Massage For Total Stress Relief: The Art of Relieving Tension Through Massage by Nitya Lacroix is an important work regarding the proper use of massage techniques to release tension and stiffness. Lacroix approaches the subject by teaching how the various areas of the body accumulate tension, as well as mechanisms, to unlock great tension.
Lacroix explains that the back tightens due to everyday stress. Facial tension masks vulnerability. The shoulders tighten and compress in order to restrain uncomfortable or painful emotions. The abdomen restricts in response to suppression of gut level emotions or deep feelings. Postural tension pulls the pelvis out of alignment and strains the lower back.
The author explains specific body types which display classic symptoms of deeply held feelings and emotions. The guard body type has a tense body. The victim body type appears to have a collapsed skeletal structure. The warrior type has a rigid and erect body structure. The intellectual or nerd type has a protruding head with contracted joints.
Lacroix has specific massage routines to provide deep relaxation and body work to handle the various stresses and strains which develop over time. The palpitation stroke massages the long muscles of the back. The stretch stroke is used for tight muscles which surround the vertebrae. The squeeze and rock motions are employed for tight thighs. Stretch strokes are employed for the
calves while knuckle stretches loosen tension in the feet.
Lacroix explains the benefits of cupping to revitalize low energy levels and stimulate the circulation and nerve endings. The technique is also utilized in Chinese massage sequences to aid in body circulation.
Massage For Total Stress Relief is an important work for readers seeking to implement the techniques with assistance from family members or others. Each technique is depicted with several illustrations so that readers can understand the basic positioning of the body in preparation for each massage. Specific massage techniques should be discussed with your medical
care provider to provide optimum benefits.