What are the different types of massages?
There are various kinds of massage, which have been used throughout history. These include:
• manual (or “hands on”) massage – involves touching specific areas with your hands; this type of massage is usually done in private or when someone else is present. • electrical stimulation – involves using electricity to stimulate certain parts of the body; this kind of massage may involve some sort of device such as a wand or electric drill. • chemical stimulation – involves using chemicals to cause physical changes in the body; this kind of massage may involve a mixture of oils or other substances. • thermal stimulation – involves heating up certain parts of the body; this kind of massage may involve hot water or cold water.
The most common types of massage are described here:
• Hands-on massages – these are often done in public places like hotels, restaurants, bars, etc. • Electrical stimulation – these are typically done at home, but they can also be done in public places. • Chemical stimulation – these are typically done in a medical setting, but they can also be done anywhere.
How does one choose between them?
Massage therapists work with clients based on several factors. Some of those factors include: age, gender, health status, personality traits and preferences, and so forth. For example, a massage therapist may suggest a certain kind of massage for a person, such as the following:
• Hand-based – this is the most common; it involves touching the skin and muscles directly with the hands. For this, the therapist may use their hands, elbows, and/or even forearms. The pressure applied to the skin can be light, moderate or firm. It can also be fast or slow. Different types of strokes are used as well (e.g.
circular, back and forth, up and down).
How does one prepare for a massage?
Before getting a massage, it may be a good idea to let the massage therapist know about any conditions that one has (e.g. injuries, joint pain, skin conditions, medical conditions, etc.). Additionally, it also helps to show the massage therapist which areas are most in need of attention. This ultimately helps the therapist customize the massage to one’s needs.
What can one expect during a massage?
While getting a massage, one should expect to disrobe (except the genitals and bottom) and lay on a padded table for the duration of the session. People sometimes cover themselves with a sheet or small blanket. However, it is important to let the massage therapist know if one is experiencing any sort of discomfort while being massaged, especially because they will need to touch one’s genitals and bottom at times.
It is important to remain as still as possible during the massage, especially because the massage therapist will be working on one’s back most of the time. People sometimes get minor aches and pains while being massaged (this is known as “muscle release” or “muscle letting go”), and some people even fall asleep.
When the session is over, one can get dressed and is free to leave. It is polite to thank the massage therapist before leaving.
What are some common benefits of getting a massage?
There are many benefits to getting a massage on a regular basis. Some of these benefits include:
1. Improved blood circulation 2. Improved lymphatic system functioning 3. Pain relief (especially of the muscles) 4. Release of muscle tension 5.
Relaxation 6. Stress reduction 7. Temporary increase in flexibility 8. Temporary increase in joint mobility 9. Vitality boost
Are there any risks to getting a massage?
There are very few risks to getting a massage. One of the main risks is that the massage therapist may have rough hands, which may cause them to break one’s skin (especially if they apply a lot of pressure to the skin). This can lead to bleeding, and ultimately, infections.
Another risk involves getting a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) from the massage therapist, if one is not a “regular customer” of theirs. Additionally, there is always a risk of getting an STD from a sexual partner, even if one believes that their partner has been entirely faithful to them (it only takes one time, and people often do not display symptoms immediately after being infected).
Some of the most common STDs include:
1. Genital Warts (HPV) 2. Chlamydia 3. Gonorrhea 4. Hepatitis B 5.
Herpes 6. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) 7. Syphilis
What should one do if one encounters any of the above health risks?
It is best to try to avoid the health risks altogether. One way of doing this is by finding a massage therapist who is a “regular customer” of one’s own (and presumably, trustworthy). If one is not a regular customer of someone else, one should still be safe if they use proper protection while having sexual contact with their massage therapist.
If one encounters any injuries or health risks during or after the massage process, it is best to speak with a medical doctor as soon as possible.
What about other health risks?
Other than health risks involving skin-to-skin contact, there are very few other health risks involved with getting a massage. People who have pre-existing conditions (e.g. heart conditions, lung conditions, etc) should speak with their doctor before getting a massage, as the process can sometimes be a bit strenuous on the body (especially if the client remains motionless for an extended period of time).
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