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It is a well known fact that massage is an essential part of a recovery and maintenance of a healthy body in our modern busy lives. It not only relieves the stress and tension and improves healing of strained tissues, but also flushes out the build-up of toxins and waste materials caused by our lifestyle, food choices and daily activity.
How do you choose the right one for you though? Most of us go for a deep tissue massage as a first choice, as we are subconsciously aware of lack of attention towards our body, and we feel the need to compensate by something that sounds really serious.
What is this Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is exactly what it says on the tin. It is a variation of a classic Swedish massage, however most of the moves and techniques that are used in the treatment are shorter, sharper, deeper, and more targeted into exact locations, with most tension and blockages. Every massage needs to begin with smoother longer ''warming up'' strokes, that prepare tense and tired muscles for the ''workout'' part of the massage. Then we can gradually increase the pressure and adjust the technique according to a client's comfort and pain threshold.
Who needs it most?
Deep tissue massage is usually a best choice for people who have monotonous strenuous jobs, regularly take part in physically demanding activities, that are quite muscular, or their body has already adapted to a classic massage. Yes, your muscles get used to all the work you give them.
What does it do for you?
One of the best benefits you get from a regular massage is a strong muscular built, which can support you in events of unexpected strain or accident, better circulation and lymph flow, which prevents unnecessary illness and infections, and overall improvement of immunity and energy levels.
Massage can also be effectively used for immediate short term results, like relaxation, alleviation of anxiety and depression, temporary relief from sleeping disorders, but also mobilisation of blockages and spasms that have formed in the past, and are causing pain and restricting mobility.
How do the knots build up?
We can go a long time without dealing with these minor issues, however, there is a real danger here. A blockage caused by minor injury, or even just sleeping funny can result in a massive problem in the future. I like to compare this to a car crash in the tunnel. When the blockage appears at first, it might be really insignificant. With nutrients and minerals constantly streaming in though, there is no passageway for metabolites to leave the body. At first, the smaller particles with fluid do get through, but in time the build-up of the larger ones is almost palpable, and slowly but surely, you have to notice tension and discomfort around your muscles.
What happens to the knots that are not dealt with?
At this stage, the massaged muscles feel pretty crackly, the build-up of the waste materials can be grainy at first, and with time grow all the way to the size of a walnut. This is when your muscles are deprived of nutrition and oxygen, as more and more passageways are getting blocked up, and the whole groups of muscles are getting tense and rigid.
This can be still dealt with, even though the treatments get increasingly painful with the amounts of waste to be removed. If you still choose to ignore the situation, you are risking a real threat of calcification, as some of the minerals trapped in the stagnant area can turn the lump into a bone-like substance, that might severely restrict mobility, and might later result in surgery.
How to keep yourself in a good shape?
Regular massage treatments do prevent these extreme situations, and aid your overall health and performance, so there is really no reason to wait until things get out of control. If there is a lot of work to be done, to get you back in shape, when you are already dealing with a particular issue, you might need to commit to at least 5 or 6 weekly sessions. However, if you are still in a good shape, and want to keep yourself in a peak condition, a fortnightly or a monthly treatment is all you need. It is of course very individual, depending on the level of your fitness the character of work that you do and generally your daily habits.
Can you help yourself?
There are many ways you can aid the recovery of
your muscles. Alongside regular treatments and healthy lifestyle, you can use
Aloe Vera based Heat Lotion that
penetrates deep into the tissue and helps bring the warming agents deep into
the muscles, rather than just sit on the skin and irritate you, and MSM Gel that works
well as a local pain killer and is formulated with MSM which is organic Sulphur
naturally occurring in bones and cartilage. Please visit the Store for more
great sports products that will help you improve your fitness levels and reach
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