Therapeutic massage is an age-old remedy and health practice. It
is found in all major civilizations past and present. From the
ancient Greek gymnasia and Roman baths to modern day spas and health
clubs, massage has been recognized for its health enhancing effects.
The healing systems of many cultures, including your own, use hands-on
therapy to soothe aches and pains and facilitate the body's own healing
infancy to old age, massage has been found to enhance general health and
well-being. Therapeutic massage has many applications and
variations. Because it is used for health promotion as well as for
its curative aspect, it can truthfully be said "if you have a body, you
can benefit from therapeutic massage."
Many of the therapeutic effects of massage recognized by personal and
clinical experience over the years have been supported by scientific
research. In addition to the commonly known benefits of
relaxation, improved circulation, and relief for muscle tension, new
applications for therapeutic massage are surfacing in areas related to
mental and emotional well-being, infant care, aging, and other special
situations. Exciting new discoveries link touch in general, the
therapeutic massage in particular, to improved immune system
Enhanced General Health.
Therapeutic massage can be an important component of your health
maintenance or wellness plan. It helps keep the body and mind
Conditions: Therapeutic massage can help relieve certain
common physical problems, and help bring the body back to optimal
and healthy skin
Improves circulation of
blood and lymph
Relaxes muscles and
improves joint mobility
Improves immune system
Improves energy flow
Support your Fitness or
Therapeutic massage can be
an important adjunct to a fitness or sports program, helping you achieve
your performance goals with minimum injury and pain.
tension and aches
Muscular back pain
Stress and anxiety
Combats the Negative
Effects of Aging: Therapeutic massage is effective in
combating the negative effects of aging noticed in the middle to late
years of life. It helps keep body tissues and basic functions in a
more youthful state.
Relieves tired and sore
Relaxes tight muscles
Speeds recovery from
strenuous physical exertion
Reduces the anxiety of
Relives the Effects of
Stress: Therapeutic massage helps balance the effects of
stress in our lives, and avoid stress related disease and dysfunction.
elasticity and joint flexibility
Improves blood and
Promotes healthy and
Improves immune system
Relieves muscle aches
Therapeutic massage can help in certain temporary or long-term
situations which cause unique physical and mental challenges.
Triggers the Relaxation
Relaxes tense muscles
Reduces anxiety level
Improves immune system
Restores a calm mind
and feeling of well-being
Compliments Other Health
Care: Therapeutic massage is frequently used to enhance the
beneficial effects of other types of health care.
For infants, especially
premature and other developmentally challenged babies
For the disabled,
especially those in wheelchairs and others with challenging
For the eldery
Care-givers - for
those who care for others, for example: mothers and fathers, teachers,
recreation leaders, daycare workers, nurses, and health care workers of
Physical workers -
for those who stress their bodies in their work or trade, for example:
construction workers, domestic and custodial personnel, truck drivers,
postal workers, plumbers, electricians, painters, professional athletes,
dancers, and musicians.
Desk workers - for
those whose work involves long hours sitting at a desk using a computer,
or talking on the telephone; or at a bench assembling part, fixing
things, or creating works of art.
Travelers - for
those spending long hours sitting in an automobile, train or airplane,
for example: commuters, sales people, business travelers, and
is Best for You?
There are several popular
approaches or styles of therapeutic massage. Each one has its own
unique character, focus, techniques, and theoretical base. Some
are more effectives for certain goals than others. How do you know
which one is best for you?
European massage is very versatile and forms the basis of many other
approaches. Swedish and Russian styles are most common and contain
the familiar long strokes, kneading, vibration, friction, and percussion
techniques. It can be applied effectively for general relaxation,
general health enhancement, sports massage, injury recovery and
rehabilitation, and many other purposes.
and bodywork forms of Asian origin include amma, acupressure, and
shiatsu. These Asian styles are generally focused on energy flow
according to the Chinese medical model. In acupressure and shiatsu
the characteristic technique is finger pressure on individual points.
The Ayurvedic medical model from India gives rise to other forms of body
therapy, which incorporate theories of yoga and chakra energy flow.
These are also used effectively for relaxation, general health
enhancement, and remedial work.
addition to the basic approaches described above, other forms of
therapeutic massage and body therapies are available. Most
experienced massage therapists use an eclectic approach and combine
different forms of therapeutic massage in their sessions. Ask your
massage therapist if the approach used is appropriate for your health