Studies suggest that massage may help depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and insomnia.
Uses long, smooth strokes, pushing the flow of blood toward the heart. Benefits are relaxation, stress reduction, improved circulation, and possible aid in hypertension. It may also help dissolve scar tissue amd reduce swelling from some injuries.
Uses more pressure than most massages. The goal is to elongate the musccle fibers and loosen hard-to-budge tension. Benefits may aid in recovery from soft-tissue injuries, increase range of motion, and reduce the pain of arthritis and tendonitis.
Uses leverage and gravilty to apply pressure to specific points around the body using acupressure to relieve tight muscles.Benefits helps with overuse injuries. Can possibly strengthen the body’s immune system.
Fully clothed, hands are placed lightly on various parts of head, on the front and back of torso and the limbs. Used to help manage pain Benefits help with pain and anxiety, clears your mind
Designed to help athletes perform and recover faster, combines swedish and deep tissue massages. Benefits can help reduce soreness.
Borrows some techniques frm swedish massage. Consult your physcian first. Focuses on neck, shoulders, lower back. Benefits can reduce aches and pains. May ease pain and speed healing after delivery.
September 2008 Better Homes and Gardens
By Doug Donaldson
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