Descriptions Of Some Of The More Popular
Forms of Massage Therapy. There are certain
forms of massage therapies that are more
popular than others.
The spa treatment massage has become
extremely popular but there are forms that are
beginning to get more attention. A massage,
considered a luxury has now become a
complementary form of medicine.
Medical doctors are recognizing the benefits
of combining medical treatments with massage
therapy to promote healing and relieve
Acupressure: is an
ancient form of massage therapy used as a
healing. It involves using fingers on pressure
points to stimulate the bodys natural ability
to heal and rejuvenate itself.
The body has a natural ability to heal
itself. It just needs specific pressure points
to stimulate that healing process and improve
blood circulation. Pressing on specific points
will promote natural healing. Acupressure and
acupuncture are similar except no needles are
used in acupressure.
The finger points are used instead of
needles. Stimulating the points can release of
endorphins that are natural pain relievers.
Blood and occupation flow to the affected
area causing muscles to relax so healing can
take place. Acupressure that is performed
correctly will increase circulation, help
reduce muscle tension and help the body to
If tension is reduced, the bodies own immune
system grows stronger. A trained therapist will
take care not to put too much pressure on
pressure points in the abdomen, armpits,
throat, and groin area.
Special care should be used when giving
acupressure therapy to pregnant women or those
with recent scars or burns.
Chair Massage: A
massage treatment that is becoming increasingly
popular is the chair massage. Chair massage is
also called seated massage.
It can be administered in different
locations including health fairs, sports
events, airports, and shopping malls. Some
corporations bring in therapists to help
relieve tension and stress in the
The client remains fully clothed and the
treatments take between 15-30 minutes. Chair
massage is limited to the neck, shoulders, and
arm areas of the body.
A chair massage can be an effective tool in
reducing tension and stress in the workplace.
It can improve productivity and make employees
Happier employees improve production and
that is what a businessperson wants for his
Deep Tissue Massage
uses slow strokes and direct pressure
across the grain of the muscles using
fingers, thumbs and elbows. Deep tissue
massage works to release chronic aches and
The purpose of a deep tissue massage is to
reach below the surface and dig deeper into
the affected muscles. A therapist who uses
deep tissue massage must be thoroughly
trained to do this massage.
An injury can occur if the therapist does
not perform the treatment correctly.
Theraputic Massage Terms and
A very specific
massage of therapeutic value to
the cranium called Cranial
Sacral massage therapy.
This is applied
to the neck and the head. and
can be very beneficial if you
people do report a worsening of
the symptoms for about a day or
so before the pains disappear
This form of massage is most useful in
treating chronic pain after an injury.
Sports massage therapy is used both for
treating injuries and for preventing injury
during a sports event.
Sports massage increases flexibility and
range of motion, helps with mental clarity.
Nearly every sports team uses the services
of a massage therapist.
They are considered an integral part of the