Massage has been used for thousands of years to provide relaxation or to treat various ailments with the oldest medical reference going back almost 4,000 years.
Only a few decades ago, people mainly focused on Relaxation Massage that was available through a private masseuse or at various health clubs and luxury spas.
However, as the use of massage gained in popularity, research and studies were conducted to determine if the practice had health benefits as was being claimed by many. The positive findings have produced various massage techniques used for various reasons.
Benefits of Massage
There are dozens of types of massage techniques that are used exclusively or combined for therapeutic and wellness purposes as well as relaxation.
- Asian Massage
- Ayurvedic Massage
- Chair Massage
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Cupping Therapy
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Full Body Massage
- Geriatric Massage
- Hot Stone Massage
- Myofascial Release
- Naturopathic Manipulative Therapy
- Prenatal Massage
- Relaxation Massage
- Shiatsu Massage
- Sports Massage
- Swedish Massage
- Thai Massage
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Therapeutic Massage
- Wellness Massage
Therapeutic Massage is used to treat specific health problems such as sports injuries, joint pain and more. Wellness massage focuses on preventative health and overall well-being.
Massage therapy is now used in hospitals and clinics, businesses, airports and other places outside of traditional spas and clubs. A massage therapist will use certain techniques to treat a wide range of ailments such as anxiety, stress, headaches, muscle pain, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and sleep disorders.
Massage therapy is also used in more serious cases such as to lessen the symptoms and side effects in cancer patients and to stimulate the immune system in patients suffering from HIV.
Wellness Massage is used to improve or alleviate a variety of physical and mental functions.
Massage Techniques used in this capacity help:
- Benefit the nervous system
- Promote concentration
- Reduce mental stress
- Increase flexibility and blood flow
- Lower the heart rate
- Improve circulation
- Enhance skin tone
- and more
Full Body Massage
Full body massage is one of the most popular techniques used for relaxation, overall wellness and massage therapy.
During a full body massage, the massage therapist or other licensed professional massages the full extent of the body, both back and front. Particular attention is given to neck, shoulder, arm, hand, leg, foot and back massage. A chest massage is also included for men.
A full body massage will normally last from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the masseuse schedule and individual requests.
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