If there’s one way to de-stress, relax, and ensure that melancholy feeling, it’s by listening to the blues while getting a massage. After a massage, your body feels a little like jelly and your brain feels a bit like mush. Many massage therapists will put on classical music or soft piano music to help you relax, but wouldn’t blues be just the thing to get yourself into the mood for relaxation?
Here are some types of massage that you might consider pairing up with your favorite blues music:
Swedish Massage Therapy
One of the most basic, standard types of massage therapy, Swedish Massage is based on the anatomy and physiology concepts included in western medicine. A massage therapist will typically use warm oil to apply strokes to various parts of your body. These may include long, smooth strokes as well as kneading, tapping, rolling, rocking, shaking, or wringing movements. This type of massage is typically used to bring relaxation to the entire body, making it perfect when used in combination with blues music. Just ask your therapist if you can bring your own music along.
Hot Stone Massage Therapy
Exactly what the name implies, a massage therapist in this type of massage places heated stones on specific points in the body. The stones are smooth and round, typically basalt rock which holds heat well. The hot stones offer relaxation while loosening tight muscles to dissolve tension quickly while the therapist practices massage on different areas of the body.
The use of scent has been known to be effective when using essential oils extracted directly from plants. These powerful essential oils have therapeutic benefits that are often used in massage to help with relaxation, stress reduction, and soothing. Aromatherapy massage may also be used to relieve specific conditions related to illness or injury, such as insomnia, headache, back ache, sports injuries, digestive problems, or PMS.
Functioning on the principle that every aspect of the body is interconnected, Reflexology uses massage in the hands and feet to affect the various body parts. A reflexology therapist will use finger pressure and kneading to promote healing and relaxation throughout various parts of the body. This is often used to bring balance to the nervous system, stimulate pleasant feelings through endorphin release, and reducing discomfort or stress in the body.
One of the simplest, most effective ways to receive massage in your own home is a massage chair. Owning your own massage chair is cost-effective and convenient, allowing you access to various types of massage whenever you like. Whether you are simply trying to relax, heal from an injury, or fight against chronic pain, in the long run a massage chair is much more affordable than paying to see a massage therapist regularly. And some massage chairs even have built-in MP3 players that allow you to set up your blues music and listen to your heart’s content.
No matter what type of massage therapy you choose, the idea is that the relaxation of blues music and massage go hand-in-hand. Try it out next time you get a massage and see what you think!