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In today’s fast-paced world and overworked society, it is very common for us to experience stiffness in our muscles and aching body parts. Such tightness is often the result of remaining in the same position for prolonged periods of time, insufficient exercise and even poor posture. When unaddressed, it can lead to higher stress as well as pain in the body, specifically in the neck and shoulder areas. Moreover, discomfort in the body not only impacts our physical state, but it affects our mental well-being too, in turn, resulting in reduced productivity and unhappiness.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, perhaps it is time for you to consider going for a neck and shoulder massage therapy session. This effective solution can directly treat the tight muscles in your neck and shoulders, as well as other parts of your body where you may experience pain. Without further ado, let us dive in-depth into what this massage can offer.
What is shoulder and neck massage?
A neck, shoulder and body massage applies pressure to the critical points across the muscles in our bodies, as well as tendons and ligaments in the neck and shoulders. By using a therapeutic technique to reduce tension and relieve bodily pain, this massage is ideal if you’re looking to treat strains in your muscles or relieve tensions in your neck and shoulders.
If you spend long extended hours working at a desk, indulging in a massage for neck and shoulder can be a beneficial remedy. This treatment promotes increased blood circulation and lymph flow, enhancing your body’s natural healing capabilities. Consequently, it facilitates pain relief and speeds up the recovery of injuries.
What are the benefits?
In addition to alleviating pain and reducing tension, massage for neck and shoulder pain offers various other benefits, such as:
- Enhanced Flexibility: By minimizing muscle tension and stiffness in the neck and shoulder region, these massages contribute to improved body flexibility and enhanced motion.
- Increased Blood Flow and Oxygenation: The massages promote increased blood flow and oxygen levels in the bloodstream, accelerating the body’s healing abilities.
- Stress Relief: These massages aid in relaxation, calming the mind and promoting a sense of well-being.
- Improve Sleep Quality: By eliminating tensions in the neck and shoulders, these massages can enhance overall speed and agility.
- Better Posture: Loosening tight muscles and releasing muscle tension around the neck and spine encourages better posture.
- Enhanced Quality of Life: Regular neck and shoulder massages massages significantly reduce the frequency of headaches, contributing to an overall improvement in the quality of life.
Types of neck and shoulder massages
Having explored the benefits of a neck, shoulder and body massage, you should also understand the different types of massages available. Whether you’re seeking the best massage for neck and shoulder pain or you simply want a relaxing massage, find the one that is best suited for your needs.
To release tight tendons, ligaments and muscles in the neck, shoulders or other areas of your body, you may opt for a Tui Na massage. Pronounced, as “Twee-nuh”, which means “push” and “pull”, it is a comprehensive type of massage that uses several manipulation techniques to balance the “Qi” in your body.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, a healthy flowing “Qi” removes any blockages, circulation, aches and pains in your body. With Tui Na, the “Qi” in your body is guided through movements such as kneading, rolling, pressing and rubbing applied to pressure points. As the “Qi” starts flowing properly in the muscles, your body will naturally release any trapped energy in the body, and learn to self-heal to remove soreness and aching. When your body learns to create harmony and balance, you may also reap other benefits of a Tui Na massage such as:
- Stronger immunity
- Overall better health and wellness due to a healthy flow of “Qi”
- Release of toxins in the body
- Lesser blockages and tensions in neck and shoulder areas
- Reduced pain and swelling in the body
While seeking the expertise of a professional therapist for a neck, shoulder, and body massage can be more effective, mastering the art of self neck and shoulder massage is invaluable for addressing minor aches and pains at home. This skill becomes particularly useful when you need to activate specific muscles or unwind after a demanding day. Additionally, self-massage serves as a quicker alternative if you’re short on time.
Depending on the area of your body experiencing discomfort, you can effectively reduce tension through gentle rubbing or stroking movements. You could also consider enhancing your self-massage experience by using specialized tools. Here are some tips to help you promptly relieve neck and shoulder discomfort, as well as other bodily pains, through neck and shoulder self massage.
Customizing your self-massage technique to the specific area of discomfort enables you to ease tension with straightforward rubbing or stroking motions. Introducing purpose-designed tools can further enhance the effectiveness of your self-massage routine. The following tips are designed to assist you in quickly alleviating neck and shoulder discomfort, along with other bodily pains, through self-massage.
Tailoring your self-massage approach to the area of discomfort allows you to alleviate tension through simple rubbing or stroking movements. You can enhance the experience by incorporating tools designed for this purpose. Below are some tips to help you quickly alleviate neck and shoulder discomfort or other bodily pains through self-massage.
Your hands are the most readily available tool and a great way of giving yourself a quick massage, whether you’re focusing on your neck, shoulders, feet, head, or other areas of your body. Begin by relaxing your muscles, identifying the pain points, and then use your knuckles to firmly rub the affected areas in a circular motion for about 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat this process in an anti-clockwise direction.
Exercise caution to avoid applying excessive pressure or causing harm. In cases of more severe pain, consider using additional aids such as heating pads or cold compresses to complement the massage process.
For stronger results, you can incorporate tools into your massage session. Self-massage tools such as foam rollers or muscle sticks are great for relieving pain in your neck and shoulders. Not only are they soft, but they are also firm and portable. Simply rest your shoulders on the rollers on the floor and roll in a back-and-forth motion repeatedly. In doing so, you can help improve the blood circulation in your body and improve of your tissues in the muscles and joints.
Besides foam rollers or muscle sticks, there are a variety of self-massage tools available in the market, designed to target specific muscle pains accurately. These include:
- Kneading massage pillows
- Massage balls and cushions
- Acupressure balls and mats
- Massage guns
- Cryotherapy rollers
- Electronic or heated back massagers
If you’d like, you can always consider using both a professional massage session and self-massage tools to relieve your neck, shoulders and bodily pains for the most effective results.
Safety tips before opting for a massage
Before opting for a neck, shoulder and body massage, you should ensure that your body is in a comfortable and healthy condition. If you’re experiencing any intense or continuous pain, it is best you seek medical advice from a doctor first before proceeding with a massage.
Additionally, we recommend that you take caution before going for a massage, especially if you’re suffering from major conditions that require professional help, such as:
- Wounds that are still healing
During and after every massage session, it is always crucial that you take note of how you feel. Should you experience any pain, please seek medical advice immediately and pause your sessions until you have fully recovered.
Strains in the body or stiffness in the neck and shoulders caused by daily stress and life can escalate if they are not addressed. A massage therapy session provides a simple yet effective way to alleviate these stresses, promoting better health and an overall enhanced state of wellness. We also offer a range of other services such as lymphatic drainage massage and swedish massage.
Our neck, shoulder and body massages are available in three stores at Elements Wellness — ION Orchard, The Centrepoint and 313@Somerset. We’d love to share more about our massages and you may contact us to learn more.