Give the Gift of Massage to Relieve Holiday Stress

The best massage technique to relieve tension is a head massage.

ByABC News via logo
December 16, 2011, 12:00 PM

Dec. 19, 2011— -- How can you help friends and family relieve holiday stress? Give the gift of a massage. The best massage technique to relieve tension is a head massage.

A masseuse will typically start the massage at the temples and gradually move his/her fingers up to your forehead and scalp, this will surely release the tension you're feeling during the holiday season.

A great gift this holiday season is to give someone special the opportunity to release their stress. This is why receiving a massage is great to escape the holiday chaos and responsibilities. There are a variety of options available when looking into this relaxing experience. One of the more common massages that people receive is a Swedish massage. This form of massage involves the use of forearms, elbows, or hands to knead your muscles.

There are many other types of massages that are available for different needs. The Deep Tissue massage involves more intense pressure from a therapist's fingertips. The Hot Stone Massage uses heat from the stones to increase blood flow to the muscles. While, Trigger Point Therapy helps release tension from specific points in your body that may contain knots.

While all of these options provide their own benefits, here are the benefits of receiving the more common massages for stress relief: