Enhance relief and the healing benefits of massage by adding red light therapy to your routine.
History of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is a healing practice long been used around the world, with evidence dating back to 3000 B.C. “The first written records of massage therapy were found in China, India and Egypt. At this time, massage was performed almost exclusively by the ancient equivalent to modern doctors.” (Academy of Natural Therapy) Ancient cultures from around the globe found that massage has the potential to heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent and cure a multitude of health issues. Massage was also found to reduce stress and enhance deep relaxation in the body and mind.
Complimentary Benefits of Massage & Whole-Body Red Light Therapy
Today, there are numerous types of massage that use different methods of application. Regardless of the massage type, many of the health benefits associated with massage can be accelerated by adding whole-body red light as an adjunct therapy. Health benefits of combining both therapies include:
- Improved blood circulation
- Relaxed mind and body
- Reduction of oxidative stress & tension
- Muscle tension and pain relief
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system/boosting the immune system
- Rejuvenation of healthy body cells
- Increased mobility and flexibility
- Skin toning with the added potential to reduce visibility of cellulite
Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy is a natural and noninvasive way to ignite cellular-level healing within the body. When lightwaves of a specific irradiance are administered close enough to the body, the mitochondria in our cells are rejuvenated. Without harmful UV rays, red light stimulates a reaction in the body similar to sunlight. In the simplest of terms, photobiomodulation is to the body, what photosynthesis is to plants; energy. This is where red light therapy gets the technical term, photobiomodulation (PBMT). By activating the mitochondria of our cells, energy proteins are produced at a higher rate which can deliver cellular-level healing, inflammation relief, chronic joint pain relief, collagen production, skin toning etc.
Incorporating Red Light Therapy into Your Massage
When muscles are overused from exercise or routine movements like sitting, you may be prone to a “tight” sensation in the muscles. Stiffness and tension can be relieved in the body with massage. By adding a Prism Light Pod session to prepare the body for deep relief, the benefits of massage can be enhanced.
Before the Massage: Beginning with a Prism Light Pod session is seemingly the most effective way to incorporate red light therapy into your massage practice. Doing so will ease the body into relaxation and begin to loosen knotted muscles. It will reduce pain, sensitivity and inflammation before your massage even begins.
Post-Massage: Adding a Prism Light Pod session to the end of a massage is a great way to accelerate recovery while simultaneously reducing pain/sensitivity and soreness. Finishing a massage with a red light session will enhance flexibility and relieve tension.
Additional Tips to Enhance Massage Benefits
Try some of these additional tips to help your mind and body get the most out of your massage:
1. Drink plenty of water (and avoid caffeine)
To avoid dehydration, ensure that water is consumed and caffeine is avoided the entire day of massage. Be sure to drink plenty of water after your appointment as well.
2. Focus on your breathing
Found to be an effective mediation practice, focusing on taking deep breaths can relieve anxiety, stress and other negative feelings that can transform into tension in the body.
CBD is gaining popularity for its calming relief benefits. Adding CBD cream to your massage may ease stiffness in the body by further reducing inflammation and soothing muscles in targeted areas.
4. Communicate with the therapist
The massage therapist is someone who is passionate about what they do and healing others. If there are problem areas you would like to focus on, communicate that to your therapist prior to the massage. Let your therapist know what you like and what is uncomfortable. Remember, they want to HELP YOU, so guide them in doing so! After the massage, provide your therapist with feedback about the session and how you feel.
5. Keep up with your therapy!
One massage will have you feeling great, but routine therapy will keep you feeling great. In between massage sessions, purchase and use Prism Light Pod sessions that are less expensive and will extend the benefits of massages. The best results of all therapies, come with consistency.
Read about red light therapy and other benefits of incorporating it into your wellness routine, here.