Massage is a systematic manual or mechanical manipulation of the soft tissues of the body by movements such as rubbing, kneading, pressing, rolling, stroking, slapping and tapping for therapeutic purposes to promote circulation of the blood and lymph, relaxation of muscles, relief from pain and restoration of metabolic balance. There are many different approaches to massage and its application. Massage is a holistic procedure that affects all systems of the body, digestive, elimination, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, and endocrine and nervous systems. A massage is great for relaxation and overall health, it is usually performed to relieve muscle stiffness, spasms or cramps and to relieve anxiety and tension. It can also improve your health and well-being, and sustains good health, physically, emotionally and mentally. Massages are performed on people of all ages, conditions and lifestyles to alleviate stress related conditions such as backache, neck pain, migraine, sore muscles and the like. Each individual responds differently to a massage and there isn’t just one style which is best of all. Basic massage techniques stimulate physical and emotion healing by providing physical therapy on the part of the body that is being massaged, stimulating the lymphatic system which carries waste products out of the body and defends your body against infections. Many of today’s health problems arise from stress and stress upsets the delicate integral balance of all your body’s functions therefore regaining this balance requires the holistic approach of massage.
There are a few things you could consider before getting a massage.
* Find an experienced massage therapist.
* Do not get a massage if you have any broken skin
* Do not get a massage if you have a contagious disease(flu, shingles or a fever)
* Do not get a massage if you are intoxicated.
Some of the most common massage requests are for:
* Deep Tissue
* Trigger Points
* Hot Stones
* Cold Stones
* Myofascial Release
Some health benefits are as follows:
The connection of the mind and body is increased and the efficiency of movement by providing joint flexibility and range of motion,
Creates a general feeling of well-being, emotional expression becomes easier,
Enhances self-image, reduces anxiety, blood pressure and promotes faster healing time from pulled muscles or sprained ligaments,
Improves skin nourishment and posture
Satisfies the need for the human nurturing touch, calms thinking and creativity,
Induces a relaxed state of alertness,
Reduces mental stress, improves the ability to notice stress signals and respond appropriately, aids re-education of muscles, promotes deeper breathing, promotes deep relaxation, stress reduction and relieves muscle tension, stiffness and reduces muscle spasm.
To Prepare for a massage:
Call ahead and ask if you prefer a male or female to give you your massage treatment.
During the massage, only the body part being worked on will be uncovered, and you can keep your underwear on.
If you are uncomfortable during the treatments tell the therapist immediately about your concerns
State what kind of a massage you would like, Swedish, deep tissue, stone, sports etc…
Tell the therapist about any concerns you may have.