Legitimate Justifications for Getting a Massage
A nice rubdown may be a complete godsend, whether it's a back rub from your boyfriend or a Massage Fitzroy North during a manicure. But it's not simply pleasant to feel: According to specialists and research, getting a massage can be good for your health.
The following information should be kept in mind the next time you ask for a massage or think about spending money on a pro treatment because you can't argue with science (and probably wouldn't want to):
It's a painkiller — particularly when your massage therapist touches your exposed skin. Researchers found that Yoga Fitzroy North stimulated the same brain region as opioid relievers like codeine when they compared the brain function of persons receiving various touch treatments.
You do not require a prescription for massage, so if you experience pain in a particular region, ask someone to apply sustained, medium pressure for about 10 seconds to the area of discomfort (commonly called a knot or tightened muscle fibers where blood flow is impeded). According to Patrick Walsh, former sports massage therapist for the New York Giants and clinical director at Shift Integrative Medicine in New York City, direct pressure must feel uncomfortable and acutely intense but not painful.
While waiting, inhale deeply, then exhale. Imagine the knot dissolving. Walsh claims that while doing this, your brain can relax those muscles, which may sound odd. (Oh, and if you're unable to find a masseuse? Put pressure directly on the knot by lying on a foam roller, medicine ball, or tennis ball.