Cold is used to stimulate and invigorate, increasing internal activity of the body. If you are feeling tired or stressed, it is recommended to take a warm shower or bath followed by a short cold shower or bath to help stimulate the body and mind. Cold application decreases circulation of the blood and lymph, reduces cell metabolism, relieves pain, and promotes muscle contraction.
In general, water hydrates the cells, improving skin and muscle tone. It also boosts the immune system, allowing it to function more efficiently. Some hydrotherapy treatments include baths and showers, neutral baths, sitz baths, foot baths, cold mitten friction rub, ice massage, steam inhalation, hot compresses, cold compresses, alternating hot and cold, body wrap, wet sheet pack and salt glow.
Massage therapy is the practice of manipulating a person's muscles and other soft tissue with the intent of improving a person's well-being or health. This therapy may include, but is not limited to, effleurage, deep tissue, percussion, vibration and joint movement.
The varieties of techniques are designed to relax the muscles and increase circulation of the blood and movement of the lymph fluids. One of the main purposes of massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and to release toxins from the muscles.
On a physical level, massage helps to lower stress and aids relaxation. It relieves muscle tension and stiffness and reduces muscle spasms. It also promotes faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments, reducing pain and swelling and the formation of excessive scar tissue.
Massage provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion, enhances athletic performance and is rehabilitative to injuries. It also boosts the health and nourishment of the skin and improves posture.
Massage is an athletic therapy that offers mental and emotional benefits as well. Receiving massage fosters peace of mind, promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness, helps relieve mental stress, improves ability to monitor stress signals and to respond appropriately and enhances the capacity for calm thinking and creativity. It also satisfies needs for a nurturing touch, encourages a feeling of well-being, reduces levels of anxiety, creates body awareness and increases the consciousness of a mind-body connection.
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