Massage has in the last several years become a popular way to deal with stress, rejuvenative aching muscles, and add a sense of wellbeing in a hectic, busy world. Still, many people wonder if going to a massage therapist in Atlanta is worth it. Overwhelmingly, those who regularly receive massage report a resounding yes!
But don’t just take these satisfied customers’ word for it. There’s mounting evidence that the various types of massages—whether Swedish, deep tissue, or others—can help ease the physical and mental aches and pains of everyday life. Let’s get into how massage can help you feel better.
Why Massage is Worth It
Once commonly available only in luxury spas and other exclusive establishments, the word about massage’s positive effects on physical and mental wellbeing have reached a broader population. People across the country are familiar with massage’s health benefits. In Atlanta, specifically, we see increasing numbers of people who want to experience its benefits.
But what all does massage offer? Plenty! For starters, there are a few different types of massage for a variety of applications. The most common and popular type your Atlanta massage therapist may recommend is Swedish massage. This application is great for both beginners and those who have received massage many times. Swedish massage helps relax your body through long, gentle strokes. These gliding strokes follow the direction of blood returning to the heart and increase oxygen levels in the blood to help improve circulation.
Swedish massage is great for those who feel tense, have knots that need to be worked out for better muscle performance and comfort, and for anyone looking to relieve stress. Many of us carry this stress in our shoulders, neck, and back, which can over time lead to more complicated health issues. Swedish massage is absolutely worth it for anyone seeking a more comfortable state of mind and wanting to attempt to prevent any other, more complicated health issues.
But for those of us with stubborn aches and pains buried deep within our muscles, a more direct and forceful application may be needed. Deep tissue massage helps to treat musculoskeletal issues like sports injuries, strains, and pain locked away. Deep tissue’s primary application is for treating chronic pain, while Swedish massage is most often used for relaxation and tension stemming from our lifestyles.
Your massage therapist will apply deep, slow strokes to penetrate your muscle fibers’ inner layers to relieve resistant tension and pain. This can be a beneficial massage for anyone with scar tissue and any stubborn muscle tension.
Deep tissue is great for:
- High blood pressure
- Tennis elbow and other sports-related injuries
However, deep tissue massage can be quite intense for those experiencing massage for the first time, or those who are accustomed to Swedish massage. While Swedish massage is excellent for relaxation, deep tissue massage may not be as immediately relaxing for those who are not used to its more direct and slow application. Still, once the effects of deep tissue massage penetrate your stubborn muscle fibers, you will likely experience waves of relaxation, especially if you’ve been living with muscle pain or tension for some time.
If you’re not sure which type of massage may be best for you, make sure to ask your massage therapist before you schedule an appointment. We want to make sure you receive the type of massage that’s right for you and your wellness journey, whether you need the gentle, gliding strokes of Swedish massage, more direct pressure through deep tissue, or another one of our rejuvenative services.
Feel Better with a Massage from ATL Bodyworks
If you have any questions about how we can help relieve your aches and pains and help you feel better, reach out to us today. We’re always happy to hear from and heal our Atlanta neighbors.