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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy Forms

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Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments.  Massage therapists typically use their hands and fingers for massage, but may also use their forearms and elbows.  Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure.

Types of Massage

There are many different types of massage. The most common types are Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage and Trigger Point Massage. Swedish Massage is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.  The Deep Tissue Massage technique uses slower, more forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, which commonly helps muscle damage from injuries. Sports Massage is similar to Swedish Massage, but it is geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries. Trigger Point Massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

Diverse Benefits of Massage

Massage has many diverse physiological effects, which are primarily due to the therapist’s hands moving over the body. The different movements can physically stretch the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that encourage circulation through the tissue and inhibit muscular spasms that either sedate or stimulate the nervous system.

The psychological benefits of massage should not be ignored either. Stress-related illnesses are bad for people and bad for the economy. Our emotional state impacts our physical health, so any improvement in the former, through massage, can impact the latter.

The benefits of massage are extensive. Massage therapy treatments will have a therapeutic effect and improve health by acting directly on the muscular, nervous, circulatory and lymphatic (immune) system. Massage treatments aim to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function. That is why massage therapy has become a staple of many professional athletic training regimes.

Massage therapy is not just for athletes. Lifestyle factors, such as long work hours or physically taxing tasks, generate tight muscles. Prolonged periods of stress can negatively affect many systems of the body. Stress has been shown to aggravate or cause such problems as heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, memory loss and decreased immune function. Stress does not just contribute to physical ailments, but it saps joy from your life, causes unexplainable fatigue, and leaves you less able to enjoy your relationships and leisure activities.

Massage boosts the body’s immune system, which can become compromised from extended periods of stress. Tension can build up in the muscles, causing a decrease in circulation and nutrient delivery to tissues.  Soft tissue manipulation decreases muscular tension, increases removal of metabolic waste and promotes nutrient delivery to healing tissue. Knots in your muscles can inhibit your ability to form regular, daily tasks. As other parts of your body attempt to compensate for the ache of a tight muscle, they also become tight and uncomfortable. Before long, an injury that began in your neck can trace to your shoulder, down your arm and into your wrist. The reaction chain can take innumerable forms, but none of them are pleasant. In short, with a therapeutic massage, stress can be significantly reduced. This, in turn, will increase energy, improve your outlook on life, and in the process, boost your immune system function.

Keeping You Comfortable

Massage offers a wide range of health benefits

For anyone new to massage therapy, there is little to fear. The overwhelming majority of massage techniques have tremendous therapeutic effect, and they just feel good. A good practitioner will always adjust the session to maximize your personalized comfort. Many of today’s health problems can benefit from massage therapy because the manipulation of soft tissues affects so many of our body systems.

Massage therapy is one of the best antidotes for stress, and we know this is true on an intuitive level. If the untrained hands of a friend or partner can soothe aches and pains and diminish anxiety, then imagine the effect of a therapeutic massage by a trained practitioner.  For many, the rituals of massage come as a welcomed break from our hurried lives: dimmed lights, soothing music and the pleasant fragrance of a mild essential oil. Even without massage, these might help you relax, but coupled with the right massage technique, you can actually feel the stress leaving your system.

Understanding Massage

Although massage therapy has evolved over the years, many people still are unclear about the huge difference between sensual massage and therapeutic massages. For a massage therapy treatment, the therapist is dressed very professionally, and a health history form must be filled out on the first visit.

The general health questions are necessary since there are some conditions for which massage is not suitable. All information is kept private and confidential. Assessments and occasionally some testing are performed on the first visit. This allows the therapist to understand the client’s goals and to set up the appropriate treatment plan that is beneficial to the client and the condition.

The client’s privacy will always be respected. The client will be draped at all times during the massage, except for the areas being worked on. The client will be covered with a sheet and can undress or leave on as much clothing with which they are comfortable. The massage can also be done through the sheets and over the clothing. The therapist will leave the room to allow the client to disrobe and cover themselves on the table. The massage therapist must obtain consent to work on any part of the body.

Appointments at most facilities, including my Natural Wellness Centre, are made in advance and the atmosphere is clinical, yet comfortable. Informed consent is obtained prior to the treatment, and questions and concerns are encouraged throughout the treatment in order to maintain the client’s comfort.

Massage therapy is a regulated health profession. In most states passing specific government board examinations, which consist of a written and practical portion, is required to become a licensed massage therapist. It is worth taking the time to locate a qualified practitioner.

Investing In Your Health with Massage

The therapeutic massage affects all systems of the body and can do you a world of good. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you can be and how youthful you will remain with each passing year.

Budgeting time and money for a massage at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health.  And please remember that just because massage feels like a pampering treat, it does not mean it is any less therapeutic. It is highly recommend that you consider massage appointments as a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan and work with your massage therapist to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.

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