What is massage therapy?
Massage is a technique that involves rubbing, pressing and manipulating the skin, tendons, muscles and ligaments. Massage can range from deep pressure to light stroking. Massage therapy is performed by hands, finger and sometimes by elbows, forearms or feet. Massage therapy is an oldest healing art common in China, Japan, Egypt, and India. Massage help to maintain complete health and wellness. Massage improves blood and lymph flow in the body to reduce flaccidity and muscular tension and encourage tissue healing. It is done with essential oils.
What are the different types of massage?
Deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, sports massage, neuromuscular massage, Thai massage, shiatsu, hot stone massage, chair massage, pregnancy massage, reflexology and trigger point massage.
What are the common benefits of massage?
- Reduce stress
- Improve circulation
- Improve flexibility
- Reduce pain
- Improve sleep
- Reduce fatigue
- Enhance immunity
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Encourage recovery after surgery
- Muscle relaxation
- Increase muscle strength
- Improve the quality of life and well-being
The diseases or medical conditions that can be treated by massage therapy
Knee injury, asthma, cancer, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, arthritis, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, neck pain, chronic pain, paralysis, scoliosis, pregnancy discomforts, postural disorders, degenerative disc disease, dislocations, sports injuries, frozen shoulder, headache, migraine, stress related disorders, herniated disc, hypertension, insomnia, tendonitis, strains or sprains, repetitive stress injuries, digestive disorders, whiplash and stroke etc.
Is there any side effect of massage therapy?
Most people take lifelong benefits from massage. Ordinarily, massage is not uncomfortable or painful at all. Your therapist should be qualified and trained. If you are a person with fractures, severe thrombocytopenia, bleeding disorder, deep vein thrombosis, severe osteoporosis, healing wounds or burns or you are on blood thinning medication then you are not the appropriate person for massage therapy.