Massage therapy is the hands-on manipulation of soft tissues using various types of massage techniques and modalities to promote relaxation and health.
Generally, massage therapy is delivered to enhance blood flow and promote restoration and healing of muscles and tissues. It is a popular mode of relaxation as well, helping alleviate discomforts and ailments to maintain overall wellness and health.
Types of Massage
There are various kinds of massage being practiced globally. Swedish Massage is one of the most popular kind. It involves 5 basic strokes – effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction and vibration, performed in a more gentle form. There are also those massages that are specialized based on the person’s needs. For example, Prenatal Massage is given specifically to pregnant women and Sports Massage is geared towards athletes and sports professionals.
Massage can do so much more than pure relaxation. The following are some healthy reasons why a therapeutic massage should become an essential part of your health maintenance plan:
Increases circulation and blood flow
Induces feeling of profound relaxation and calm
Promotes better elimination of wastes
Improves skin condition, texture, and tone
Lowers blood pressure
Heals muscles and relieves pain
Reduces fatigue and apathy
Boosts immune system functioning
Massage therapy is considered natural, non-invasive and safe. However, there are some considerations that you should take into account. When you have these, please contact your medical provider first before booking a massage:
Fever, including cold or flu
Skin diseases or burns
Vomiting and diarrhea
Severe and undiagnosed pain
History of thrombosis or any other related diseases such as bruising
Recent operations and major injuries or trauma
Serious medical conditions, such as cancer, hypertension, epilepsy and diabetes