There are many different approaches and applications to massage. Here are few of the many different types :-
Swedish Massage, a general whole body massage using oils on the skin to facilitate treatment. This is the basis of all Western forms of massage treatment.
Shiatsu, with this Japanese style you generally stay dressed and are treated on the floor. It balances all bodily systems.
Deep Tissue, this approach is powerful and often painful although the benefits can be great. It is helpful in restructuring the body, improving posture.
Holistic Pulsing, clothes on, you are gently rocked, the rocking or pulsing releasing tension.
Sensual Massage, usually undress and this is excellent for couples to help develop intimacy.
Aromatherapy, the use of naturally occuring essential oils to enhance treatment. Often used as a treatment in themselves with different oils being applied to different parts of the body. Pure essential oils have great healing properties.
General benefits of a massage therapy :
Increases your body self awareness and sensitivity
Reduces your stress, tension and anxiety levels
Calms the nervous system
Relaxes, focuses and clears your mind
Helps to improve and maintain your posture
Helps to fulfil your need for a caring and nurturing touch
Encourages self esteem and a general feeling of well being
Improves your emotional awareness
Massage Therapy is :
The holistic application of physical touch to affect the system of the body : the muscular, skeletal, digestive, elimination, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine, emotional, mental and nervous system.
It is the manipulation to the soft tissues of the body with hands for therapeutic, healing, relaxing and pleasureable effects.
It is the loving touch of the heart expressed through the hands
Benefits to your muscular system
Massage increases the blood supply and nutrition to your muscles.
Massage helps your muscles recover more quickly from exertion and fatigue.
Massage relaxes your muscles, effectively reducing spasms, tension and cramping.
Massage reduces and breaks down adhesions (knots) and fibrosis.
Massage strecthes your connective tissue.
Massage helps to re-establish your proper muscular tone.
Massage reduces your muscle and soft tissue pain.
Massage supports increased work capacity and encourages your metabolism.
Massage helps prevents mascular atrophy (wasting from injury and paralysis)
Benefits to your skeletal systems
Massage improves the circulation and nutrition of the joints and helps increase your range of joint movement
Massage reduces joint strain and compression through releasinng tight muscles and tendons
Massage increases the ease and efficiency of your movements
Massage helps to increase the retention of nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur in the bones and this aids in fracture healing
Benefits to your respiratory system
Massage deepens and normalises the breathing pattern through relaxation, and release of tension in the breathing structures, both the rib cage and the muscles of respiration
Massage can help to relieve congestion in the lungs through percussive and compressive movements
Massage increases the action of the heart, stimulating the blood flow to and from the lungs, helping with the elimination of waste and the absorption of oxygen
Benefits to your circulatory system
Massage increases the nutrition of the tissues via an increased exchange of fluids and materials
Massage, via the mechanical actions on the soft tissues, produces a dilation of the blood vessels which helps to improve your circulation
Massage helps to reduce the lack of blood and by direct pressure and stimulation reduces pain due to the iritation of nerves that control your circulatory system
Massage enhances the elimination of the waste products of your metabolism
Massage helps to reduce any swelling
Massage increases the number of red blood cells in your circulation
Massage has the overall effect of lowering your blood pressure and reduces your pulse rate
Massage facilitates tissue healing through the enhancement of circulation
Massage increases tissue fluid and assists lymphatic, circulation thus reducing swelling an enhancing the immune and filtering activities of this system
Massage increases both your venous and lymphatic flow
There are few other bodily system that you can benefit from massage. I will be sharing them in my next blog post.
I am not a massage therapist but received my training in the area of holistic massage for more than 2 years at a wellness centre and I love to share a little bit of the knowledge and skill I have learned over the years.
So, now that you have better understanding of the benefits of massage and the benefits it deliver on different parts of the body, please feel free to drop by any wellness centre and insist for a trained therapist to deliver the optimum result your body needs.
Hope you enjoy reading my post and will consider massage for your own health
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