Physical Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation, Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness, Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue, Reduces muscle spasms, Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion, Enhances athletic performance, Promotes deeper and easier breathing, Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids, Reduces blood pressure, Helps relieve tension-related headaches and Effects of eye-strain, Enhances the health and nourishment of skin, Improves posture, Strengthens the immune system
Massage Therapy and Well-Being:Mental Benefits
Fosters peace of mind, Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
Helps relieve mental stress, Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately, Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity, Satisfies needs for caring - nurturing touch, Fosters a feeling of well-being, Reduces levels of anxiety, Increases awareness of mind-body connection
How can massage be medically beneficial?
People find that therapeutic massage can help with a wide range of medical conditions, including:
Allergies, Anxiety and stress, Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), Asthma and bronchitis, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Chronic and temporary pain, Circulatory problems, Depression, Digestive disorders, including spastic colon, constipation and diarrhea, Headache, especially when due to muscle tension, Insomnia, Myofascial pain (a condition of the tissue connecting the muscles), Reduced range of motion, Sinusitis, Sports injuries, including pulled or strained muscles and sprained ligaments, Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
Therapeutic massage may not be recommended in some cases, such as in people with:
inflammation of the veins (phlebitis), infectious diseases, certain forms of cancer, some skin conditions, some cardiac problems, diabetes
If you have one of these or some other diagnosed medical condition, always check with your doctor before seeking a massage.
Massage Therapy Definitions
- focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Fingers, thumbs, forearms & elbows are used by the therapist to engage tissues at a deeper level.
(also known as chair massage or corporate massage) - is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. These chairs most often slope forward allowing access to the large muscles of the back. On-site massage usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and is intended to relax and improve circulation.
- massage based around a system of points in the hands and feet thought to correspond, or "reflex," to all areas of the body.
Shiatsu and Acupressure
- Oriental-based systems of finger-pressure which treat special points along acupuncture "meridians" (the invisible channels of energy flow in the body).
(also known as Relaxation 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. It is used primarily to promote general relaxation, improve blood circulation and relieve muscle tension. Swedish is the most common type of massage.
Trigger Point Therapy
(also known as Therapeutic) - applies concentrated finger pressure to "trigger points" (painful irritated areas in muscles) to break cycles of spasm and pain.
**Please note that this is an abbreviated list of definitions. These are the most commonly utilized techniques. **