TYPES OF MASSAGES
What is the best type of massage for knots?
There are numerous massage techniques that are designed to break up muscle knots, decompress muscle tissue and release tension. Do you want to find out what’s the best kind of massage for you?
First of all, let’s see if you are a rookie or a pro: if you’ve never had a massage before and want to iron out the extremely tense knots we suggest a relaxing massage. In case you already enjoyed a few treatments, feel free to try a deep tissue massage – it might feel a bit more dynamic but it will help you release body tension.
Deep tissue: The best massage to relieve stress and muscle tension
Deep tissue massage can loosen painful “knots” and realign deeper layers of muscle through a combination of firm pressure and slow strokes. Your therapist will not only work on the usual muscles but on the connective tissue as well.
This is not an ordinary massage and it’s supposed to dig deep within the muscle to release trigger points and improve your mobility. It’s not going to be comfortable the entire time, but it will not be painful – feel free to communicate with your therapist to find the perfect balance between the “ouch pain” and “it feels good” pain.
After a massage: Tips and tricks to get all the benefits
After the deep tissue massage, you should drink a lot of water because your muscles will release toxins in order to relax. Another thing you can do is take a nice hot bath which will improve your circulation. It will also make you feel even more relaxed and zen.
You should also pack a snack to have after your treatment. Massage will speed up your circulatory systems and it might increase your digestive system as well – your body will need some fuel. It’s time for a yummy energy boost!
Have you tried the Focus massage?
A Focus massage is a great choice if you are short on time, and know exactly what needs work. Your therapist will use deep and targeted muscular and active release techniques to break the knots.
This type of massage lasts only 30 minutes - combine it with a Chiropractic treatment for the best results.
Figure out what’s the trigger
Do you know why a knot occur? It’s because we lose our natural mobility and flexibility. It might happen because we sit in front of the computer all day, or because we had an injury, even if we are just dehydrated.
Chronic stress on our muscles can cause micro-tearing of the muscle tissue and if it’s left untreated, it will continue to lose elasticity. You can prevent that from happening by changing your lifestyle, drinking more water, by exercising and stretching regularly but also by taking a break from the activities that are causing you pain.
We all had muscle knots but that doesn’t mean that they are harmless. The next time you feel that discomfort in your neck, shoulders or your upper back make sure not to leave them untreated - there a lot of ways to treat and prevent them.