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The Benefits of Pressure During a Massage

Massage therapy and Reflexology has many benefits, but in order to gain these benefits, first your massage therapist needs to use just the right amount of pressure.

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A massage that doesn’t use enough pressure is a massage you can’t feel. While having someone lightly run their hands over your body may feel nice at the time, such a light touch is unable to provide you with the physical and mental health benefits that a good massage gives.

On the other end of the spectrum, a massage that uses too much pressure is painful, unpleasant, could leave you feeling worse afterwards than when you came into the spa, and sometimes can even lead to injury.

There is a happy middle ground of massage pressure that leaves an individual feeling good and relaxed. The amount of pressure needed for benefits varies from person to person and is different depending on what part of the body is being manipulated.

For these reasons, it is important for you to communicate with your massage therapist during the session and let them know whether they are not using enough pressure or if they are using too much pressure and causing pain.

When muscle tissue contracts, it can become compressed and undergo spasms. This can lead to chronic pain because it constricts nerves, Applying pressure during massage can expand and decompress the tissue in your muscles, tendons and ligaments, thereby relieving any compressed nerves which reducing pain. Aside from pain relief, the correct amount of pressure used on the ligaments and muscles of your body during a massage has many healing aspects. Amongst these are promoting healing, physical and mental relaxation, promoting good circulation and stimulating blood flow, preventing migraines, and increasing oxygen delivery to cells.

Massage therapy is an art and a learned skill. It is always best to receive massages from someone who has been professionally trained in the correct ways to perform a massage. In this way, you can be sure to receive the benefits of massage therapy without experiencing any of the pain.

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