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Give the Gift of Massage

Yes, the calendar may say its early fall, but soon enough it will be the holiday season. No matter which holiday you celebrate, it is time for family gatherings and the exchange of gifts. Yeah it’s easy to just give money or gift certificates, but a gift that shows thought is way more appreciated. One great gift idea that everyone enjoys is a massage, but not everybody enjoys a stranger giving that rubdown. The ability to enjoy the relieving effects of tissue massage can be savored in the home as well.

 Give the Gift of Massage

The Benefits of Massage

Give the Gift of Massage

The first thing that comes to mind too many people when they hear the term massage is a relaxing day at the spa, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Many people have been visiting massage therapists to receive the relief from a plethora of physical maladies that can improve with a good deep tissue massage. The benefits of massage have been studied for years. Considered a complementary or alternative medicine, a wide range of medical conditions can be treated with different massage techniques. Mayoclinic.org lists some of the conditions that may benefit from massage as:

  • Anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Soft tissue strains/injuries
  • Sports injuries

Don’t be fooled, massage is not a substitute for professional medical assistance, but can be used in conjunction with your doctor’s orders. Before starting any massage therapy, be sure to consult your physician to make sure you are healthy enough to enjoy the benefits.

Many Options Available

Lying on a table in a strange environment is what many think of when they hear the word massage, the truth is there are many ways to achieve the therapeutic benefits of a massage. At home you can use manual massagers to stimulate blood flow. With the simple use of pressure and the design of the massager, there is no need for any type of power source (AC or DC) to achieve relief. Many of these different designs can be used alone or with a partner. For a more intense massage, electric massagers can offer a variety of massage levels. You can relieve sore, aching muscles while watching your favorite TV show on the couch. Many even include an option for infrared heat!! Let’s not forget about our lower body when it comes time for therapy. Our feet and legs are what support us as we move around and can be in need of assistance. A lower body massager or a foot massager can be a godsend for our tired, aching extremities. Since our feet take the brunt of our walking or running, make sure to pamper your feet at home with massaging slippers or maybe a foot warmer . Remember, nothing will ruin your day more than achy feet!!

Give the Gift of Massage

Go Easy on Friction

Give the Gift of Massage

Yes, gentle pulses and vibrations feel good, but the use of massage creams/lotions can enhance the benefits of massage therapy. Many are available in unscented or scented options so you can choose what is appropriate for you. They allow hands or other aides to glide easily over your skin and tired muscles so you can enjoy any deep tissue massage without worrying about any irritation from extended friction on your skin. For those that may have allergies, feel free to choose from many made from natural ingredients to enhance your experience.

While there are many medical benefits of a massage, the top reason for a good rubdown is relieving tension and stress. After a tough day of work or a difficult workout, nothing is better than a good deep tissue massage to stimulate blood flow in order to recover.