How does Massage work?
A massage therapist's hands are his most important tools through which he not only treats the client but also detects physical problems. The massage therapist palpates the client's body to determine the condition of the tissues and the likely source of any pain, and thus the correct form of remedial treatment
Massage works through various body systems in one of two ways, a mechanical action and a reflex action. The action of moving the muscles and soft tissues of the body using pressure and stretching movement cleanses the body of acids and deposits of toxins. This action breaks up fibrous tissue and loosens stiff joints. A reflex is created when treatment of one part of the body affects another part of the body, much like pressing a light switch in order to turn on a light in the room. Just like this electrical connection, so too are different parts of the body connected to each other not just by flesh and bone, but by nerve pathways, or flows of energy called "meridians". So by using reflex action, some therapists will treat a client's stomach complaint by massaging the arms, and will alleviate pain in the legs by massaging the lower back.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
- The benefits of massage are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
- Stretch and loosen muscles
- Strengthens the immune system
- Improve flow of oxygen to tissues
- Relieves muscle pain
- Reduces physical and mental stress
- Create a feeling of well-being with nurturing touch
- Creates a sense of awareness of one's own body
How often should I have Massage Therapy?
Frequency of visits depends upon the individual needs of the client.
Massage therapists do not diagnose, prescribe or treat for a specific condition. If you have a health problem, you should always consult with your physician before having a session with a massage therapist.