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MONDAY, Oct. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While a weekend (or longer) retreat can be very rejuvenating, day spas have made it possible for almost everyone to enjoy a short escape from life's stresses.

Take these simple steps to make the most of the experience.

Identify all the day spas within a comfortable driving distance and then compare their menu of services to see which ...

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The backaches of the future may have a new remedy -- developers say a robot masseuse is now treating patients in Singapore.

Known as Emma (for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation), the robot mimics the human palm and thumb and specializes in back and knee massages, according to its developers.

It is used alongside a doctor and m...

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic low back pain can be a challenge to treat, but new research suggests that massage therapy may provide some relief.

"Current medical guidelines actually recommend massage therapy prior to the use of opioid medications for lower back pain," explained William Elder, the study's principle investigator.

"Yet even with those guid...

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Marina Alyea, a certified massage therapist in San Francisco, is familiar with the ravages of back pain. She has worked on people's backs, she said, that were so tight and inflexible that they felt armored. "Often people don't realize how much tension they feel until they're touched," she says. The most typical problem areas are the upper back, neck and shoulders, followed by the lower back -- ac...

From an early age, we learn that the touch of a hand can ease pain. When a toddler bangs his knee in a tricycle accident, he'll instinctively rub the sore spot. Likewise, an office worker with stiff shoulders will probably try to knead them. And if a dancer can't shake the throbbing pain in her back, she just might schedule an appointment with a massage therapist. The healing power of a well-place...

Stacey Kayden used to fantasize about massaging Olympic athletes. She blames her thumbs for derailing that ambition. "After three or four massages in a row, my thumb muscles would ache and throb and were sore to the touch," says Kayden, who was trained in deep tissue and sports massage. "I'd have five minutes between massages and would run my hands under cold water to reduce the swelling. I have ...

Swedish Massage Swedish massage is the kind you're most likely to encounter at the gym or at a spa. You lie unclothed on a padded table, draped with a sheet, while the therapist applies oil or lotion to his hands or your skin and then uses gliding and kneading strokes and even tapping or shaking to relax your muscles and loosen your joints. All this rubbing and kneading can really boost your circ...

Movement therapies are techniques aimed at "retraining" your body to move in a healthy way to relieve chronic pain and muscular tension. During a session, you may wear loose, comfortable clothing (except for Hellerwork massage, when you will want to strip to your underwear). Most of these techniques are quite gentle and accessible to beginners, and some are more widely available than others. Some ...

If you're tense, sore, or generally stressed out --in other words, if you feel pretty much like everyone else these days -- it might be time to put yourself in the hands of a professional massage therapist. Research shows that therapeutic massage can be a boon for both your mental and physical health. A single session can relax your body and help you sleep better at night. Go more often, and you j...

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