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Did you know that massage has been used as a therapy to ease
human aches and pains and create relaxation for thousands of
years. The instinct to rub and stroke muscles that are tense and
tired has been refined and studied so that massage therapy
performed by a professionally trained practitioner can promote
health and well being, relieve stress and help heal injured
areas of your body.
WHAT IS MASSAGE THERAPY GOOD FOR?
Have you thought about seeking massage therapy for healing or
relaxation? There are many techniques of massage therapy to
choose from. Some therapies, such as those used for athletes,
are focused on healing injured tissue by increasing circulation
and preventing injury that can be caused by tense muscles.
Other therapies combine massage with soft music, dim lighting
and soothing aromatherapy oils to relieve stress and enhance
feelings of well being.
Massage therapy can also provide relief from many common
ailments from morning sickness to migraines.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY?
Massage helps with the circulation of blood and the release of
toxins. Massage increases the circulation of oxygen through the
body, helping to heal muscles and reduce tension. The increased
circulation can also increase lymphatic drainage helping to rid
the body of excess fluids and waste.
The physical manipulation of muscles can break down any scar
material, thickening or inflammation of the tissues which can
increase mobility and reduce stiffness. The additional mobility
and toning can help prevent injury, especially for athletes who
use massage therapy as part of their regular training.
Proper techniques of massage therapy can also help relieve
constipation and gas and encourage proper digestion.
Relaxation of the physical body can also reduce the effects of
stress physiologically. After a session of massage therapy you
may feel relaxed, refreshed and feel greater self-esteem.
EASTERN AND WESTERN MASSAGE
The type of therapy you choose will be based on your personal
preference or the purpose of the therapy. One of the most common
forms of massage is based on Swedish massage which involves the
manipulation of the soft tissues of the body with the
masseuse's's hands. Swedish massage is often used for general
relaxation and increasing mobility of the joints but can also be
adapted to target specific problems.
The other common form of massage has Eastern origins. These
techniques are performed by putting pressure on specific areas
of the body with fingers or other blunt objects (acupressure) or
needles (acupuncture). These techniques are used to relieve
ailments such as: headaches, nausea, depression, pain, digestive
disorders as well as stress and other ailments.
There are many variations on these techniques and what appeals
to one person may be very different for someone else. Feeling
comfortable with the technique as well as the practitioner is
important in experiencing the full benefits of the massage.
Whatever method you choose you are wise to take time to find the
right person for you; determine if the practitioner is trained,
qualified, insured and has recommendations before starting
treatment and feel comfortable with the setting you will be
receiving your massage in.