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MASSAGE THERAPY FOR STRESS RELIEF

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  1. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Massage for Stress Relief and TMS

    One of the main things I do when I am feeling stress and get a headache or back pain, I massage my forehead, temples, and top of my head. It relaxes, especially combined with deep breathing and eyes-closed meditation.

    I also massage my hands over my back when I feel back pain. The hands are better healers than aspirin or hot pads because they make their own warmth and help relax the muscles.

    If you have the time and a few spare dollars, get a massage from a professional masseuse. When I was on the city desk of the Chicago Tribune for nearly two years, a very stressful job, the editor in charge used to spend his lunch hour at a hotel next door to Tribune Tower where a masseuse gave full-body massages. He said the massage helped him to get through the second half of his stressful day. He never knew that the stresses he had were caused by the pressure-cooker job he had. Yes, TMS.

    Few sensual experiences rival a full-body massage for pleasure and stress relief -- at least among those things you can talk about in front of the children at the dinner table. Word on the health benefits of massage therapy for stress relief has spread.

    In 2006, 39 million Americans -- one in six adults -- had at least one massage, according to a nationwide survey by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

    "Americans are looking to massage for much more than just relaxation," says Mary Beth Braun, President of the AMTA. "Massage therapy can be effective for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, lower back pain, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, circulatory problems, and recovery from sports injuries.”

    When you can't get to a massage therapist, you can still reap many of the benefits of this age-old healing practice -- with your own hands. Massage experts say there are some simple, self-massage techniques that incorporate the best soothing rubs and pressure-point applications that massage has to offer.

    Try them on yourself -- or someone you love -- throughout the day to boost your energy and increase concentration. You can also use them at night to relax and get a good night's sleep. You'll find the benefits of massage therapy for stress relief are only the beginning.

    Massage Therapy to Relieve Tired Eyes

    "This one is great for tired eyes from staring at the computer -- it brings circulation to the area and relieves sinus pressure, eye strain, and headaches," says Dale Grust, President of the New York Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association and a licensed massage therapist in New Paltz, N.Y., for 23 years.

    I find massaging my eyes to also relieve stress and eye strain. Here’s how the experts do it:
    Close your eyes. Place your thumbs under your eyebrows, starting at the inside corner of each eye socket. Press and gently move the thumbs in tiny circles, working slowly towards the outsides of your eyebrows. Continue this movement all around your eyes, ending back at the bridge of your nose.

    Repeat the massage several times, spending a little extra time at the indentation of the inner eye socket, where the bridge of the nose meets the ridge of the eyebrows, an especially tender point on many people.

    Massage Therapy to Ease Headaches and Tension

    Placing your thumbs on your cheekbones close to your ears,. Use your fingertips to gently apply pressure and rub the temples (the soft spot between the corner of your eye and your ear).
    Using very firm pressure and a tiny circular motion, gradually move your fingers up along your hairline until they meet in the middle of your forehead, massaging your entire forehead and scalp as you inch along.

    Massage Therapy to Relax the Hands

    Here are several moves that will relieve the strain from pounding the keyboard all day.
    Stretch your hands and fingers out. Rub each finger from the base to the tip, gently pulling and twisting each finger as you go.

    Next, rest your left hand, palm upward, on your lap. Squeeze the fleshy part of your palm between your right thumb and index finger, moving from your wrist to the base of your thumb.

    Now squeeze that web between your left index finger and thumb several times, looking for any tender points.

    Then rub the entire palm with your right thumb, applying firm pressure and using gliding strokes from the wrist to the base of each finger.

    Repeat this process on your right hand.

    "Massaging the hands is not only great for the hands, but can help to relieve headaches as well," Grust says. The hands, like the feet, contain reflexology points that correspond to the entire body, including the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and sinuses.

    While we're on the hands, practice massaging at the "Valley Point," a yoga technique for relaxation. Press your thumb and index finger of one hand into the soft spot between your thumb and index finger on the other hand and massage for several minutes. Then switch and massage the valley point on the other hand. Do it while deep breathing for extra calming. It's especially helpful in relieving headaches and when there is just too much stress in the head.
     
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  2. Eric "Herbie" Watson

    Eric "Herbie" Watson Beloved Grand Eagle

    The hands do have a lot of energy coming out.
    I've used my hands to heal folks with cancer.
    That was by faith and in church.
    I've also healed with my hand energy at peoples homes.

    This truth is folks need know these things.

    Although I could never heal my own headaches all the way with my hands.
    I could for several hours then the pain would always come back.

    I was missing some insights from my own faith.
    My eyes were covered as they say.

    After reading Sarno I knew then I wasn't getting to my root cause.
    The Repressed emotions, the stressors, the loss for the love of life.

    I was procrastinating, thinking in the future and the past - nowhere near the present-
    so that will tell you I was anxious and stressed right there.

    I learned a good massage is awesome with tension release combined
    never believing the massage would rid the repression- just sooth the moment
    then id go home and journal, learn more and more about repression and learn deeper skills
    about tms knowledge therapy.

    Then I healed in about 6 months-
    which can seem like a long time when you compare it to a surgery
    but with this style of therapy you have no cuts, and
    you get to remove the root of the pain, not just a symptom that will always come back.

    Conditionings and stressors
    that's the things we will always have to
    be at peace with and soothe from
    or at least be in balance with ya know.
    We lost our balance when were in pain
    we have to calm down our inner tension and nervousness
    hence the rage, were afraid we might hurt someone if we go off

    I study
    1) mindfulness and awareness, acceptance and journaling.
    2) Then I have to learn to love nature and the goodness of life
    3) I have to understand the rage is a part of me that I can control.
    4) Its like learning how to operate the button on the energy or pain.
    5) I have the control, you just have to stop procrastinating and make it happen by letting go
    6) Stop trying to be and just be.
    7) Don't get mad at the pain in the sense that you hate yourself
    8) Get mad in the sense that your going to stop procrastinating and do the work
    You have to do to heal.
    the list goes on with loosing the fear and focus.

    In this journey we learn who we really are,
    what our true reason in life is.
    And the Journey goes on.
     
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  3. shawnmagoon

    shawnmagoon New Member

    Excellent post related to relieving stress by means of massage therapy. Stressed and strained mind can have some many adverse effects on our overall health as a healthy mind is the key to a healthy body. By undergoing a therapeutic massage we can relax our body and mind as massage is said to create a positive energy by means of application of manual pressure on to our tissues and muscles. Other benefits of massage therapy include getting rid of pains and aches and discomfort experienced in our body parts. Thanks for the informative post.
     
  4. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    When I get a headache, I massage my forehead, temples, top of the head
    while deep breathing. The headache subsides or goes away.

    Massaging wherever the pain is also helps.
     

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