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History of Massage

  • Massage can be traced back to the Greeks in 2000 B.C..
  • Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine) advocated the use of massage
  • Julius Caesar had daily massage treatments to treat headaches & neuralgia
  • Chinese, Japanese, Greek & Roman cultures developed & promoted massage as an important component of healthcare

 

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is the assessment & treatment of the soft tissues of the body by a qualified professional to gain a therapeutic response.

Massage therapy will assess, treat & prevent physical dysfunction & pain of the soft tissues & joints.

 

Physical, Mental & Emotional Benefits of Massage Therapy

  • Increase circulation of blood & lymphatic fluid
  • Relieves muscle spasms & tension
  • Decreases stress
  • Increases joint flexibility & Range of Motion
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Improves digestion
  • Nourishes the skin
  • Improves body awareness
  • Creates a calmer mind
  • Relieves fatigue
  • Satisfies the need for touch
  • Creates a feeling of well-being
  • Decreases anxiety

 

Massage Therapy Techniques

A variety of techniques are used in Swedish Massage:

  • Effleurage (light, rhythmic)
  • Petrissage (kneading, wringing)
  • Shaking/Rocking (mobilizations)
  • Stroking (superficial)
  • Vibrations (fine or coarse)
  • Tapotement (stimulating)

Non-Swedish techniques commonly used:

  • Fascial work
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Joint mobilizations
  • Trigger point therapy

 

Other modalities that may be included in the massage therapy session:

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Stretching
  • Remedial exercise

Back In Motion Massage Clinic – St. Catharines

Therapeutic massage is the most amazing melange of art and science. The Orient has played a huge role in the development of contact therapy. The Chinese healing arts blend together herbal medicine and massage. The Japanese also have a version of their own with the their massage known as Shiatsu. Thai massage is also a well-liked alternative, especially with unique style of stretching and bending that it entails.

On the other hand, the Orient does not hold a monopoly as far as massage is concerned. There are many places around the world that promote massage and Europe has no shortcomings when it comes to this type of therapy. Swedish massage is one of the most popular types of therapeutic massage.

With a small number of hand, wrist and body movements, relaxation and energy can be restored just like magic in the competent hands of a registered massage therapist. One of the main reasons people get massages is to relax. The soothing movements of the hands push pressure points to release free radicals and cause the muscles to loosen up and release their tightness.

Nonetheless, individuals fail to understand that a a small amount of therapy can also provide indisputable health benefits too. Research has shown that therapeutic massage is a great way to ameliorate circulation. If performed correctly, it can help lessen the symptoms of high blood pressure as well as purge dangerous toxins from the body.

To those athletes that give it a try, sports therapy is another typical example of how a massage provides health benefits. For athletes that take advantage of massage, they find that injuries are prevented both before and after physical activity. Massage also helps to build up muscle by helping it to rest adequately, which is important for muscle growth and development.

These are just a few of the benefits that you obtain when you get a massage. It would be ideal for you to experience a massage for yourself to see how it can help you. Come see a registered massage therapist at Back In Motion today and discover it for yourself.