Massage Information For The Newbie To
Massage Therapy. Massage combines the use of
pressure, friction, and strain upon tissues and
joints of the body for therapeutic or personal
Massage has been used for centuries for
health reasons especially for pain relief and
Swedish massage is the most common thought
of massage technique and it's purpose is to
relax the muscles by applying pressure to them
against deep muscles and bones by rubbing in
the same direction as the blood takes when
returning from the heart.
Some believe it is safe to apply light
pressure in the opposite direction as well.
Friction is reduced by use of mineral oil.
Swedish massage can relax your muscles,
increase blood circulation, remove metabolic
waste and help you to feel more connected with
your body's and how you position it. One of the
goals for Swedish massage is to speed the
return of blood from the extremities (arms and
If you suffer from injuries, healing time
can be hastened by flushing the soft tissues of
lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic
wastes within the body. It can also stimulate
the skin and nervous system while also relaxing
It is often recommended for stress
management as well as in clinical or remedial
therapy. Shiatsu is a "system massage" because
it is based on the body's energy meridians. The
recipient of the massage is fully clothed
unlike in other massage therapies.
The massage involved in Shiatsu is one
closely related to acupuncture and involves a
stretching and opening of "energy meridians.
Some employers, business conferences, and other
workshop or social events that a portable
massage unit would be practical use on-site
massage or Chair massage.
The person receiving the massage remains fully
clothed. No oils are used. Myotherapy and
Trigger Point Massage are used for pain relief
and to relieve muscle spasms and cramping.
The major goal of this type of massage is to
reduce spasm by creating new blood flow to
muscles that have been deprived of blood flow
due to injury. Our nervous system gives us
feedback that it needs blood by sending
sensations of pain, spasms and then pain
The therapist will apply pressure to the
trigger point for a short duration of time
usually about 7 to 10 seconds per point.
The therapist may hit the same trigger
point several times during a session.
A cooling agent, usually a spray often is
then used on the areas. The muscles are
then stretched to complete the relaxation
process. Many call this technique "spray
and stretch". Reiki is another popular
Theraputic Massage Terms and
improve a person range of
motion as it can release
tension and help relax the
muscles around the joints.
Applying a finger tip massage
around a stiff joint for
instance can help a great
It is a gentle healing technique used to
reduce stress and relieve pain and
facilitate healing in those who receive the
massage by allowing the recipient to become
one with the vital energy of the universe
by channeling it through the practitioner
and then energizing the various body
systems on levels that will promote
The practitioner's hands scan the client in
order to perceive and treat areas that are
sensed to contain reduced vitality.