Massage treatment is a great way to reduce the effects of stress on your mind and body. Stress can manifest itself in physical pains that affect the joints, muscles, and tendons of the body. Massage treatments can help relieve these symptoms. During a massage, the soft tissues of the body are manipulated for a relaxing and healing experience.
There is a wide variety of massage types; each targets a different type of body problem. Massages performed as a physiological, mental, or mechanical treatment are typically referred to as therapeutic massage or manipulative therapy.
In addition to a massage's ability to reduce stress and induce relaxation, extensive studies have determined that a number of health benefits are associated with massage treatments. In fact, massage is considered an ancient healing art that can assist with blood and lymphatic fluid circulation. Massages can serve as an immune system boost that promotes good health and vitality. Massage treatments have been found to help relieve anxieties, reduce labor pains, promote infant growth, take the edge off of alcohol withdrawal, aid cancer treatments, and boost self-esteem.
Massage treatments are most commonly performed by licensed massage therapists, though they are also offered by some physical therapists and occupational therapists. Massage costs tend to vary by location. Costs can be greatly reduced if the massage is performed as part of a more elaborate spa treatment, which may include facials, body wraps, waxing, and aromatherapy. Combination treatments at a day spa may be the best way to achieve deeper relaxation and invigoration.
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