Massage isn't just about feeling good and relaxing for an hour or an hour and a half.
The Mayo Clinic says while more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may be helpful for anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia related to stress, TMJ and soft tissue strains or injuries.
There area three common types of massage, Swedish which is a gentle form of massage, deep tissue massage, which uses slower more forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and tissue, and a sports massage, which is similar to Swedish, but focused on particular areas.
As most people can benefit from massage, it may not be appropriate if you take blood thinners, have burns wounds, fractures, severe osteoporosis or deep vein thrombosis.
In terms of pregnant women, it may be best to find a massage therapist who is certified with prenatal massage, and talk to your doctor about it.
Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day.
But massage shouldn't ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn't feel right or is painful, speak up right away. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during massage.
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