Massage is the practice of soft tissue manipulation with physical, functional, and in some cases psychological purposes and goals.
Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities. The most cited reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness.
Massage is a relaxing, therapeutic treatment that has been around for thousands of years. In fact, the word “massage” comes from the Greek root “masso,” which means to touch. Massage is the most popular treatment at spas, but you can also get massage from individual licensed therapists who work out of their home or come to your house with a table.
What do I choose?
The massage of my choice is Remedial or Myotherapy. Both are deep tissue and really hurt! But they are great and very beneficial. They only hurt if you have loads of stress that has built up in your neck and shoulders, pain due to deferred pain, usually from an injury, and/or tight muscles due to the gym. If you are wanting a more relaxing massage, stay away from this type. However if you are looking for long term results then give it a go. If you have health insurance in Australia, look at your policy as you just might find remedial massage is covered!!
Massage chairs are hit and miss however they can be a great investment. Just be mindful that chairs that remain upright and don’t go back are bad for people with bad backs, as the seated position for a long period is not benefical and the vibrations are not good for your back when in the seated position. So if this is you, tilt the seat back, and enjoy with no further damage to your back.