Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health. It involves working and acting on the body with pressure done manually or with mechanical aids. Massage treatment is also used to treat many other connective tissue or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage therapy can also be applied with fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, or feet.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy. There are many types and methods of massage that have different effects and are used for various symptoms like pain relief, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, and many more.
Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700′s and the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology. Today’s Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat their clients.
Looking forward to a weekly or monthly massage often helps our clients relax by knowing that relief is on the way. Even clients who have little time for extracurricular activities put a regular appointment on their schedules to make time for a massage. The benefits are far reaching in enhancing self awareness, concentration, and self esteem.