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Top 10 Massage Techniques

Massage Techniques To Reduce Headaches

With workplace stress becoming more commonplace, so the cost to industry increases with it as more and more individuals take time off work due to stress related illness. To combat these growing figures, a number of new stress combatant measures are being implemented into the workplace. One of the most popular is a workplace massage. The top ten massage techniques are listed below. [...more click to full story]

Massage Techniques To Reduce Headaches

Massage is known for its many therapeutic and health giving benefits. Physicians, to help promote healing for many ailments, often prescribe it. However, when it comes to headaches, new scientific research is showing that massage is extremely beneficial.

One of the benefits that massage offers is that headache sufferers can often perform the massage themselves. Yet, it is always recommended to see a professional for the relief of headaches that cause chronic pain. [...more click to full story]

Have you ever wanted to go for a massage therapy session but didn't know what type of massage to get? Massage therapy is a very diverse field of work and there are many types of massage to choose from that range from full-body stress relief to highly targeted methods that relieve muscular pain and dysfunction. Five of the most popular types of massage are Swedish massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Sports Massage, and Neuromuscular Therapy. [...more click to full story]

When you offhandedly mention that you are studying the ancient Hindu and Buddhist craft of Tantra massage and beliefs, you are sure to get at least a raised eyebrow of interest. After all, Tantra massage sounds sensual, and brings on naughty thoughts. Not naughty, but a sense of “sensual awareness”.

The key to a Tantric massage is to liven up the body, not to relax the body. [...more click to full story]

Massage has been around for thousands of years. It's impossible to discount the effects touch has on each and every one of us. Below is a list of some of the research about massage and additional comments about the conclusions. The following research articles can be found at the Touch Research Institute. We highly encourage you to visit them to learn more about massage research.

Massage therapy reduced anxiety, depressed mood and salivary cortisol (stress hormone) levels and body dissatisfaction and increased dopamine levels.

Hart, S., Field, T. Hernandez-Reif, M., Nearing, G., Shaw, S., Schanberg, S., & Kuhn, C. (2001). Anorexia symptoms are reduced by massage therapy. Eating Disorders, 9, 289-299.

Robert's Comments : Massage therapy can over time help people become more comfortable with their bodies. It can also help increase body awareness. I've seen clients who actually learned how to respect their bodies more and consequently treat themselves better.

Adolescents with ADHD rated themselves as happier and were observed to fidget less after massage sessions. Also, teachers rated adolescents receiving massage as less hyperactive and as spending more time on-task. Children with ADHD showed more on-task behavior in the classroom and were rated as less hyperactive by their teachers following one month of twice weekly massages.

Field, T., Quintino, O. & Hernandez-Reif, M., & Koslovsky, G. (1998). Adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder benefit from massage therapy. Adolescence, 33, 103-108.

Khilnani, S., Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., and Shanberg, S. (2004). Massage therapy improves mood and behavior of students with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, Adolescence, 152, 623-638.

Robert Comments: Is it possible that our school system has gotten to the point, where we no longer get enough physical motion to actually dissipate some of the built up energy in our own bodies? I don't know where you live, but here they have trying to get rid of physical education. So now they want kids to sit there, don't move out of your chair, and pay attention for 6 hours?? Give me a break. As if our bodies are somehow less important than our left brains. I hope someone asks the question "Who's running this show??".

Back Pain
Massage lessened lower back pain, depression and anxiety, and improved sleep. The massage therapy group also showed improved range of motion and their serotonin and dopamine levels were higher.

Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T., Krasnegor, J., Theakston, T. (2001) Low back pain is reduced and range of motion increased after massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience, 106, 131-145.

Robert Comments: This is a no brainer, but now there's research to back it up. Massage works by a physical mechanism. We actually touch people and help release stress and tension from the muscles, including the lower back. Interestingly, it seems as though most back pain is actually coming from the hip flexors, but that's another story.

Breast Cancer
Massage therapy reduced anxiety and depression and improved immune function including increased natural killer cell number.

Hernandez-Reif, M., Ironsor, G., Field, T., Hurley, J., Katz, G., Diego, M., Weiss, S., Fletcher, MA., Shanberg, S and Kuhn, C. (2003) Breast cancer patients have improve immune and neuroendocrine function following massage therapy.Journal of Psychosomatic Reseach, 57,45-52.

Robert Comments:  This is interesting because there has been some speculation about whether or not to massage people who have cancer. This study helps show that massage can improve the ummune system function for cancer patients.

More Massage Research coming soon....

Massage Therapist
Robert Sigler, C.M.T. is a professionally trained and certified massage therapist in Virginia. He is certified by the Nursing Board of Virginia. He has been a practicing massage for seven years and has given thousands of massages. Robert is also an instructor at a world renowned massage school in Virginia Beach. He has taught people literally from all over the world. [...more click to full story]