Massage Therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues, consisting of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body.
Massage therapy has been used for centuries. It is a complementary therapy to relax you mentally and physically. It may concentrate on the muscles, the soft tissues, or on the acupuncture points.
Massage Therapy is known to help quickly relieve stress and tension, bring harmony to the body and increase immunity. Studies show that long-term treatment can assist with a wide range of ailments from pre-menstrual syndrome to migraines, digestive issues and arthritis.
Generally, massage therapy can help lift your mood, improve your sleep and overall enhance your well being.
Different Approaches and techniques are utilized by different therapists
This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing.
Massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs.
The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender.
Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle.
Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.