|What is Therapeutic Massage?
|Therapeutic massage involves manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress. It also improves functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems, and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness.
Benefits of Massage
- Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
- Helps relieve muscle tension, stiffness, and spasms
- Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments;
- Reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
- Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion; improves posture
- Enhances athletic performance
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing
- Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
- Helps relieve tension related headaches and effects of eye strain
- Enhances health and nourishment of skin
- Strengthens the immune system
- Sooths aching overworked muscles
- Promotes more restful sleep
- Fosters peace of mind; promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
- Helps relieve mental stress; reduces levels of anxiety
- Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
- Satisfies needs for caring, nurturing touch
Massage should not......
Take the place of needed medical treatment, however, it may be useful for certain conditions, including:
- Asthma and bronchitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic and temporary pain
- Circulatory problems
- Digestive disorders
- Myofascial pain
- Reduced range of motion
- Sports injuries
- TMJ (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction)
||Deep Tissue : Releases chronic tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contacted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons, and fascia.
Swedish Massage : A system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints.
Sports Massage : A focus on muscle systems relevant to a particular sport.
Reflexology : A system of points in the hands and feet thought to correspond or "reflex" to all areas of the body.
Stone Massage : Stone massage involves the application of water-heated basalt stones of varying sizes to key points on the body, giving a deep massage and creating sensations of comfort and warmth.
Maternity Massage Therapy : A maternity massage is a form of therapeutic bodywork that can help alleviate the backaches, leg cramps, and swelling that often accompanies pregnancy.
Myofascial Release Massage : A bodywork therapy that uses a mixture of stretches and massage techniques which releases tension from the fibrous bands of connecting tissue (fascia).