You’ll be at your sharpest after a full night’s sleep. For most adults, that means 6 hours or more. If you’ve got a big event coming up or something important at work, schedule a neuromuscular massage the day before. A good massage leads to good sleep.
Neuromuscular massage is also a deep tissue technique that focuses on restoring strength and range of motion to an area of overuse or injury. Neuromuscular massage is not always as comfortable or relaxing as a Swedish massage, but the after effects are.
Neuromuscular massage is a targeted therapy to treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, persistent neck or back pain, and issues of overuse such as carpel tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow or shoulder and rotator cuff pain from golf or baseball.
Deep tissue massage uses greater pressure on the muscles to focus on the tissue, tendons and fascia which will help relieve chronic muscle tension. Deep tissue massage is beneficial in lowering blood pressure and by boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Trigger point therapy is designed to ease tightness within a constricted muscle that may refer pain to another part of the body. Cycles of isolated, increasing pressure followed by release results in an easing of pain in vulnerable areas such as the head and neck.
Swedish massage is perhaps the most common type of massage therapy and involves long, gliding strokes over the entire body. This type of massage increases the blood flow and provides a generally, relaxing experience. Swedish massage reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and boosts the immune system because it stimulates the number of white blood cells that fight infection.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
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