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

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