The More Popular Types Of Massage Therapy.
Therapeutic Massage Back pain sufferers find
relief by having their backs massaged.
Besides back pain therapeutic massage can
also help with any type of aches, inflammation,
muscle tension, pain, spasms, or stiffness.
Massage is the art of using your hands or
specialized tools to knead, stroke or rub the
affected body area with the goal of increasing
blood flow to that and other body parts.
How does this relieve the above-mentioned
symptoms? Massage works because the increased
blood flow or circulation as medical personnel
refer to it as, helps to deliver oxygen and
nutrients to muscles and in turn they eliminate
and acids or other waste products that have
been accumulating there.
When this accumulated material is eliminated
the massaged person feels relief from pain.
There are many types of therapeutic massage.
They each accomplish a different set of tasks
that in turn bring different relief.
Deep Tissue Massage targets
what is called "chronic muscle tension" by
using slower strokes and the application of a
more direct pressure and creating frictions in
the hand motions.
Myofascial Release is a
type of massage that releases tension that has
been stored in the fibrous tissue that encases
support muscles. This type of massage is often
used after a muscle injury such as suffered by
Reiki is a Japanese form of
massage in which the goal is to adjust the
Shiatsu Massage is an old
oriental therapy, which finds its base in the
art of acupressure. Swedish massage is a
combination of both light stroking that is done
in one direction and the deep pressure placed
in another direction that relaxes muscles.
Trigger Point Massage is
when direct pressure is placed on "trigger
points" with the purpose of causing their
release. At the same time as the massage
therapist is releasing the trigger point s/he
is stretching the muscle while using a spray
that is a cooling agent sprayed onto the
You can find massage therapist that practice
the above massage methods by word of mouth,
through referral by your medical care personnel
or doctor, a clinical nurse, through looking
for American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
and they can help you locate a massage
therapist in your local area.
When looking for a massage therapist you may
wish to ask the following questions that will
help you find the quality you are looking for
in a therapist:
- Did you graduate from a massage program
that is accredited or approved by the
Commission on Massage Training
Accreditation (COMTA) or the National
Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage
- How many hours of therapeutic massage
have you completed for your training?
- Was it at least a minimum of 500 hours
- Do you have a therapeutic massage
If they belong to AMTA they will because
the organization requires all members to
have this as a qualification for
If you feel that you would like to have the
benefits of therapeutic massage but do not
have the money or time to go to a
professional massage therapist, there are
ways to "do-it-yourself".
Theraputic Massage Terms and
combination with for instance
Reiki can help to lower blood
properties of a good massage
has helped more than one person
get permission from their
doctor to fly.
I have heard
stories where people that have
previously been turned down by
their heart doctor for flights
have the same doctor give
permission because of the drop
in blood pressure after a Reiki
There are many hand-held massage tools that
you can purchase on the Internet or in
health stores that can help you to
duplicate what a professional does, just
not on the same level as they would
As with any therapy, you should check with
your physician or healthcare professional
to be sure that what you plan to do is
healthy for any other medical condition
that you may have.
Follow all instructions carefully for any
massage tool that you purchase, before