Lying in a quiet, dim room that is lightly scented with essential oils to promote relaxation while a trained massage therapist works out the knots and kinks in your muscles sounds like a luxurious and indulgent experience. Something that should be a special treat every once in a while, not something you have on a regular basis. Many have held this belief for decades, but the ways in which a massage can help us in our everyday lives are beginning to come to the forefront.
There has been a shift in the way people think about massage and healthcare. And as more people begin to embrace a holistic approach to healthcare ― one that include traditional and modern medicines ― massage therapy is becoming more popular.
Massage Therapy — Not Just for Spas Anymore
Using long strokes and circular movements, Swedish massage is meant to relax and reenergize.
Deep Tissue Massage:
Using more forceful and targeted strokes, deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper muscle layers and connective tissues to help with muscle recovery.
Using techniques similar to Swedish massage, a sports massage is used to prevent or rehabilitate injuries.
Trigger Point Massage:
To ease muscles after an injury or overuse, trigger point massage works to ease tight muscle fibers.
Medical Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy — Mind and Body
- Pain (back, neck, post-operative, cancer-related, etc.)
- Immune system function
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Blood pressure
- Reducing chronic pain (headaches, backaches, fibromyalgia)
- Weight loss