Massage therapy can be a bit foreign to many men. I know the first time I ever went into a massage I really didn’t know what to expect, what all went into it or what it would feel like. Like everyone else, I’ve had significant others give me a back rub, but these never provided any real relief for my back and other pains. When I did finally go in for a professional massage though, it truly is incredible. I just never realized how much tension I had stored up in my back. Although I try to stay in shape to the best of my ability, my job is stressful and has be sitting in front of a computer screen most of the day. My massage therapist explained to me how this can cause the back pain and what I can do to relieve it during the work week. I know am a regular and have found not only my entire body feels better, but I can perform better when taking it to the hardwood with my friends and jogging the trails around my house. That is why these different massage options are beneficial for any man, especially a father, come Father’s Day or any other gift giving event throughout the year.
Full Body/Swiss Massage
The majority of full body massages I’ve experienced use a Swiss technique, and if there is one thing I’ve discovered over the decades, its that everything the Swiss make and do is of the highest possible standard. With this style of massage, the muscles are worked in a way to break apart tension and knots that form in the muscles. Usually pressure is applied in order to do this, and the best therapists apply more or less, depending on the sensitivity to the pain. I tend to go in for a full body massage every few months, but typically most of my tension is in my upper and lower back. However, the full body option helps locate any other problem areas I might develop over time.
Hot stone is exactly what it sounds like. Stones are placed along the back in order to reduce the tension in the muscles. Having a Swiss massage after this is exceptional as the heat helps the muscles become a bit more manageable, so whether the father lifts heavy equipment all day or they just use their arms on a keyboard throughout the work week, this is a great way to reduce tension and stress.
Sports massage is basically a variation of Swiss massage, but it targets specific areas of the body, depending on what is most active. This way, if a guy enjoys bike riding, jogging or has to lift a good deal of heavy equipment, the massage can focus on the lower back and legs. After only one visit it really is incredible how much better an individual can feel and how the performance can improve.