What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy, commonly known as massage includes a group of practices and techniques to reduce the tension from the mind and the stress from the body. The therapy improves blood circulation and brings in relaxation. It involves a lot of manipulation of the muscles and soft tissues. japanese cam girls
Massage therapists use their hands, fingers and sometimes forearms, elbows or feet for more pressure. Some massages are soft and gentle while others are intense.
Massage therapy is in use for thousand of years. Ancient writings from China, Egypt, Japan, Rome and others show references to such therapy but it became popular in the US during 1800s.
There are around 80 varieties of massages. Some are very gentle like the Swedish and is used to increase blood circulation, release muscle tension and bring relaxation.
The deep tissue procedure and the trigger point procedure are less gentle and are very intense. They can sometimes be uncomfortable too. But in that case you should let the therapists know about your discomfort.
The best way to relax and pamper your body is through self-massage. You can massage your feet, hand or neck even while doing work.
People generally use massage to relieve the pain from the body. It also releases the muscles and improves blood circulation.
Who is a massage therapist?
A massage therapist is one who provides massage therapy to people. Massage therapy can be learned in massage therapy schools or training programs. There are about 1300 massage therapy schools and colleges in the US. Therapists need to pass the national certification exam in order to practice.
Massage therapists plays a very important role in treating patients. Massage has been used as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) to treat many specific diseases and ailments.
Some side effects of massage therapy
Massages generally do not have major side effects. But there are certain health issues that specially patients need to follow while going for a massage. People suffering from bleeding disorders, deep vein thrombosis, damaged blood vessels and fever are recommended not to go for massages. Cancer patients, pregnant women, people with heart problems are suggested to consult the doctor before going for a massage.
Massage therapies generally have minor side effects like swelling, bruising, temporary pain or discomfort or allergy and sensitivity.
People using massage as CAM should keep few things in mind. The cost factor, the number of sittings you need to go through besides checking the credentials of the therapists.