The Healing Properties of Massage
Massage therapy is a healing art form that combines the physical
touch, pressure, stretching and other methods and tools that are
used, to restore balance and a feeling of well-being to the recipients.
Most of us have received backrubs from friends or spouses and can
attest to the relaxing and pleasant feelings that are evoked during
and after the rub. Most of us receive these rubs from those who
are not experienced in massage. Still the effort is appreciated
and the benefits are wonderful.
Think now about how much greater
the benefit could be while experiencing the art of massage from
someone who has been trained in how the body's physiological
and psychological elements can be stimulated by careful and knowledgeable
Massage therapy is a holistic,
drug-free healing art that combines the scientific approach used
in the west with the intuitive and
energy-based approach of eastern cultures. Therapists manipulate
soft tissue in
order to restore energy, maintain balance and put the body at rest
while allowing the mind to be stress free.
In the hurried, fast-paced world
so many of us live in today, it is not that uncommon for persons
to be walking around
neck and shoulder tension and pain. Massage therapy can help
dissipate that uncomfortable tension.
Many of us go through our days
doing repetitive motions. These motions fatigue our muscles and
can lead to health conditions
similar to what athletes’ experience. Many artists who
work on canvas, or other media can experience back, knee, neck,
and wrist pain and tension related problems. Moms who care
for little ones all day do a lot of bending and lifting which
can strain the
lower back, and legs. Secretaries and those who use keyboards
all day can experience carpal tunnel issues with their wrists.
Experiencing massage through
a licensed therapist should be a relaxing and trusting experience.
Your initial call will
what can be done for your needs whether they be to reduce
pain, or deal
with a sports injury, or possibly to deal with an emotional
issue or depression issue. The purpose of this initial
call is to let
the therapist know what your needs are and they to let
you know how massage
can benefit you.
The therapist can answer any
of your initial questions concerning how therapy works and then
be scheduled for
therapy session” where a detailed medical history
will be taken. You and your therapist will get to know
You both will
be able start building an atmosphere of trust, so that
your massage sessions can address your needs in a knowledgeable,
This initial fact finding session is what allows the healing
power of massage to happen, it is the foundation on which
all of your sessions
will build upon.
The healing properties of massage
can help those who suffer from back pain, inflammatory conditions
can relieve stress and stress-related conditions, help
those who suffer from headaches and migraines, and relieve
from spasms, strains, and sprains. Massage can also provide
relief from repetitive strain injuries such as carpal
Circulatory and respiratory problems can find some measure
of relief as well
as those who are seeking healing from post-injury or
Swedish Massage Therapy Benefits
While some people think of fancy salons and spas when they here the
name Swedish Massage Therapy, it is simply a method of massage
that is readily available even in the office of a chiropractor.
There are many benefits associated with a Swedish massage and we
will explore some of them here.
Swedish massage is one of the
most common forms of massage in the USA and is quite the standard.
It is also known as a
type massage and is an overall method that helps the whole body.
So what is Swedish massage exactly?
Simply a set and variety of techniques or methods that help to
achieve relaxation of the muscles and to help achieve a better
rate of circulation.
The main use or purpose of Swedish massage is:
* helps to release toxins from the body’s muscles
* help to increase oxygen flow
How is this massage method applied?
Basically the Swedish massage utilizes techniques that apply
stokes with pressure applied in the direction as the blood
as it returns to a person’s heart. The pressure is applied to
bones and muscles with various types of techniques.
These techniques are:
* Shaking motions
* Long strokes
Each of these methods or techniques
of massage has a stroke that can offer benefits in different
And these can be further defined
as 5 main strokes such as:
* Gliding which is called Effleurage
* rubbing which is called Friction
* kneading which is called Petrissage
* pounding which is called Tapotement
* shaking which is called Vibration
First the therapist would attempt
to concentrate on relaxation which would utilize gliding the palms,
or thumbs. This would
be the Effleurage stroke. Further they would use kneading
with the fingers, thumbs, or hands and this would be
Along with this, the therapist would use lotions and
or oils to help the process. The process usually involves a
body massage covering
the whole body that ranges from between 1 hour to 1.5
With the Effleurage stroke, the
goal is to find the muscles that are tense and this gives a person
time to get
they lie face down and are massaged from the neck
all the way down the
back to the end of the spinal column.
While with the Petrissage
the therapist is striving for the achievement of a deeper relaxation
to Warm-Up the
body for more intense massage. This technique will
involve the muscles being moved or lifted away
and upward from
This will help
to figure out how much or how deep the pressure
applied will need to be. This will possibly lead to other
allow for various benefits.
The many and various benefits of utilizing Swedish
* lowers blood pressure
* increases circulation
* The mind and the body will relax
* helps with digestion
* can help to relieve colic
* Helps clear up congested lungs by breaking up
* helps to stimulate a slower breathing pattern
* improves muscle flexibility
* helps to improve the durability of the muscles
* helps to ease tension and stiffness within
There are many more benefits
to this form of massage with relaxation being a major player
in this therapy.
can achieve better overall well being and health
if they start receiving