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Top 10 Massage Techniques

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Top 10 Massage Techniques

Back in the days before aspirin, heating pads and whirlpools, humans treated their sore bodies the old-fashioned way: With massage. When a caveman twisted one of his Neanderthal knees, he rubbed it.

In many ways, massage is the most natural of natural remedies. Touching your body where it hurts seems to be a basics instinct, like running from danger or eating when you’re hungry. And experts say that massage, no matter how humble or low-tech it may seem, can be a powerful healer.

Massage has come a long way over the centuries.

SWEDISH MASSAGE uses soothing, tapping and kneading strokes to work the entire body, relieving muscle tension and loosening sore joints. Swedish massage therapists use five basic strokes, which anyone can learn and use on themselves and others. They are effleurage (stroking); petrissage (muscles are lightly grabbed and lifted); friction (thumbs and fingertips work in deep circles into the thickest part of muscles); tapotement (chopping, beating, and tapping strokes); and vibration (fingers are pressed or flattened firmly on a muscle, then the area is shaken rapidly for a few seconds).

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Adapted from New Choices in Natural Healing, edited by Bill Gottlieb, Editor-in-Chief, Prevention Magazine Health Books.

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9:15AM PDT on Aug 17, 2015

I could use a good deep massage after the week that I've had. The first time I got a massage I was 25, and I'd never even come close to having one before. I was so tense that it almost hurt while I was getting the massage. Afterwards it felt better, but I had to grit my teeth through the first few while my muscles were worked on. Now I don't wait until I'm in too much pain to get it done. That way I can enjoy it during, and after.

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