Massage can also counteract the imbalances caused from sitting for lengthy periods. Seek out a good massage therapist, for overall relaxation chose Swedish Style oil massage, for this helps to not only get the lymph and blood systems circulating, it also helps to relax the entire body.
All relaxation based full body massage therapy should begin with some gentle / soft massage around the shoulder and neck area's, with the person in the prone or face down position. After the therapist works these area's with warm oil for around 10 mins you should begin to feel somewhat more relaxed. Be sure and let the therapist know if you wish to have more of less pressure applied, as we are all different. The therapist cannot read your mind, however a good one will be aware that you are not getting the best from their work. The last thing you want is to lay there getting frustrated because you feel uncomfortable, what's the point, you are there to relax!
After you feel comfortable the therapist will usually then move down to the feet and start with flowing light touch or (effleurage), movements upwards. This is the correct approach as we want to move the lymph and blood towards the upper realms of the body as gravity is always tending to pull and pool our circulatory fluids downwards. There are many different massage therapies that can address the different area's that are likely to be causing problems, however overall Swedish and Remedial Massage more often applies to gaining an overall feeling of well being.
Muscle manipulation techniques will usually best address deep muscular aches and pains, although finding a good therapist is not so easy when it comes to the art of muscle manipulation. Chiropractors don't usually spend the time to manipulate our muscles, however sometimes they secure the services of a competent therapist that can assist in this manner previous to the Chiropractor applying spinal manipulation. Of course again, regular exercise and attention to a more alkaline based diet helps in warding off declines in our overall physiology.
Massage is beneficial for a variety of health-related purposes, including to relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation,address anxiety and depression, and to aid general wellness... Be Well.