Massage TherapyMichelle Henderson
What is Massage or Massage Therapy?
Massage is the manual and systematic manipulation of soft tissues - muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments – which involves pressure, tension, motion or vibration with the use of hands, feet, elbows, knees, fingers, forearm or any other massage devices.
Massage therapy is considered one of the oldest healthcare practices known today. It involves various techniques and methods delivered depending on each person’s physical needs. It doesn’t only promote relaxation and well-being but also addresses many specific health problems. Various studies and researches have been accomplished substantiating some benefits of massage and proving its
What are the Most Common Types of Massage?
Swedish Massage – It is the most widely recognized type of massage. It involves 5 basic strokes - effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction and vibration. It is a more gentle form that promotes relaxation and vitality.
Sports Massage – This type of massage uses Swedish and Deep Tissue technique geared towards athletic events and activities for treatment of pain, prevention of injury and recovery.
Deep Tissue Massage – It focuses on deep tissues of the muscle and fascia using a more forceful stroke and slower movement. It targets chronic aches and pains in the different parts of the body to restore normal movement.
Thai Massage – It is an ancient healing system combining passive stretches and gentle pressures that stimulates the body’s natural healing ability and restore a healthy mind, body and spirit.
What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?
A good and therapeutic massage does not only help us loosen up from work and stress but also addresses our specific physical complaints and needs to achieve optimum health and well-being. The following are some massage therapy benefits and healthy reasons why a therapeutic massage should become an essential part of our health maintenance plan:
Induces feeling of profound relaxation and calm
Lowers blood pressure
Promotes better elimination of wastes
Improves skin condition, texture, and tone
Heals muscles and relieves pain
What are the Contraindications to Massage Treatment?
Fever, including cold or flu
Vomiting and diarrhea
Severe and undiagnosed pain
History of thrombosis or any other related diseases such as bruising
Recent operations and major injuries or trauma
Serious medical conditions, such as cancer, hypertension, epilepsy and diabetes
Other Important Considerations:
Always ask about the qualification of your massage therapist – including training, experience and credentials
Inform your medical provider about any alternative or complementary treatment you will use especially when you have any medical condition
Never replace conventional treatment with massage therapy