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Massage: What to Look for When Planning a Massage

Massages are a great way to unwind, relieve stress and relax.

Many people find them helpful for sports related injuries, stiff joints, fibromyalgia, and other physical ailments too. There are so many places now offering massages and so many types of massage styles that it can get confusing.

The first question to ask yourself is what type of massage experience you want. Do you want a pampering and tranquil setting where you can relax even after the massage is done? You may consider going to a spa with massage services.

If you have an injury or a specific medical issue, make sure to call the spa and ask if their masseuses have any experience with those conditions.

If you want a shorter, more targeted massage or prefer therapeutic massages, many sports therapy clinics and physical rehabilitation centers either offer massage or can recommend a masseuse.

Tired and stressed after a long flight? Some airports have massage kiosks near terminals! As for the types of massages available, there are far too many to cover here. Some of the most popular types are: Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, Shiatsu massage, and Sports massage.

Swedish massage is generally the most well known type of massage, and is what most people envision when they think of “massage.” It stimulates the blood flow and lymph system by using long, even strokes with medium pressure.

Deep Tissue message is related to the Swedish massage and uses the same type of strokes, but with harder pressure and a more localized focus. This type of massage is good for tense muscles, muscle knots and stiff joints.

Shiatsu massage is originally from Japan and relies on “acupressure.” Pressure on a specific acupuncture point is held for several seconds before the practitioner moves onto the next point. These are supposed to be very relaxing and generally cause no soreness the next day.

Sports massage is mainly for people who are physically active, but also for people who have stretched or strained a muscle and people who have a decreased range of movement. This type of massage focuses on stretching and improving range of movement while also preventing sports injuries.

Massage Experience – What did she mean ‘Take care of me?’

I blundered into my third class of the day, my shoulders aching and my head wobbling. I had pulled another late night…and the worst kind. This was the kind where I had fallen asleep in my rickety old desk chair and had pulled muscles in my sleep. I barely made it to my desk, I was so sore…and once seated, I was unable to think about anything but getting up again and returning to my room for some advil.

Class was impossible to focus on. Out of two hours and forty-five minutes of class, I spent an hour and fifteen minutes wishing I was dead. But out of nowhere, I received a tap on the shoulder, and little did I know, this tap would change my entire day into something wonderful.

It was a girl, someone I routinely asked for help with homework, and someone who could tell I was not myself today. “Are you tense?” She asked.

“Tense?” I replied, “Understatement of the year.” – “Want me to take care of it for you?”

I didn’t know how to take a statement like that…take care of it how? But in the midst of my thought process, I winced as another twinge of pain went shooting through my shoulder. My answer slipped out. “Yes, please!” Without another word, she positioned herself behind me and dug her hands into my shoulders.

For a second, it hurt like nothing I’d ever known. But after that second…oh, it was the most relaxing feeling in the world. A wave of relief passed over me. I didn’t know this girl particularly well, however, let it be known, I could’ve kissed her at the time.

She dug deeper into my shoulders and upper back, popping a few unhinged joints back into place, and relaxing them once they were there. Where once my skin felt like a prison, I was beginning to consider it a well-stretched blanket now.

Slowly, I sank into my seat. I was almost afraid I would sigh too loud with satisfaction and be reprimanded by the professor. By the time the girl had made her way to my neck, I was willing to trust her with my darkest secrets. That was the power of a massage for me…and, I have to assume, for anyone who dislikes sore shoulders. Suddenly, the class bell rang.

I jolted up in my chair…what? How could an hour and a half have elapsed in the fifteen seconds I wasn’t paying attention? The girl ceased her massage and began to pack up her books. Suddenly, the dream ended, and I had crashed into the hard, bitter ground of reality.

But my shoulders, my neck, and my back were so relaxed and relieved that I felt I could go several more miles without even feeling a sting. I turned to the girl. She smiled at me, as apparently my eyes had said it all. “Yea, sure, no problem. That’s what massages are for,” She said, without me saying anything.

She packed up and left. I remained sitting in my chair for a few moments, and then got up, put my things into my bag, and got up to leave myself. Who was the girl? Well, I was anxious to find that out myself.

But what she did for me gave me the energy to continue my day.

If you, dear reader, have never had a massage to soothe your aches and pains…allow me to be the first to tell you, it’s heaven on earth. Almost enough so to inspire some even later nights, just to serve as an excuse for some massages in the future! Never pass up an opportunity if it presents itself.

My First Professional Massage

One of our readers sent in this great story about her first massage experience, it makes a really good read. If you also have a story about massage to share, just write down a comment below.

Up until last year, I had never had a professional massage. I had always wanted one, but could not afford to purchase one.

One day, while shopping at a local mall, I saw a new concept store had opened and they were advertising free 15 minute upper body massages. My partner and I went in immediately.

We had to wait a few minutes for the masseuse to finish with his current customer, and then it was my turn. I sat down in the massage chair, facing forward with my knees and arms resting on the pads and my face on the head rest.

I was very surprised by how comfortable this position was, especially because I am overweight and the chair looked like something from a middle ages dungeon.

The massage lasted 15 minutes and it was the most comfortable experience of my life. The masseuse did not talk to me other than to introduce himself. He started with my hands, then arms, shoulders, upper back/neck area, and ended with a scalp massage.

By the time he was done, I felt like an overcooked noodle. I was SO relaxed. I have never in my life felt like that.

At the end, I sat in a chair and waited while my partner got her massage. I rested my head back and closed my eyes. I had nothing on my mind except how good I felt both physically and mentally.

I have since gone back a few times and paid for the massage with this same masseuse. They only charge $25.00 for 15 minutes and it is more than worth that amount of money.

The masseuse has helped me to truly get the tension and stress out of my neck and head, where it seems to settle after a while.

I suffer from panic and anxiety disorder and these massages have helped me in more ways than one. I feel so relaxed after the massages and that feeling is something I very rarely feel, as I am always on edge.

All I can say is that massage has changed my life in little bits and pieces ever since that first freebie!