If you are reading this article, it is safe to say that you spend a significant amount of time in front of the computer. What you might not be aware of is that spending several hours each day at a poorly designed workspace can be a contributing factor in developing Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI). RSI is a condition that is caused by repeated strain and overuse of a specific part of the body. RSI commonly affects the upper body and causes chronic pain and inflammation of the muscles and tendons of the neck, shoulders, back, forearms, wrists and hands. Recently, a study conducted by Microsoft found that the reported cases of RSI increased by 30% in the past year and estimated that businesses lost $600 million in lost productivity. One of the major factors cited was the increasing number of 'mobile workers', or those who work from laptops or mobile devices for more than one hour per day. Poor posture and technique are common culprits and if left untreated, RSI can cause weakness, numbness and impaired motor control of the affected area, sometimes resulting in surgical correction.
A good massage can be the most relaxing experience ever. After a hard day, when you are completely tense and just cannot relax, there is nothing like a massage to help you unwind, and to relax and feel better. It can also help if you have some sort of aches and pains, of course - for persistent back aches and shoulder aches, and even for headaches, a massage can be of immense help. Using the right massage therapy techniques is very important, however. You need not be a professional masseuse, but you have to have some elementary knowledge of basic massage therapy techniques before you actually give somebody a massage, or you will not be doing the person a favor of any sort. On the other hand, you might actually cause them some sort of injury at worst, and discomfort and pain at best. So let us take a look at the basic massage therapy techniques that you can use. They can be divided into stages. The first stage of proper massage therapy techniques is effleurage. Every massage should begin with this.
Some ideas take a little getting used to. Even so, countless spa goers need no persuasion when it comes to being nibbled by small fish at designer spas and spa resorts in countries such as China, Japan, South Korea and Turkey. This growing trend is spreading swiftly throughout the world and has left some people feeling both perplexed and others feeling both beautiful and relaxed. So how do fish treatments work and how do they aid in enhancing both wellness and beauty? Spas store small tropical fish called Garra Rufa, also known as doctor fish, nibble fish, Chinchin Yu, Kangal Fish and Turkey Fish, in warm pools of water or hot springs. These fish thrive in hot water from 15 degrees to 43 degree water and are used for various reasons such as for foot, facial and body treatments as well as for the natural treatment of skin disease. The fish, as many spa goers say "kiss the skin", ridding it of all affected and dead skin areas, leaving the healthy skin untouched to continue to grow and repair.
What are the most important things that you have to know about massage tables? I know that I am always short on time and so are you probably, that is why I want to give you all the information you need in an article that you can read in just five minutes. First thing you need to know: there are two kinds of massage tables. Stationary and portable. Portable massage tables are usually more expensive if they come in a comparable quality to stationary massage table. This is simply because they have to be able to do with less material, and less weight what a stationary massage table can do with more material and more weight. So they have to be just as stable as a stationary massage table, but they have to be more lightweight. And they have to be foldable. So there's a lot more work involved in creating a portable massage table. Massage tables can cost anywhere from 100 to 1000 dollars. I surely would not buy one for 100, because so far all the $100 massage tables I've seen were really flimsy, shaky and wobbly.
This article is intended to give consumers a flavor for what happens behind the scenes in the massage chair world, on both the manufacturing and the retailing side. Understanding those relationships allows consumers to make the most informed decision and to save money. Let's start with the manufacturing side. First, the basics. Massage chair sales are highly competitive, and only the most aggressive and consistently well-priced manufacturers can survive. Further, massage chairs occupy a very small range of technology that is very densely-populated with innovative ideas. Consequently, the patents obtained by the manufacturers are often closely related, and their protection is crucial to the manufacturers' long-term well-being. In our experience, these facts result in a level of competition that is unmatched in most other industries. Manufacturers are keenly aware of what their competitors are doing, and they are constantly trying to out-maneuver "the other guy." This can take the form of trying to pirate competitors' ideas (infringing on patents) or the reverse, attempting to draw one's own patents exceptionally broadly and making claims against other manufacturers when their ideas come anywhere near one's own patent-protected innovations.
There are many benefits when you are a professional massage therapist. One of the benefits is that massage therapists often has a very high level of job satisfaction. That is not surprising, because if you think about it you find that your job is really making people happier and healthier. People will come to you and they will feel tired, and they will feel stressed out, and they might be in a bad mood, and they might have had a hard day. But when they leave you they have had such a great experience that they smile, and that they all of a sudden feel relaxed and energized and rejuvenated. And they know that they did something that is good for them and that feels good. Most of the time people have to make the decision to either do something that makes them happy -- like eating chocolate watching a movie, eating in a fast food restaurant -- or something that is good for them -- like exercising or studying. But massage is really one of the few activities that combine both pleasure and personal benefits.
At work a good chair is a must. It is very important for your health because you surely spend a long time sitting at your desk. Nevertheless many people tend to give more attention to other office furniture while planning their office thus forgetting about health issues and ending on budget chairs. Some of these are solid, guaranteed for years and with adjustable parts but are not studied for prolonged usage. You should only consider those that offer you ergonomic benefits, helping your back while you sit at your desk and keep your legs, shoulders and neck comfortable while you work. Employers could consider buying massage chairs, if not for all their employees, at least as a benefit for some of them. This would be a wonderful way to reward them, an incentive that would surely be much appreciated and would pay the company back with increased productivity. No doubt, an office massage chair would decrease stress: a good position together with a massage, a simple 10-15 minutes a day is sufficient, relax tense muscles offering mental benefits thus improving the employees' result.
Reiki massage was probably the last modality that interested me when I searched for bodywork. Being brought up the oldest and always playing outside with the boys, I didn't really like too much of my feminine side. So accepting Reiki massage was a challenge for me because I would have to let go of my perception of what a massage really is suppose to feel like. Reiki unlike deep tissue where I feel discomfort majority of the time (even though it's good for me), is an energy healing. The therapist who applied Reiki on me actually did touch my body so I didn't feel too disconnected from the session. She applied long soothing strokes to calm me down and then applied Reiki to the session. Now don't ask me what she did because I would do it injustice. What I can tell you is that I felt an enormous amount of heat flowing from her hands onto my body. It felt as if someone had place a heat pad on me and then started to crank up the temperature. Basically, my "Chi" or energy which was trapped was cleared and after it cleared, I started feeling chilly.
A massage table is not a small purchase. Massage table prices range anywhere from $100-$6000. So a valid question to ask is how much should I spend on my massage table? First of all take into consideration for what exactly would you use your massage table? Is it just for yourself so that you and your partner can massage each other? Or are you a semi-professional and want to massage a couple of times a week? Or are you even a professional massage therapist for whom the massage table would be a main working equipment? Of course it also depends on your budget. If you own a million-dollar home spending 500 bucks a massage table, even if it's just for you and your partner, is no big deal. And if you just come out of massage school and want to get started as a self-employed massage therapist money can be tight. I'd say you should look in the $200 range if it's just for you and your partner. If you are semi-professional and plan to massage a couple of times a week be ready to spend between $200-$350 on your massage table.
Different Types of Muscle Soreness If you've found yourself with sore muscles and have come here in search of relief - the first thing you should do is determine the cause of the soreness. Is it normal post-workout soreness or does it feel much worse than that? Normal, Post-Workout Muscle Soreness Many people who work out on a regular basis will describe this type of muscle pain as 'good' - many even enjoy it as a sign that they've pushed themselves hard enough to see a benefit from their exercise as the muscle fibers grow back stronger than before. Normal muscle soreness manifests itself as a dull but localized pain in the worked muscles that doesn't limit range of motion but may be accompanied by tightness and temporary loss of strength. It can appear right after your workout, or several hours after your workout (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). Treatment You can reduce some of the discomfort by stretching the sore muscles often to keep them from tightening up along with participating in light cardiovascular training to get the blood and lymphatic systems moving (to assist flushing of remaining waste products like lactic acid).