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Your Questions Answered about Massages
By: Candace Parksons

For your mental well-being, and your body, a massage is one of the best things you can obtain. A good massage will relax you, relieve your stress, and also loosen your muscles. For a variety of reasons, many people have not explored the benefits that a massage can offer. It's natural to have some worries or concerns if you've never had a massage, and we would like to discuss some of these.

What choices does one have, when it comes to massages?

There are numerous types of massages and various styles. Some massage techniques have specific purposes, while others are simply for body relaxation. The stereotypical situation that comes to people's minds when they hear the word "massage" is a Swedish massage, in which the client is nude except for a towel in their midsection. A masseuse will use oil and massage techniques to loosen muscles and relieve stress. In Oriental massage, however, acupuncture is frequently used, and the client is usually fully clothed. By working on major pressure points, a masseuse is attempting to bring complete balance to the body. A postural massage, a myofacial release massage, and many more, are your choices.

I have an appointment for my first massage. What should I do during my massage?

The most important thing to remember when you are getting a massage is to get comfortable and relax. Your massage therapist will likely be able to work around your positioning or tell you how to position your body to receive the maximum results. Your main concern is to just lie on the massage table and enjoy the process. If you want to, you can close your eyes and remain quiet while the masseuse completes the process. Or, if you'd prefer, you can talk during the massage if talking relaxing for you. If your talking begins to interfere with the relaxing tendencies of the massage, though, your masseuse may politely ask you to be quiet so you can enjoy the full effects of the process.

Are there instances in which a massage would not be appropriate for me?

A few situations and instances might make it harmful to your health to get a massage. When you fill out the information sheet that they require before receiving your first massage, be as truthful as you can. This will help the professionals properly assess your needs and be sure that they are not causing harm to you by giving you a massage. Some medications might cause harmful effects if you are on them while getting a massage. Other health concerns, such as pregnancy or high fevers, might also have harmful results if receiving a massage during these situations. Oftentimes, if you inform your masseuse about a concern, they can work around it so you will still receive a relaxing experience.

How about a couple's massage?

Couples massage is a fantastic way to spend quality time with your partner. Both you and your spouse will be in the same room, getting your massages at the same time. This relaxing experience allows you and your mate to have muscles loosened and pressure points worked together. In the process you will also get a face and body massage. A great gift for the celebration of a special event or an anniversary by you and your mate is obtaining a massage package. They generally run about $300.00.

How do I get a career in massage therapy?

Massage therapy is a flourishing field for many college-aged people and even older. Most areas have several schools that offer massage therapy certification classes to help you become a professional masseuse. Before you can receive certification, though, most courses require you to have a certain number of massaging hours as part of your training. Your family and friends will love this part because they are often the target for students wishing to become professional massage therapists. In some areas, you might also need to take some basic anatomy classes to learn more about the body and the pressure points in it.

Candace Parksons is a former student of the Healing Arts Institute, a massage school Sacramento, and highly recommends their continuing education classes and DVDs on Swedish massage techniques or sports massage therapy. she highly recommends their massage therapist education classes and massage videos available online such as the highly acclaimed Swedish massage techniques video.

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