Massage Therapy has been around for a long time and is one of the oldest healing practices of humankind. Many cultures around the world have used their hands, herbs, oils and various substances to heal physical discomfort as well as promote health and well-being.
Experts estimate that 80 percent to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. Massage and bodywork help us remember what it means to relax. The physical changes massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life. Besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, massage lowers your blood pressure, increases circulation, improves recovery from injury, helps you to sleep better and can increase your concentration. It reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to handle stressful situations.
Massage is the soft tissue manipulation of the superficial and deeper layers of muscle utilizing various techniques that affect the nervous system and provides an overall sense of well-being.
A massage therapy session uses oil or lotion and will usually last for 60 or 90 minutes. Sometimes hot towels, special warming/cooling lotions are used to increase the benefits of the massage when working the deeper layers of the muscle. The client will dress down to their comfort level, lays on a massage table and is covered with a sheet allowing only that portion of the body that will be worked on to be uncovered.
Massage therapy is considered to be a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and is a very powerful healer when received on a regular basis. There are many different types of massage: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal, Geriatric, Oncology, Thai Massage, Shiatsu, Trigger Point, Injury, Reflexology, Lymphatic, Medical, just to name a few.