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7 Ancient Indian Alternative Massage Techniques You Need To Start Doing Today

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When you go to book a 60 minute full body massage at your local spa, you don’t think about the dozens of different techniques that are possible. Apart from just relaxing you, these 10 unique massage techniques work physical miracles as well as improving your overall health and well-being.

1.Hot Stone Massage

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Using smooth warm stones that are placed on specific points on the body. The heat promotes relaxation and loosens up tight muscles so problem areas can be better reached. They’re usually volcanic rocks which retain heat well.

2. Gua Sha or “Scraping”

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In this technique, you scrape the skin with a spoon or similar tool to produce light bruising and redness. It apparently helps health injured areas and stimulates healing, and is said to drastically improve pain. It has been described as feeling like you’re bleeding, even though you’re not, and people say it works wonders. Gotta try everything once, right?

3. Deep Tissue

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This focused massage really gets in there and works out all the knots. Slow strokes applied with intense pressure helps to remedy chronic pain, posture problems, or sore muscles. It’s also known to help reduce the pain from carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoarthritis.

4. Shiatsu

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Shiatsu is a non invasive therapy originating from Japan. It uses a combination of kneading, pressing, tapping and stretching techniques. These gentle techniques aim to reduce tension and re energise the body. Shiatsu works with the body’s energy flow, known as Ki or Qi (pronounced chee).

5. Foot Reflexology

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Reflexology, or pressure applied to certain reflex points on the foot which correspond with certain organs and body systems. It can treat anything from depression to PMS, to post-surgery pain. Stimulated nerve endings can release energy and endorphins, so why not get your feet rubbed today?

6. Cupping

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Cupping is an ancient healing therapy that some people use to ease pain. A provider places cups on your back, stomach, arms, legs or other parts of your body. Inside the cup, a vacuum or suction force pulls skin upward. Cupping is a form of traditional Chinese and Middle Eastern medicine

7. Craniosacral Therapy

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Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on technique that uses a light touch to examine membranes and movement of the fluids in and around the central nervous system. Relieving tension in the central nervous system promotes a feeling of well-being by eliminating pain and boosting health and immunity.

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