Ease Pain Faster

Ow, that’s my back! I can’t bend over, stand up, move! Does this sound familiar? To me and my husband, it does. We have both found ourselves at various times in our lives with this particular ailment. Well, recently we have been going for a frequent back massage. What a difference. We have found that the best type of therapy for backs is acupressure (acupuncture & pressure). In the United States and the world over, you can just run over to your local spa and take some time out for yourself, whether it be for 30, 45, 60 minutes or more, a massage will refresh your mind, body and soul.

Back massage is not a new breakthrough when caring for back pain. Massage therapists have practiced this art throughout the world. Chinese records dating back 5,000 years document the use of massage therapy for not only back pain. Many cultures, including the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied many forms of massage, and even Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Interested in finding out more about how it is practiced? Well, there are a variety of methods, over 250 to be precise. Different massages cure different ailments.

Back massage, as well as other massage techniques became popular in the US in the 1800s and grew in popularity until around the 1930s and 40s. The development of modern medicine discounted the benefits of it. Massage made a re-appearance in the 1960s and 1970s when nurses began to use it to alleviate pain in their patients. In the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta massage was deemed a core medical service.

One can only have a first experience once! We always hope that we have a good one. My first experience with massage was not all it could have been. Having had more massages since then, I realize, it actually is great. My masseuse was an intern. I, as a brand-new health club employee was elected to be her subject. . I had no idea what a back massage involved. Well, this was not your regular back massage! I had to put up with the noise of two rambunctious little boys while their mother practiced on me! There was no soft relaxing music. I was offered a clothing optional massage versus the no-clothes option covered by towels and blankets. Needless to say, I remained clothed.

One can have an international experience while receiving a massage. Along with oils, feet, stones, hands etc, one must find ones favorite type of massage. You may find that Lomi Lomi massage in Hawaii, Samoan, Shiatsu, Thai or even Chinese massage suits your needs. If not, then maybe try Swedish massage, which, incidentally in Sweden is known as classical massage. Whatever method of pain relief you chose, make sure you try a back massage, it will leave you feeling great!

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