Massage therapists, the superheroes when it comes to working wonders on our often neglected body. Despite how much we value massage how therapists can ooze our body and minds to a euphoric state of serenity, we don’t often give them credit for how much they understand us physically. So here are seven secrets massage therapists know about YOU!
1.If you’re feeling stressed
Massage therapists can tell straight away if you’re feeling stressed as soon as you enter the room. Being too chatty, feeling sweaty or on edge are giveaway signs you are finding it difficult to relax. Also, massage therapists can detect stressed out bodies as soon as the massage begins. Stressed out problematic areas such as the neck, back and shoulders often are troublesome to muscle knots which are built up from the stress hormone, cortisol. When this happens the therapist pays particular attention to massaging out the stress and realigning the tissue for rewarding relief.
2.What type of work you do
Massage therapists can immediately detect what field of work you’re in just by feeling your body. Office workers often have hunched shoulders and bad posture from sitting down at a desk all day, while dentists often endure tension along the side they usually work on. A manual worker can also be easily spotted as they often suffer from flexibility and postural problems from bending down and lifting heavy materials for eight hours a day.
3.If you have cancer
On a more serious note, massage therapists can dictate early signs of skin cancer. Skin cancer can commonly develop on your ‘blind spots’ including your back and behind the top of the tops of your upper legs. If you have regular massage sessions your therapist will be able to notice changes to your skin and recommend if certain moles, spots or skin lesions should be checked out by a doctor.
4.If you suffer from sleeping problems
Massage therapists can tell if you’re not a great sleeper by the type of tension built in your shoulders and neck. But luckily, soothing styles including the Swedish massage are super therapeutic. The Swedish style releases the ‘feel good hormone’ serotonin which is essential for relieving sleeping problems, including insomnia.
5.If you have any old injuries
No matter how long ago it may have been, massage therapists are likely to be able to tell if you had broken a bone or suffered a serious injury when you were younger. Massage therapists are experts at understanding the structure of the bones and can immediately detect if your muscle and joints are different and have undergone a healing process.
6.If your bag is too heavy
We’re all guilty of carrying bags which are too heavy which cause stress on our shoulder blades! Massage therapists are immediately able to recognise this as too much weight results in muscle tightness and adhesions. To combat this, therapists suggests carrying separate bags or transitioning your bag from shoulder to shoulder every so often. (Of course, a massage can also help!)
7.If you’re a smoker
Massage therapists can tell if you’re a heavy smoker by the nature of your breathing. If you often struggle to catch your breath or fall asleep and gasp throughout the massage are giveaway signs you are partial to a few cigarettes! But if you want to quit smoking you’ve come to the right place, massage therapy has been proven to help recover from addiction. Win, win!
So there you have it, seven secrets massage therapists know about your body! So before you go to inform the therapist of all your problems they might have already worked them out for themselves. Clever, eh? Well we did tell you they have super powers!
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