Submitted by: Samantha Kay

You have heard friends and coworkers talking about massage therapy and how wonderful it is. They get relax and unwind while having their bodies massaged and pampered. Spas are turning up everywhere, even in shopping malls where you can stop and have a 15 minute neck treatment. You have stopped and watched people get their back, shoulder and neck rubbed, but never thought it would be of any benefit. Just another way to spend money!

Think again. Massage therapy is used to help treat painful ailments, decompress tired and overworked muscles, reduce stress, rehabilitate sports injuries, and to promote general good health. This is all done by manipulating a person’s soft tissues. This improves the body’s circulation and removes harmful waste products from the muscles.

Massage therapy is practiced by thoroughly trained individuals who provide specialized care with their client s health in mind. A massage can be given to help someone relax or to help rejuvenate them. Its main purpose is to help the person by reducing stress and possibly increasing their energy level.


Your massage therapist should talk to you about why you are there.

This helps them learn something about you and your concerns. Whether you are just unbelievably stressed, have sore muscles from exercise, or achy shoulders and neck muscles from sitting at a computer all day, the person giving the massage should know about this. They can better serve you and provide you with a specialized session that will meet your specific needs.

There are more than 80 different types of massage some of them include the Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, acupressure, sports massage, and neuromuscular massage. A massage can be as long as two hours or as short as five or ten minutes. The type of massage given depends on the client s needs and physical condition.

Massage therapists work by appointment. Before beginning a massage therapy session, therapists conduct an informal interview with the client to find out about the person s medical history and desired results from the massage. This gives therapists a chance to discuss which techniques could be beneficial to the client and which could be harmful.

Because massage therapists tend to specialize in only a few areas of massage, customers will often be referred or seek a therapist with a certain type of massage in mind. Based on the person’s goals, ailments, medical history, and stress, or pain-related problem areas, a massage therapist will conclude whether a massage would be harmful, and if not, move forward with the session while concentrating on any areas of particular discomfort to the client. While giving the massage, therapists alter their approach or concentrate on a particular area as necessary.

Massage therapy involves the use of oils, lotions, or creams to massage and rub into the muscles. A reputable location will require customers to be covered in a sheet or blanket, and to be undressed or to wear loose-fitting clothing. The only part of the body exposed is the location currently being massaging.

Whatever type of massage therapy you choose, it should help you relax and become refreshed. Think about making this a part of your regular health routine-schedule one a month, relax and enjoy the pampering.

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