The art of Massage can be traced back for
centuries especially in China, India, Greece, and Southern Europe.
Massage is popularly used to relieve pressure, muscle tension,
pain as well as to provide a sense of well being and comfort. Today,
modern medicine understand that massage also improves not only
blood circulation by
our body's ability to purge off toxins.
Massage can provide relief and
stengthen many different body parts including the skin, muscles,
joints, connective tissue,
ligaments, gastrointestinal and even the reproductive organs.
The main method of receiving
massage is through a professional therapist trained in the art
of massage. Today there are many
aids for those who are interested to practise the art of self-massage.
Massage chairs are also available that contain motors and mechanical
protrutions to simulate the therapists thumbs and kneading action
as well as the pressure experienced by a professional massage.
These chairs are computerized to adjust for your weight and height
as the shape of your back. These chairs work on not only your
back, kneck and shoulders, but your hips, thighs, legs and
feet for all
Massage is suggested as part
of a therapy plan by physicians, physical therapists and sport
trainers. Massage has been shown
such medical conditions as depression, stress, mental and physical
fatique, pain relief for arthritis suffers and to generally
aid circulation issues.
In addition to the physiological
and mental benefits of massage in therapeutic circumstances, massage
has also been used
for ages as
an aid to lovemaking, taking place in the home as a method
to relax the mind and muscles. It has been known for a long
between the body, the mind and the emotions. Massage involves
touching the skin and muscles but has a calming and rejuvnating
on the mind and emotions of the recipient. This is beneficial
only in lovemaking but also for those individuals who could
benefit from feeling
the healing powers of deep relaxation, and renewal of energy.
The process of receiving a massage
in professional settings involves the client being either partially
unclothed and draped
with sheets or towels. The purpose of unclothing provides
access to the body parts to be massaged. Draping provides
privacy and comfort, as well as the warmth needed by the
muscles for relaxation.
The table the client lies on may also be warmed and the
room air as well. Other elements of the room will be used
such as lit candles or soothing music or sounds. The client
needs to be relaxed in order for the full benefits of the
Generally the massage session
starts out with the client facing upward or the "supine" position.
The face down position is referred to as "prone". The
client then rolls over for the second half of the session.
In order for the massage to be
effective there needs to be excellent communication between the
the client receiving
the massage. Communication is used to rely messages
back and forth regarding areas to be massaged, pressure to
the pressure - comfortable or too hard etc., and preferred
techniques if the client is experienced in receiving
history and current physical condition is also taken
into concideration and discussed prior to the massage.
There are quite a few different Massage Methods including
but not limited to these:
Anma, Ayurvedic Abhyanga, Barefoot Deep Tissue,
Chair massage, Chinese Tui Na Massage, Chinese
muscle & deep
tissue, Effleurage, Lomilomi - which is the traditional
Hawaiian massage, Roman massage, Reiki Massage
and many others.
Types of Massage Therapy
There are many types of massage therapy and
almost every person can derive some benefit from massage
therapy whether they
are young or old. Therapy using massage techniques can do things
like helping a person to heal better by helping the person’s
body use it owns resources to heal. It can help with headaches
and help to relieve many kinds of tension and stress. It is truly
remarkable the healing power of touch and massage. There are many
massage techniques and complementary therapies and we will explore
some of them briefly here.
What are some of the main categories
of massage professions?
The two categories are:
* Medical massage
* Energy massage
What are some of the therapies
that complement massage?
Some complementary therapies are:
While these are a few of the
complementary therapies to go with massage the two main professions
can further be divided by
specializations and uses. Some of the medical profession uses
massage to assist
* sports healing
* Certain stretching massages with exercise
* Massage that is for the neuromuscular area
energy type of therapies use massage for:
* touch therapy
* Polarity which can be a combination of touch and polarity
There are many types of massages
that can be utilized by a professional therapist for various problems
to only practice a specialized massage therapy. What are
some of the massage therapies and what do they seek to
accomplish in general?
Let's take a look.
Some oriental massage therapies
Acupressure is based on acupuncture
only it doesn’t utilize
any needles at all and utilizes some deep tissue massage
with pressure being applied along certain points or areas of the
it does not normally use any lotions or oils.
With Shiatsu massage the goal
is to combine some acupressure and some massage and is focused
somewhat on relieving
balancing ones energy.
One of the most basic massages
is Swedish massage. It utilizes long and basically gentle strokes
used on all
the various groups of muscles. It is mainly used
to help ease and
and is known for improving circulation.
Along the same lines as Swedish
massage is relaxation massage as it utilizes a flowing and smooth
A very specific massage of therapeutic
value to the cranium called Cranial Sacral massage therapy.
to the neck and
A very medical application called
remedial massage. It emphasizes a paramedical treatment that
helps to achieve
of and function of the soft tissue such as
ligaments, tendons, muscles
that have been injured. This utilizes many
types of massage and includes self treatment at home.To
in the body
a therapy that uses the reflex points in the
feet. These points have matching or corresponding
in the body.
doing this yourself will apply pressure to
these points with the thumb and fingers.
Certain massage therapies can
be benefited or enhanced with the healing powers of essential
oils and this
would be called
The massage therapy that involves
deep tissue massage has several different massage techniques
used in deep tissue massage. Deep tissue
massage involves many different
types of strokes and involved some of these
techniques such as;
* Sports massage
* Massage of the Connective Tissue
* trigger point therapy
* Neuromuscular massage Techniques
Finally, there is Hot Stone Massage
which helps to increase blood flow to the muscles
sometime used in conjunction
a Pilates workout.
There are many uses for massage
therapy, so find one that helps you achieve