Massage Therapy

 

Massage therapy is the manipulation of the deeper and superficial layers of the muscles and connective tissues through the use of many techniques, to loosen tight muscles; relax the entire body; relieve tired and aching muscles; reduce chronic pain; increase flexibility and range of motion; calm the nervous system; lower heart rate; lower blood pressure; enhance skin tone; strengthen the immune system; assist in recovery from injuries and illness; reduce tension headaches; improve concentration; reduce mental stress; aid in mental relaxation; and promote restful sleep.

 

Massage therapy involves acting and working on the body with pressure – stationary, moving, structured or unstructured – motion, vibration or tension manually done or with mechanical aids, and the tissues targeted may include muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, joints, skin or other connective tissue, as well as organs of the gastrointestinal system or lymphatic vessels. The therapist can apply massage with the hands, elbows, fingers, knees, feet or forearm.

The massage therapist can work in different types of settings, including hospitals, private offices, studios, nursing homes and sport and fitness facilities. He can also travel to the homes or workplaces of patients, while ensuring that the patient is treated under a calm, soothing environment. If you are a new patient, the therapist will ask you about the symptoms, your medical history, and the desired results. He can carry out an evaluation using the touch, to locate tense or painful areas and determine the amount of pressure that needs to be applied.

 

You will be asked to lie on a table, either undressed (covered with a sheet, except the part of the body that is being massaged) or in loose-fitting clothing. In some cases, the therapist asks the patient to sit in a chair for the therapy to be performed. To reduce friction on the skin, the therapist may use lotion or oil, and the massage session may last for just some minutes, while it may also be for an hour or even longer depending on the situation of the patient.

 

Types and Methods of Massage Therapy

 

There are many types of massage therapies, and the one used depends on the patient and several other factors. These are some of the most common types today:

 

  • Breast massage (Lymphatic breast massage)
  • Acupressure massage
  • Stone massage
  • Aqua Massage
  • Barefoot deep tissue massage
  • Visceral manipulation
  • Breema massage
  • Bowen therapy
  • Chua K’a
  • Mobile massage
  • Couples massage
  • Erotic massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Foot massage
  • Esalen massage
  • Hilot massage
  • Kum Nye
  • Infant massage
  • Lomi Lomi and indigenous massage of Oceania
  • Cranial release technique
  • Medical massage
  • Lymphatic drainage massage
  • Mesoamerican massage
  • Traditional Chinese massage
  • Metamorphic Technique
  • Myofascial release massage
  • Pediatric massage
  • Myomassology
  • Postural integration (PI)
  • Reciprocal inhibition technique
  • Prostate massage
  • Reflexology massage
  • Self massage
  • Champissage massage
  • Remedial massage
  • Shiatsu
  • Sports massage
  • Structural integration
  • Tandem massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Tantric massage
  • Thai massage
  • Anma massage
  • Trager approach
  • Vaginal massage
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Zoku Shin Do
  • Watsu

 

Conclusion

 

Massage therapy is a good thing for those who want to live a healthy life. It does not have any known side effect, and it involves styles which help in many ways. For instance, the clinical styles of massage focus on therapeutic goals (for instance, releasing muscle spasms or stretching or strengthening specific injured muscles).

 

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