[MASSAGE THERAPY] What Is It?

What Is It? Massage is the manipulation of the soft-tissues of the body. It helps to ease stress and muscular tension, relieve pain from injuries, and speed healing from certain acute and chronic conditions. Today millions of people worldwide visit massage therapists as a form of regular health-care maintenance. The practice of massage has been used for thousands of years. As early as 2700 B.C., the Chinese text, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, recommended that “breathing exercises, massage Read More

How much of my body will be massaged?

The extent of a massage will depend on several factors, including the length of the session, the specific need for treatment, the techniques used, and the client’s comfort level with touch. When there is an injury or condition to be addressed, the entire session may focus on a single area. There may also be a need for treatment of other body areas that are affected by an injury, such as when a sprained ankle forces the opposite leg to bear Read More

Before, during, after massage

Before Your Massage… *Avoid a heavy meal for a couple of hours before your massage because massage on a full stomach may be uncomfortable. *Check your skin for any open cuts, scrapes, and scratches, and cover them with a bandage. *Let your massage therapist know how you felt after your last massage and about any changes in your health, pain, or injuries. *Be aware that massage is not recommended in the early or acute stage of cold or flu, because Read More

Between Your Massages

To get the most out of your massage sessions, practice these self-care tips regularly. Stretch. If you are getting massage for pain and discomfort, stretching is essential for you. Frequency is more important than length of a stretching session. *Try setting up a reminder sound such as a chime on your computer to remind you to stretch for 2 minutes every hour or 5 minutes every two hours. *Follow this simple routine. Exhale as you stretch whatever feels tight or Read More

In the Hours After Your Massage

After your massage you may notice profound changes in your body and mind. Here are some things that can help you get the most from your massage. Drink extra water. Massage improves circulation, which helps flush irritating waste products from stressed muscles and other tissues. Drinking water aids the functioning of the whole body, including the circulation and the kidneys, which are both involved with removing waste products from your body. Drinking extra water also seems to help reduce soreness Read More

What should I do during a massage?

Make yourself comfortable. Other than specifically asking you to adjust your position so that I can apply a specific technique, you can change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Most people just close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

What is the first appointment like?

Depending on the massage technique which we will be using, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body Swedish massage, most people undress completely, though you may choose to wear underwear. You will relax on a padded table designed for stability and comfort. For many techniques, a lubricant will be used, such as light oil or lotion. For some kinds of bodywork, no oil is used. A massage session usually begins with relatively gentle pressure to Read More

Are there different techniques in massage?

Refer this website. http://www.aobta.org/bodywork%20styles.htm Swedish Massage Probably the most common form of Massage in the West. One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination Read More

Simple ways to reduce stress in your Life

Daily stress and anxiety can trigger headaches, tense muscles, and even raise your blood pressure. Stress also suppresses the immune system, making you more vulnerable to illness. Here are some easy-to-implement lifestyle changes that can help bring stress down a notchCompiled by Beena Qayyum Go for a Walk Exercise clears your mind and returns the body to a more healthful state. A 10-minute walk can decrease anxiety. When you exercise, beta-endorphins (the body’s natural relaxants) are released. Endorphins counteract the Read More

Comments/facts about massage

“Massage is one of the most popular alternative therapies in the U.S. today, with 27% of us having had a massage in the past 5 years. 54% of internists say they would encourage their patients to pursue massage therapy as an adjunct to traditional medical treatment.” –Biography Magazine, April 2002 “Like exercise, massage does more for you if you engage in it regularly…But even a monthly treatment can help maintain general health.” –Newsweek, April 6, 1998 “Paying a masseuse to Read More