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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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Water Aerobics For Thos With Sore Joints

If you are older and suffer from muscle or joint pain because of a medical condition then water aerobics are definitely an option.  All of the aerobics such as running dancing, walking jumping and jogging can be done in the water as well as on land.  The benefits are similar and there  is less hardship for the heart.

 

 

If you are overweight or recovering from an injury or illness that has left you very weak then water aerobics is probably of great benefit to you. It is the type of exercise where you can work at your own pace.  It is also up to you how hard you will work out in the water making it difficult to overdo it.

 

 

There are community centers and fitness centers all over the world that have aquatic programs. These exercises, which are usually offered as 45 to one hour mclasses at pools are sometiems known as Aquafit.

 

 

A water aerobics routine is structured in much the same way as any other type of fitness routine. There is a warm up, stretching and cooling down period. The exercise session might also include a lot dancing or rhythm tic movements but in water. Sometiems dance steps are also incorporated. In fact, one of the latest treads in aquatic exercise is to offer themed classes with Salsa or Rock N Roll moves.

 

 

You can also usually choose between deep water or shallow water aerobic exercise classes. Deep-water aquafit entails the use of floatation devices and is a little more anaerobic as back and stomach muscles are often required to keep you afloat during the routine. In shallow water aerobic exercising the emphasis is more on true aerobic exercise and burning as many calories as furious as you can as  as you splash around in the shallow water. Both types use resistance with flotation devices in order to strengthen muscles.  Foam dumbells might also be used to strengthen the upper arm muscles.

 

There is also a type of aerobic exercise in the water that is more like a running class. Only instead of running on land you are wearing a life jacket and running for 45 minutes straight. You might also be asked to perform flutter kicks or cycling movements.

 

 

A work out in the water can help you lose weight. An average 45 to 55 minute session can help you work off between 450 and 700 calories. This is wonderful news for people on a diet who do not want a great deal of stress on their muscles and bones.