It seems that people today are more exposed to stress than ever. Nervous tension due to stress extends to muscle tension, which results in sore, stiff and achy muscles and an overall feeling of fatigue and discomfort.
Fortunately, there are stress relieving massage techniques that are not necessarily limited to expensive day spas and massage parlors, and they can be learned and practiced in the privacy of one’s own home. A nice, long and sensuous massage does wonders for a tired and worn-out body.
Benefits of stress relief massage
Massage techniques and therapies against stress have been used for a long time by experienced practitioners and they indeed do wonders against muscle tension due to stress.
Stress has a negative effect on joints and muscles, making them stiff. A good massage reduces the tension and makes them more flexible, and it also serves to identify the points of the most highly concentrated tension in the body. Many ailments are caused by those tension points, like headache, stiff neck or sore back, and treating them will treat those ailments too.
A stress relieving massage helps a person to unwind, which promotes a good night’s sleep, which is very important, both for the psychological and physical well-being. People who suffer from insomnia can benefit a lot from these massages.
In addition to relieving stress and its effects, massages also improve the circulation of blood in the body and stimulate the production of endorphins, hormones that promote serenity, well-being and positivity.
Stress relief massage techniques
Environment is one of the most important factors for achieving beneficial effects of massage. It should be quiet, calm and soothing. Scented candles, soft light, quiet, peaceful music and aromatherapy help a lot.
The person giving a massage should use quality massage oil, so the skin does not get irritated. The massage starts on the back, moving from the shoulders to the lower back, using circular motions.
The muscles that are particularly tense kneaded with the base of the palm, pushing hard against the muscle for maximum relaxation. This, however, should not cause pain. This technique is most effective for sore muscles of the back, legs and buttocks.
The tension is the stiffest areas can be relieved by using the thumb or the index finger in a circular motion for about 10 seconds. This can be completed several times, until the muscles relax completely.
After the massage, it is recommended to stretch the whole body to complete the treatment. Massages should not be performed if the person drank alcohol that day, has a fever or immediately after meals.