Stress relief massage is just one of the applications for massage but it is certainly is one of its major uses. Massage is also helpful in other stress related problems such as:
There are several different types of massage which use different techniques such;
Each method producing beneficial effects within the body at the point of touch
When receiving a massage from someone else, make sure you feel totally comfortable with the person and with the situation. Often a relative or partner is the best person to ask for a massage as you will be able to relax more completely.
However if you want to have a more professional massage, ask friends for recommendations or ask at your local health centre if they have any registered or trusted massage therapists. Often there are local alternative therapy clinics which have regular masseurs on their list. Often these clinics will have aromatherapy massages available and these are extremely relaxing and stress busting.
When receiving a massage make sure the room is warm and comfortable and that you are wearing clothing that can be easily removed and are loose fitting, that way you can easily slip out of them.
It is likely that during the massage you will be partly covered with a towel and that you will be lying down. Try to relax in this situation even though it is not an everyday experience, the more you can relax the more benefit you will take from the massage.
Of course there will be times when you do not have time for a full back massage or indeed have the money to spend on a session. Luckily there are a few self massage techniques which you can carry out on yourself when you feel your body tensing and the stress building.
Smooth the tips of your fingers across your forehead, starting from the middle and working your way out towards the temples.
Now place the flat of your palm across your forehead horizontally and with a firm but gentle pressure rub your hand up and down to the hairline. Continue until tension is relieved.
This is used by acupressure practitioners to help relieve stress.