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What is Massage Therapy?

Massage has been practiced for thousands of years and today it is a part of numerous health spas, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, clinics and is an integral part of many people’s regular health regimen. Massage Therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues, using various degrees of pressure and movement, to enhance a person’s health and well-being. It is always performed by a trained, licensed professional. There are hundreds of types of massage, or better known as modalities. Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Hot Stone, Medical, just to name a few. Massage techniques are commonly applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, forearms, knees, feet or a device. A massage can be performed on a massage table, mat or chair. There are even massages that are performed in the pool, such as aquatic therapy. Massage is generally part of complementary medicine, but more massage treatments are being offered for numerous medical conditions. More and more people are recognizing the numerous benefits of Massage Therapy and incorporating it into their health and wellness routine.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

There are numerous different styles of Massages therefore numerous benefits of Massage Therapy. Massage Therapy gives relief from certain symptoms to heal injuries, to help with specific health conditions and promote overall health and wellness. When deciding on a specific modality of massage, ask yourself if you are looking for more relaxation and stress control? A hot stone massage would be best. Or do you need relief from a specific problem area or help with a health condition? In this case a Deep Tissue would be a good choice. Massage therapy can help with depression and anxiety, alleviate back pain, increase joint flexibility, relieve migraines, alleviate arthritis, help chronic neck pain, increase range of motion, promote relaxation, reduce muscle tension and so much more. Massage Therapy should not replace your complete routine medical care, but it is an excellent additive that can help you feel both physically and mentally better.

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