Therapeutic massage is the manipulation of the muscles and tissues of the body to alleviate muscle tension, stress, pain, and discomfort. More and more people are turning to massage therapy to relieve pain, as opposed to taking lots of oral medications.
As more studies link stress to health-related illnesses, managing stress and tension becomes more important in our daily lives. Having stress relief massage is a great way to unwind and relax.
There are many different types of massage therapy that include therapeutic techniques of releasing muscle tensions. Palpation and massage is only one way.
Massage therapists in private practice often see clients who are experiencing these pain issues and most are familiar with massage techniques which target specific problems.
Massage spas or salon services often include Swedish, Hot Stone, Body Scrubs and other pampering type treatments. However, more advanced types of massage therapy to treat pain syndromes, are often found in a clinic, hospital or private practice office.
At your treatment, you will be asked to complete a very thorough intake form listing current and past health issues.
You will also have some consultation time with the therapist to discuss your medical history, areas of your body that have pain, and what will happen during the session.
Relaxation techniques are part of many massage sessions, but these health issues may be addressed in the massage session using advanced massage techniques that are designed to help some of these problems specifically.
The practitioner may encourage seeing the client frequently for the first few weeks or months, then gradually seeing the client less frequently as the pain issues improve.
This TherapeuticMassage DVD teaches many different routines of massage, as well as how to incorporates different techniques into each massage session. It includes detailed contraindications for massage, how to choose an oil or lotion, draping for modesty, and self care for the therapist.
It also provides details of each technique, with common mistakes that often can be avoided to allow deeper relaxation and stress relief.
The therapist might encourage half hour massages several times a week, or weekly hour-long massages for a few weeks. Whatever the therapist recommends, following their advice.
The benefits of therapeutic massage can help in healing the mind and body, in more ways than you know.