Massage to Relieve Tight Muscles

April 16, 2009 by Relaxation Guide  
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Leg pain? Cramping? Lack of flexibility?

It may be time for a massage. A massage of any type can help relieve the tension in the body. After the first session you will probably notice immediate relief. Our bodies repair injuries with scar tissue. Over time this builds up and restricts our movement. A massage can loosen and limit new scar tissue from forming. This leaves the muscles more pliable and easier to move.

The gentle or sometimes more vigorous deep tissue kneading strokes of a massage help to increase circulation. It also speeds up the removal of waste products and toxins that have accumulated in the body. Better blood flow helps to bring more oxygen and nutrients into the area rejuvenating it and allowing it to work more efficiently.

Our exercise program can also contribute to tight muscles. Runners especially must beware as the hip flexors and hamstrings can easily tighten and then leg pain is not too far behind. Weight lifters usually have tight shoulders and upper backs. Tennis players and golfers have elbow pain and lower back pain. Unfortunately we usually cannot escape and suffer from some sort of muscular pain from our activities.

Massage can help rejuvenate us and get us back to our favorite pasttimes quickly and alleviate the chronic pains and muscle tightness that we endure.

Massage and Headaches

April 16, 2009 by Relaxation Guide  
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Have you been getting more headaches recently? With the current economic situation and related stresses, headaches for a lot of us are becoming more frequent. The muscles of the upper back and neck tighten from the stress and we are left to deal with the pain.

Now we could just take a couple of pills like our doctor tells us. Or…we could relieve it naturally through massage. A good massage therapist will know how to relax the tense muscles with the strokes of their hands. We could even do a self massage that could ease the pain.

The best area that gives relief to headaches when massaged is called the sub occipital group. It is easy to find. It lies at the base of the skull and runs from ear to ear. Having a partner rub this area can usually bring relief and a lessening of the pain. Just lie face up and have your partner reach under the base of the skull and apply pressure upwards. You may even like to have more pressure at the edge of the skull.

And if you don’t have a partner? Don’t fret, you could lie on the floor and use a tennis ball or two at the sub occipital area. The tennis ball fits nicely at the base of the skull and you can roll from side to side to mimic the same movement.

Finally, stretching the neck can relieve some of the tension as well. Just pull your head down gently with your hands tilting the skull but keeping the neck lifted. Finish by slowly turning your head from side to side.

Easy and Simple Head to Toe Massage

April 16, 2009 by Relaxation Guide  
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Massages are a great way to relax your body and rejuvenate your mind. It is a very old method used for relaxation. In fact, it is one of the major stress busters used by this generation.

There are many types of massages for various kinds of ailments like arthritis, depression, headaches. The simplest and most popular massage is the head to toe relaxation massage. It can be of three popular types: Swedish, Rolfing and deep tissue massage.

Stress results in tension in the muscles and there is a difficulty in breathing. This results in the decrease of oxygen levels in the body. Massage is ideal for helping those tensed muscles relax and restore the normal levels of oxygen in your body. A relaxing massage session is thus recommended after a hard day at work.

But the reason why most people cannot avail the benefits of massaging is that they do not find the time to go to a specialist regularly. However, in case of time constraints that do not allow you to visit a massage therapist regularly, you can indulge in a bit of self massaging to help yourself relax.

The best thing about self massage is that it does not eat up much time on your busy schedule. It is easy to do, free and relaxing. What more do you ask for? In fact, self massage is the ideal thing for busy people who cannot spare any time for looking after their health. Given below are some simple self massages that you can give yourself anywhere ? at work, while waiting for a taxi or on the go.

1. Progressive Muscle Relaxation

During a lunch break or any five to ten minute break, give yourself the progressive muscle relaxation. At first, take a deep breath or two and get relaxed. Then, with each breath you draw, tense your muscles. As you exhale, relax those muscles. This very simple exercise will help you relax a great deal. Begin this with your toes and go up to your neck for a complete relaxation experience.

2. Foot Massage

You can give yourself a foot massage any time of the day. You just need to be in a comfortable position where you will be able to reach your feet. Begin with stroking your feet smoothly from toe to ankle. Then proceed to massaging your sole. In case you wear heels regularly, a sole massage is very important. You can use your knuckles for this. Then massage each and every toe separately.

The purpose of massaging is to ensure that you get relaxed. While giving yourself any kind of massage, there is one thing that you need to keep in mind: all that massaging requires is a simple and straightforward approach. If you have a headache, massage your temples. All you need to do is release the tension in the part of your body that is aching. This simple thing goes a long way in ensuring that you give great massages to yourself!