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How Massage Can Help You Stay Fit

If you are going to exercise you are going to get sore muscles, bones or joints.

There are many beneficial effects of massage, including pain relief, stress reduction but also relief of many diseases.  An occassional regular massage can definitely help you stay more comfortable and also help you retain your flexibility.

 

 

Massage is particularly useful when it comes to relieving the pain of musculoskeletal injuries. This is helpful if you do overdo it while exercising. It reduces back pain and postoperative pain and can help relieve muscle soreness and headaches.  It can alleviate the need for any pain releivers.

 

 

Massage also increases the breath capacity in asthmatics and can help alleviate the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. It can also help with dental or jaw pain.

 

 

Massage also has beneficial effects mentally and can help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. In addition to pain relief, reducing stress is a common reason many people get massages.

 

 

Massage can be performed by a professional Massage Therapist, or by other health care professionals, such as Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Athletic trainers, and Physical Therapists.

 

 

Massage therapists work out of hospitals, in nursing homes, sports and fitness facilities, spas, beauty salons and cruise ships. Some travel to private offices, residences or businesses and do the massage on the premises using a portable massage table.

 

 

The usual professional massage entails that the client liw on a massage table, sitting upright in a massage chair, or lying on a pad on the floor.  The person receiving the treatment is unclothed as necessary and their body is draped with towels or sheet.

 

 

Massage can also help improve a person’s psychological outlook and relieve stress. It is used to block pain, create a natural high and sense of well-being and prevent the development of scar tissue. The word itself is a French word that means “friction or kneading. “

 

 

Massage involves manipulating the patient’s body with pressure tension, motion, or vibration done manually or with mechanical aids. Usually it is tendons, joints, lymphatic tissue organs and connective tissue that is the focus of the healing touch.

 

Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, forearm, and feet. There is over eighty different types of massage available so do a little research before you book an appointment.

 

 

Common types of massage include Swedish massage, aromatherapy massage, hot stones massage, deep tissue massage, shiatsu, Thai massage, reflexology, sports massage, Trager massage and acupressure.

 

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The Rules of Doing Tai Chi Correctly

When you practice tai chi exercises you don’t have to get them perfect. However there are some basic guidelines that you need to enjoy the maximum health, mental and spiritual benefits of doing them.

 

The first thing you need to be mindful of when you do Tai Chi is how you turn directions. Most people get the hang of this when they practice in a group. However when you do them alone it helps to imagine a clock in front of you and picture a midnight, three o’clock, six o’clock and 9 o’clock on a dial. This can help prevent you from making a full spin with your body when making a quarter turn or ending up facing the south when you should be facing east.

 

The next big thing that you need to pay attention to when you perform tai chi is how you are breathing. This is not breathing that is done from the upper chest. It is done from the diaphragm. You will also be breathing more through your mouth then you normally would. Usually people breathe through their nose.

 

It is also important to take deep cleansing breaths that initiate from a place as deep in your belly as you can feel. This helps calm and relax you as well as limbers you up so you can perform the postures.

 

You will also be taught to hold your breath. Many tai chi masters say that the healing does not take place on the inhale or exhale but rather on the pause between either.  So you are never gulping air like a goldfish in a bowl. You are inhaling, holding your breath and then exhaling.

 

As a general rule in Tai Chi you will be breathing in whenever you elevate your arms and breathing out when lowering your arms or bending.

 

It is not speed that counts when you do tai chi. Exercises are done very slowly which at first makes people who are not used to it teeter off of their balance. You should also never find yourself breathing fast!

 

One rule in Tai Chi is that you should never bend your knees further than your toes. So this means that if you look down you should still be able to see them. Doing too deep of a squat is a no no in Tai Chi. This is how you build lower body strength and stability.

 

It is also crucial that you keep your body relaxed while you do these exercises. You should shake out as much tension from your neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, fingers, legs, ankles and toes as you can before you start.