What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue and joints of the body. The soft tissues include muscle, skin, tendons and associated fascia, ligaments and joint capsules.
Massage has many diverse physiological effects, which are primarily due to the therapist's hands moving over the body.
The different movements can physically stretch muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia, encourage the circulation through the tissue, inhibit muscular spasms and be either sedating or stimulating to the nervous system.
The therapeutic use of massage by a registered massage therapist affects all the systems of the body - in particular, the muscular, circulatory, lymphatic (immune) and nervous systems. No wonder so many people find massage therapy so helpful in so many ways!
Benefits and Contraindications
Physical and mental benefits of massage:
- relaxes the whole body
- loosens tight muscles
- relieves tired and achie muscles
- increases flexibility and range of motion
- diminishes chronoc pain
- calms the nervous system
- lowers blood prressure
- enchances skin tone
- assists in recovery from injuries and illness
- strengthens the immune system
- reduces mental stress
- improves concentration
- promote restful sleep
When is not recomemended to have a massage
please do not book a massage if you have any of these
- contagious diseases, including any cold or flu
- under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- recent operations or acute injuries
- skin diseases
- pregnancy if less then 3 months
+ Local contraindications:
- varicose veins
- undiagnosed lumps or bumps
- undiagnosed pain
If you suffer from any of the following contraindications, massage can only take place once it has been approve by a doctor.
- cardio-vascular conditions (hypertension, heart conditions, thrombosis)
- high blood pressure
- nervous or psychotic conditions
- Bell's palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
Does a contraindication mean that a treatment can not be placed?
- Not always
In fact, massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However in the above cases and whenever you or your therapist unsure whether it is safe to proceed it is best to have advice from your doctor.