Massage is an exchange of energies in which, through sliding, friction and kneading techniques, the circulatory, lymphatic, nervous and energetic systems are worked, providing relaxation for the body and mind, fighting physical and mental fatigue.
Its benefits can still be seen during the massage, however, its health benefits are even more evident, when you create the habit of receiving massages at least once a week.
The benefits of massage, in addition to relaxing the body and feeling of well-being, include:
Relief from muscle tension and pain
Improved blood circulation, skin elasticity and immune system
Decreased blood pressure in the case of hypertensive patients
Stimulation and balance of the intestinal system
Elimination of toxins and metabolic wastes
Reduction of insomnia
Types of massages
There are different types of massage that focus on different parts of the body and that are used depending on the person’s purpose.
The types of massage are generally classified into four groups. Therapeutic massages, indicated for the treatment of pain and dysfunction, preventive massages, aimed at relaxation, maintenance of well-being and injury prevention, sports massages, with the objective of warming up and muscle recovery and aesthetic ones, with modeling functions and draining.
Within these groups, there are several different techniques, in which devices, oils or hot stones can be used, for example, which enhance the properties of massage.
Where to get a massage
Many clinics, beauty centers and spas offer this type of treatment, however, it is important to choose an appropriate location, with a good therapist, since the knowledge of the technique by the professional who will apply it is essential for obtaining good results, balancing the energy and vitality of the body, and so one should try to perform the massage in an appropriate place with a good therapist.
Who should not receive massage
In some cases, massage may not be a safe procedure and therefore should be avoided, especially when the person has a broken bone or osteoporosis, bleeding disorders, open wounds, cancer or other medical conditions that can be aggravated by massage .
In addition, pregnant women should avoid receiving massages during the first trimester, unless recommended by the doctor.