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Prenatal Massage and Deep Tissue Massage Advantage

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					Massage therapy is rooted on the concept of touch and manipulation, which means
muscle dysfunctions, can be treated with the right combination of stroke and pressure.
Now, more combinations for various massage techniques have come out in order to
cater to more physical, mental, and even emotional needs. Another clinic from
Carrollwood added that massage goes beyond our muscles-it also has access to our
energies and emotions.
  There are various types of massage techniques that suits specific needs. Some
common techniques include Swedish massage, acupressure, sports massage,
reflexology, deep tissue massage, trigger point massage, hot stone massage,
prenatal/pregnancy massage, to name a few. Oriental massages like Shiatsu and Reiki
have also gained greater popularity for the past years.
  In order to get some idea of what some common massages would be like, a Wesley
Chapel therapist describes them for us.
  A deep tissue massage is a technique that targets the deeper muscle tissues of the
body and is ideal for chronic pain and muscle strain. Muscles of the forearm do most
of the work of moving the fingers and wrists. These small muscle groups are not
designed for extended periods of contraction, so they are vulnerable to injury during
repetitive work. Injury is even more likely to occur if the stronger muscles of the back,
shoulder, and upper arm are impaired because of poor posture or poorly fitted office
equipment, forcing the forearm and hand muscles to do more work. With overuse,
forearm muscles contract too often, decreasing the blood and oxygen supply to the
muscle. Lactic acid and other metabolic products build up in the muscle, causing
fatigue and pain. The muscle contracts further in response to the pain. These types of
pain can be treated with deep tissue massage therapy. 40 minutes to an hour of the
massage can greatly relieve the muscles of lactic acid that causes the painful
sensations. It will feel a bit uncomfortable as you go through the treatment, but it all
but normal and should subside after a day or two of rest.
  A deep tissue massage is sometimes mistaken for a sports massage but they are two
very different techniques. A Tampa massage clinic explained that a sports massage is a
fast paced type of treatment that is designed to enhance muscle performance, mobility,
and flexibility. It is not appropriate for treating any kind of injury, but it has been
observed to lessen the tendency of an injury. What a sports massage does is increase
blood flow and oxygen through the bloodstream and the muscles in order to prepare it
for physical activity.
  A prenatal or a pregnancy massage, on the other hand, is designed to lessen or get rid
of the symptoms of pregnancy like leg cramps, headaches, back pain, and mood
swings. A trained massage therapist is a must for this treatment because there are
certain trigger points that must be avoided during the session. A Tampa massage
therapist says these points can be found on the feet and hands. A pregnancy massage
is performed either with the mother lying on her side, or on her belly using a special
table that can accommodate her belly.
  Massage Envy Lutz 17673 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Lutz, FL 33548 (813) 868-5400
http://www.massageenvy.com/clinics/FL/Lutz.aspx