Introduction to Massage
Massage Therapy is an ancient healing art that evolved from folk therapy to alleviate disease without the use of drugs or instruments. It relies solely on the techniques of the therapist’s hands being applied to the body surface of the patient.
How does massage work?
It is generally considered that massage therapy has the ability to regulate nerve function, to strengthen the body’s resistance to disease, to flush out the tissues and improve circulation of blood, and to make the joints more flexible.
In more clinical terms Massage Therapy:
• Relaxes muscles & tendons.
• Activates energy flow
• Promotes blood circulation
• Reduces swelling
• Relieves pain
• Decreases or relieves muscular spasms
8 Most Popular Types Of Massage
Acupressure is using finger pressure to stimulate certain acupuncture points to enhance the body’s own natural healing powers.
The gentle pressure applied to certain points removes blockages promoting health and harmony throughout the body.The aim of acupressure is to prevent disease.
It is effective to boost the immune system, to increase blood circulation, to relieve stress and pain, and it aids in the removal of toxic wastes.Acupressure treatments are ideal for chronic health problems as well as to enhance the immune system.
Some conditions commonly treated with acupressure:
• Back pain
• Stiffness and soreness of muscles
Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils derived from plants to affect your mood and alleviate pain.
When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system.
Each essential oil has different healing properties.
Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to conditions involving stress or improving emotionally-related conditions
Shiatsu literally means finger pressure.Touching a muscle that is out of order causes pain, but if it is done the shiatsu way it will restore circulation, improve metabolism, and will help to put the muscle back in good condition.
Shiatsu is a massage therapy using thumbs, fingers palms to apply pressure to certain points in order to correct imbalances in the body, and maintain or improve health. The pressure is applied to points that have been related to the central and autonomic nervous systems.
Shiatsu has proven itself a safe and speedy remedy for a wide range of disorders:
• High blood pressure
• Stiff muscles
• Stomach ache
• Intestinal complaints
Massage during pregnancy differs from a regular massage in a couple of ways. Knowledge of pregnancy and the anatomy of a pregnant woman are very important. This means that positioning during a massage is critical to the safety and well-being of both the mother and the baby she is carrying.
Pregnancy massage provides support for the new mother with physical and emotional strains of mothering.
• Relaxation and reducing of stress
• Relief from muscle cramps, spasms
• Reducing lower back pain
• Can reduce swelling
• Increasing lymph and blood circulation
• Improves outcome of labour and eases labour pain
At certain times of the pregnancy certain parts of the body should not be massaged.
Remedial massage uses several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage to muscles, tendons and joints.
When muscles become knotted and tense or damaged, remedial massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow.
• Stimulation to the blood circulation
• Removal of toxins from the muscles
• Calming the nervous system
• Pain relief
• Improvement of joint mobility
The following conditions may be treated with remedial massage:
• Neck and back pain
• Frozen shoulder
• Muscle tightness and pain
• Tennis elbow
• Sports injuries
• Sciatic pain
A Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling, at the University of Stockholm invented Swedish massage in 1812.
It is a system of long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and shaking motions, using oil on the skin.
It can be slow and gentle or vigorous.
• Promotes relaxation
• Eases muscle tension
• Reduces stress (emotional and physical)
• Invigorates blood circulation
• Relives pain
Tui Na — Chinese Therapeutic Massage
The aim of Traditional Chinese Massage Therapy is to restore the yin-yang balance and enhance the Qi (vital energy) and blood flow within the body.
Gentle techniques are used in deficiency syndromes to restore balance, while heavy manipulation is used to inhibit and reduce the excess.
Soft manipulations and stroking are useful in treating deficiency type of problems like weakness or numbness linked with cold and damp.
Energetic techniques are used to treat insomnia, oedema, pain associated with stagnation.
Functions of Tui Na:
• Balance yin & yang forces in the body
• Remove obstructions in the acupuncture channels
• Regulate Qi and blood flow
• Strengthen the body’s resistance to disease
• Clear stagnation of Qi & blood in muscles and in joints in order to enhance mobility
The Hand Held Vibratory Massager has a unique powerful massaging function, bringing great effect of releasing tension, and also reducing aches and pains. It relaxes the muscles, reducing cramps, improves blood circulation, and speeds up recovery. Moreover, it helps your digestive system to work more effectively.
The Hand Held Massager provides a soothing and comfortable vibrating effect that does not only relaxes your muscles but your mind as well. Used in combination with other modalities will ensure the most optimum result of those treatments.
By opening up the channels it is very beneficial for:
• Warms and stimulates the uterus
• Loose weight
• Pain relief
• Female health
• Artificial joints