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What to Do in Between Massages

Daily or even weekly massages sounds like an absolute dream, but most people don’t have the money or the time in their schedule to fit this in. Still, there are ways you can prolong the positive effects of your massage. However often you get massages, here are some tips for in between sessions to keep your body and mind in good shape.

Watch your posture

In today’s society, a lot of the pain and tension we experience is caused by poor posture. We sit hunched over at our work desks all day and then looking down at our phones for hours each day. This can particularly cause problems with back, neck, and shoulder pain. Especially when you’re sat at your desk working, take a moment to notice your posture and correct it. Maintaining good posture helps to keep your muscles relaxed and in good shape.

Stretch

One of the benefits of regular massage is that it makes your muscles more supple and flexible. Performing regular stretches has similar benefits, helping to reduce muscle tension and improve mobility. Stretching your muscles in between massages will help you feel the benefits for longer and can even make future massage treatment more beneficial. Simply take 10-15 minutes per day while watching TV, for example, to perform some gentle stretches.

Relax

Massage services have benefits for both mental and physical relaxation. And the two can have a big impact on each other. If you’re feeling stressed, then you tend to reflect this in your body. We hold our tension in our shoulders, for example, which can lead to pain and tightness. Try to improve at managing stress in your everyday life and take some time each day to do something that relaxes you. This may be walking, yoga, meditation, watching television, or taking a hot bath.

Stay hydrated

It’s important to drink plenty of water after a massage to help remove the waste products from your body and reduce soreness the next day. Not only this, but you should also make an effort to stay hydrated every day in between massage appointments. Hydration has so many benefits to our bodies, including lubricating the joints and keeping our muscles nourished, which help with mobility, flexibility, and getting the most out of your massages.

So, book your next massage appointment with Moonstone Massage and make sure you’re following these tips in the meantime. Get in touch if you have any questions about keeping your body healthy and finding the right type of massage therapy for you around Winston Salem, Pfafftown, Lewisville, and Clemmons.

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Circulation Problems in Cold Weather: How Can Massage Help?

For those of you with circulation problems, it’s likely that your symptoms flare up or get worse in cold weather. This is because the blood becomes thicker when the body experiences temperature changes from hot to cold. As a result, it is harder for your circulatory system to pump blood around the body efficiently. At the same time, your blood vessels constrict so that they release less body heat into the air, creating a smaller space for blood to pass through.

People with poor circulation will really feel the cold in their extremities and may experience numbness in the hands and feet. As well as these and other symptoms, poor circulation in cold weather can lead to more serious health conditions, with 53% more heart attacks occurring in winter.

You can do various things to improve your circulation, such as exercising, quitting smoking, and taking hot baths. Massage is also a great treatment for poor circulation, and here are a few ways it helps.

Massage for cold weather circulation problems

We’ve mentioned in many blogs before that massage promotes circulation around your body, especially to the area being massaged. The pressure and movement of the massage therapist’s techniques encourage the flow of blood, allowing it to supply oxygen and other nutrients to your body’s tissues more efficiently. Massage can also help to reduce congestion in your body, again promoting the flow of blood.

The circulation of lymphatic fluid around the body is also promoted, which is the fluid that carries toxins away from the muscles and tissues. This is beneficial for anyone who gets swollen legs and ankles as a result of poor congestion. Self-massaging your feet and hands can help to temporarily increase blood flow to the area and warm up your extremities, while regular professional massage will give you ongoing benefits, as well.

These are some of the main types of massage that can help improve your circulation in cold weather:

  • Reflexology – targeting the hands and feet to improve circulation to the extremities
  • Deep tissue massage or Swedish massage – the deep pressure is effective at relieving congestion and tension
  • Hot stone massage – the heat from the stones is a great aid for circulation
  • Lymphatic drainage – This type of massage is designed to improve circulation of lymphatic fluid

If you’re suffering from the cold this winter, book an appointment with us to see how regular massage can make you feel better both physically and mentally. Or get in touch to find out about the range of massage therapies we offer.