Compression

Compression is one of our favorites. We use it most often when starting a massage and in chair massage. It is composed of squeezing and leaning simultaneously with your palms.

Cup your hands and press against the muscle as you lightly squeeze in a rhythmic motion. Move back and forth slowly to let go of tightness and pain as you move along the area. Use one or both hands. To visualize the technique think of a cat kneading. The best place to utilize compression on oneself is the arms, shoulders, quads, thighs and calves. Compressing while moving a joint into their natural range of motion is a great way to relieve pain and stiffness.

Benefits: Compression is extremely beneficial and gives long lasting results. It helps loosen tight muscles, brings blood and oxygen to the area and, removes toxins. Always remember that after compressing a tight or restricted area it is normal to feel a bit sore. Never compress so hard that you feel extreme pain. If you feel pain that is intense (not the ‘good kind of pain’) then stop and ice massage.

If you are experiencing Edema (swelling) it is always a good idea to ask your doctor about wearing compression socks or stockings. Your doctor might recommend them depending on how severe you’re retaining fluid or if you have a pre-existing medical condition such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (varicose veins). When flying for more that a couple of hours, wearing compressions flight socks or stockings is a great idea to keep circulation flowing. For additional flying tips visit Flying Tips & tools.

 

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