What is a Massage?
Massage Therapy has been practiced for thousands of years, and has been developed from our natural tendency to rub ourselves better when we hurt.
Our modern understanding of anatomy and physiology has helped to develop massage techniques that can be used to alleviate muscular and skeletal problems.
A massage is the treatment of superficial parts of the body by rubbing, stroking, kneading, or slapping. Massages are usually performed to relieve muscle stiffness, spasms, or cramps and to relieve anxiety and tension.
Massage may also help improve or protect your memory.
There are many different types of massages. The types of massages are generalized to their origin (eastern and western). Some of the most common Eastern types are: Shiatsu, Acupressure, and Polarity. Eastern types of massages involve an understanding of the body's energy. Some of the common Western types are: Swedish, Escalen, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trager, Myofascial Release, and Connective Tissue Therapy. Western types are based in an anatomical understanding of our body.
Each person responds differently to massage and there isn't just one style which is best for all.
How Does Massage Work?
Basic Massage techniques such as stroking, kneading, and rubbing stimulate physical and emotional healing. They stimulate physical and emotional healing by:
Regular massage reduces damage to the tissues, improves circulation, relaxes muscle spasm, improves flexibility and reduces tension.