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A Pampering Massage to Lose Your Stress

Apr 7, 2008
Ongoing stress is a recipe for disaster that can impact your ability to follow your daily routine. Once your body has reached its limit, you are more than likely to fall apart physically and be prevented from meeting your obligations or having any fun.

Before stress takes over your life, take a break to care for yourself. Head to your local spa and treat yourself to a massage that will allow you to put a halt to your hectic pace.

Make some time in your busy schedule to check out massage services at a nearby day spa or massage therapist. They'll be able to advise you of the options available to help you overcome your stress and feel pampered. There's more than one type of massage technique, so read up on the various ones available that will meet your needs. You'll need to take into consideration what will best address your problems, how much time you can allow, and whether you can afford it.

Types of Massage

Before indulging yourself, you need to know what happens during the various types of massage, and what they're best at fixing. Here's an overview to help you make a choice.

1. Hot Stone Massage: Just like it sounds, this massage technique involves placing smooth, heated rocks on specific areas of your body. It's perfect for relieving muscle aches and pains. The warmth of the stones loosens your tight muscles, giving you greater freedom of movement and reducing your pain. Your massage therapist will gently apply pressure and a little friction to relax the muscles even more.

2. Shiatsu. This is a Japanese form of massage wherein the therapist applies pressure with the fingers and palms to specific areas of the body. The idea is to correct imbalances in the body in order to maintain and promote good health. It's particularly effective at relieving stress-related headaches and stiffness due to problems of the circulatory system. Although similar to acupressure and acupuncture, it predates them considerably.

3. Aromatherapy. Certain essential oils, especially lavender, are known for their relaxing qualities, and this technique combines oil with a calming massage. The massage therapist works the oil into your skin, loosening your tense muscles and relaxing your mind. Although you'll likely feel sleepy during your session, you'll leave feeling energized. This treatment is particular useful for relieving emotional stress.

4. Thai Massage. This massage therapy utilizes a little more pressure than does shiatsu massage, and incorporates stretching similar to yoga. But you don't have to do any of the work. The massage therapist will guide your body through the postures for you. This is excellent for stress reduction as well as improved flexibility and range of motion.

These are just a few of your options, but you now have a good idea of what will suit your needs the best and help you pare down your stress. Of course, you're free to try them all!
About the Author
Kim Archer writes about women's wellness. She is publisher of The Internet Spa, where you'll find the information you need to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.
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