Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, or causing movement of or to the body.
Generally, massage therapy is known to affect the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing. These effects provide a number of benefits:
• reduction of muscle tension and stiffness
• relief of muscle spasms
• greater flexibility and range of motion
• increase of the ease and efficiency of movement
• promotion of deeper and easier breathing
• improvement of the circulation of blood and movement of lymph
• creation of a feeling of well-being
• reduction in levels of anxiety
Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of a group of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body.For example, using too much pressure may cause the body to tense up, while using too little may not have enough effect. In practice, many massage therapists use more than one technique or method in their work and sometimes combine several.
There are lots of Massage therapy, here are the most know:
Swedish massage,Neuromuscular massage,Deep tissue massage,Acupressure
Massage therapy is comparatively safe; however it is generally contraindicated, it should not be used, if a person has one of the following conditions: advanced heart diseases, high blood pressure, phlebitis, thrombosis, embolism, kidney failure, cancer if massage would accelerate metastasis (i.e., spread a tumor) or damage tissue that is fragile due to chemotherapy or other treatment, infectious diseases, contagious skin conditions, acute inflammation, infected injuries, dislocations, frostbite, large hernias, torn ligaments.
Massage therapy doesn’t have side effects. Sometimes people are concerned that massage may leave them too relaxed or too mentally unfocused. To the contrary, massage tends to leave people feeling more relaxed and alert.