Massage Therapy is the manipulation of muscle and tissue using primarily your hands. Massage Therapy can be used for a variety of different treatments, such as the alleviation of stress, healing injured tissue, relaxation and many others. Massage Therapy has many benefits including: improving joint mobility, increasing circulation, reducing muscular tension and decreasing pain and discomfort.
Massage Therapy is not only beneficial to ailments that are pre-existing but it can also promote general wellness and prevent new aliments from arising. With today’s high pressure living and working environment more and more people are suffering from stress-related illnesses, including back problems, repetitive strain injuries and other postural and physical problems caused by sitting at workstations for long periods of time. Receiving a massage helps create awareness in the recipient of their posture and their body in general, making them more receptive to healthy attitudes and ideas.
A relaxation massage is focused mostly on the calming feeling and relaxation of the patient. Your therapist will not delve into major issues or “knots” found in the muscles but will focus on smooth gliding movements along your body. A relaxation massage is a good place to start if you’ve never had a massage before or if you’re trying to release stress. It is not uncommon to fall asleep during a relaxation massage as your body and mind will be at rest. A smooth gentle massage will help to release endorphins in the brain.
Therapeutic massage is most often used to treat pain and health symptom. Most commonly treated are headaches, muscle spasms, pregnancy related pain, lower back pain, neck and shoulder tension, tendonitis, and many other muscular ailments. Your medical professional may recommend coming to see a massage therapist to treat an ailment you may be suffering from.