Massage Therapy, Tips and Techniques

by : Rachel Broune



Traditional Swedish Massage uses five main strokes, and many variations, to achieve its relaxing and healing effects. Massage as a holistic treatment means treating the whole person, body, mind, and spirit. Many therapists use a variety of techniques. Massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies are often complex mixtures of holistic healing practices involving physical, emotional and spiritual components. Massage involves acting and manipulating the patient's body with pressure (structured, unstructured, stationary, and/or moving), tension, motion, or vibration done manually or with mechanical aids.

The father of Swedish gymnastics and a pioneer of modern physiotherapy, rediscovered massage forgotten in the West for centuries since the collapse of the Roman Empire. Massage can be performed by a professional Massage Practitioner, or by other health care professionals, such as Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Athletic trainers, and/or Physical Therapists. The very idea of treating the body as a thing of beauty and to indulge in pampering it was considered blasphemous. This resulted in massage as a form of relaxation and as a form of medicine being ostracized and it remained so for several centuries. Mechanic has many different tools and tricks for keeping your car running smoothly; massage therapists have a dozen different techniques and complimentary therapies to keep the human body healthy, happy and balanced.

Many of our now popular modern massage techniques were created in order to heal specific health conditions. Massage does not include the diagnosis of a specific pathology, the prescription of drugs or controlled substances, spinal manipulation or those acts of physical therapy that are outside the scope of massage therapy. Consult a doctor before having a massage if you have phlebitis, thrombosis, varicose veins, acute back pain, cancer, a personality disorder, psychotic illness or any undiagnosed pain, lumps or bumps. Therapeutic massage can be thought of as an extension of Swedish massage, where a massage therapist uses a variety of special techniques to promote rehabilitation, provide pain relief, and improve flexibility and mobility. . Aromatherapists and reflexologists are among complementary therapy practitioners who make use of massage techniques. Each massage session will last 60-90 minutes, and will take place in a quiet room on a massage table. The patient will lie down undressed and the therapist will cover the parts of the body not being worked on with towels.

Benefits of Massage therapy and techniques
variety of intensive care
relieves tired and aching muscles
health club
lowers heart rate
health clinic
reduces tension headaches
hospital settings
mental relaxation
What are the techniques of massage?
The massage system may include lot of techniques which are give relax and healthy health.

vibration
compression
stroking
effleurage
gliding
percussion
friction
passive stretching
petrissage
kneading