infrared sauna works to gently heat only your body, while a traditional sauna heats the entire space, which can lead to experiencing uncomfortably high temperatures. Learn how time spent in an infrared sauna can positively impact your own health.