What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is basically the manipulation of muscles, ligaments, tendons, skin, fascia, and joints in the body. Massage therapy has been around since the beginning of time.
The benefits of massage can help to alleviate pain and aid in physical maladies and day-to-day functioning. It also impacts mental and emotional wellbeing. Relaxation, awareness, anxiety, and depression can all be aided and eased with massage therapy.
Massage has been known to boosts the immune system, relaxes and reduces anxiety, alleviates pain, reduces blood pressure and heart rate, stimulates lesser used muscles, increases endorphins, aids physical rehabilitation, and improves circulation (blood and lymph).
There are many different techniques and therapies in the field of massage; below are some examples:
Swedish: Probably the most well known technique, and for good reason; it’s quite popular and great for relaxation.
Acupressure: is like acupuncture without the needles. It focuses on points on the body that are targeted and pressure applied to create a therapeutic effect.
Aromatherapy: consists of using pure essential oils for the healing benefits. These oils can be applied to the skin (with a carrier oil) or simply allowed to perfume the air via a burner.
Canadian Deep Tissue Massage: A technique that focuses on a muscle group working with the fibers of the muscle tissue to rejuvenate each level of muscle including deep tissue.
Deep Tissue Massage/Myotherapy: works to invigorate and stimulate the muscle issue on a deep level. It involves more intense manipulation and can provide tremendous benefits on many levels. Further it help release toxins from the body and it most popular with athletes and post workout.
Hot Stone Massage: Warm stones are used on the body with gentle pressure to provide a soothing, therapeutic sensation.
Infant Massage: Becoming more popular everyday, infant massage has been proven to help infants gain weight and speed development. It is taught to mothers as a way to bond with their babies.