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The Good Body Updated: January 13, 2022Pain Management, Wellbeing
A sports massage is, as you’d expect, great for athletes or anyone with a physically demanding lifestyle.
Focus is on the impact of sporting activities on your joints, muscle groups, tendons, ligaments and soft tissues.
To ensure the therapist really hits the spot, you can expect an initial assessment so you get a tailored plan.
Lots of different movements are involved in a sports massage including: Swedish style massage, stroking, kneading, compression, friction, striking, vibration, gliding, stretching, percussion and trigger points.
The ultimate aim of a sports massage is to improve athletic performance. However, don’t rule it out if you’re not a sporty person!
There have been other reported benefits, including better sleep, increased flexibility and a greater sense of wellbeing.
Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils from plants to improve both mental and physical wellbeing.
Think Roman chamomile, geranium, lavender, tea tree, lemon, ginger, cedarwood and bergamot. Not only do they produce wonderful smells, but each one has a different chemical composition that affects how it’s absorbed and then impacts on our body.
A number of trials have shown how Roman chamomile can help to decrease anxiety.
One study, involving 58 cancer patients, tracked how participants felt before and after an aromatherapy massage.
Findings revealed that the treatment eased anxiety and also offered relief from depressive symptoms.
Suffering from menstrual cramps and looking for solutions?
A double-blind clinical trial discovered that the therapy is great for easing discomfort.
Participants found their pain level was reduced as well as the duration. In fact, the duration of the cramps decreased from 2.4 days to 1.8 days!
A head and scalp massage is a pure sensory pleasure. You can sit there, close your eyes, relax and enjoy.
But did you know that besides placing you in a total zen-like state, this type of massage may ease headaches, cut down feelings of stress and even boost hair growth. Amazing, right?
Don’t just take our word for it, listen to the American Massage Therapy Association.
They have reported that a scalp massage may help decrease the intensity, duration and frequency of tension headaches.
If you’re experiencing hair loss or thinning then you need to hear this.
Scientific research from Japan has proven scalp massage can increase hair thickness.
As part of the process, cells within hair follicles are stretched. This, in turn, stimulates the follicles to produce much thicker hair.
Also blood vessels are dilated beneath the skin and this encourages hair growth.
That’s not all:
Another piece of research which tracked 340 participants suffering from alopecia, revealed twice-daily scalp massages improved hair loss for 69% of participants.