Therapeutic massage is the manipulation of muscle and connective tissue to enhance the function of those tissues and promote relaxation and well being. Therapeutic massage can ease tension and reduce pain. Massage can be a part of physical therapy or practiced on its own. It can also be highly effective for reducing the symptoms of arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other disorders of the muscles and/or nervous system.
Swedish massage is the most predominant example of traditional European massage and it is the most commonly used method in the United States . It was developed by Per Henrik Ling in Sweden in the 1830s and uses a system of long gliding strokes, kneading, and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of muscles. It usually goes in the direction of blood flow toward the heart because there is an emphasis on stimulating the circulation of the blood through the soft tissues of the body.
Swedish can be a relatively vigorous form of massage, sometimes with a great deal of joint movement included. Swedish massage can relax muscles, improve circulation without increasing heart load, increase range of motion, help the recipient obtain a feeling of connectedness, a better awareness of their body and the way they use and position it, relieve pain and discomfort associated with muscle tension, fractures, sprains, sciatica, and stiff joints, shorten recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes, stretch the ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple, stimulates the skin and nervous system while at the same time relaxing the nerves themselves, help reduce emotional and physical stress. It is often recommended as part of a regular program for stress management, and be used in clinical settings as medical or remedial therapy.
Oil is usually used, first warmed in the therapist’s hands, which facilitates the stroking and kneading of the body, thereby stimulating metabolism and circulation. Its active and passive movements of the joints promote general relaxation, improve circulation and range of motion, and relieve muscle tension. Swedish massage is often given as a complete, full body technique where all the major muscle groups are covered, though sometimes only a part of the body is worked on.
Swedish massage is not recommended for anyone who is experiencing fever, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, jaundice, varicose veins, bleeding, acute phlebitis, or thrombosis. In the case of high blood pressure or heart problems, avoid massage to the abdomen. Anyone with fractures or bruises should not receive massage on areas of injury. Pregnant women should check with their doctors first.
Emotional support and nurturing touch, relaxation and decreased insomnia, stress relief on weight-bearing joints, such as ankles, lower back and pelvis, neck and back pain relief caused by muscle imbalance and weakness, assistance in maintaining proper posture, preparing the muscles used during childbirth, reduced swelling in hands and feet, lessened sciatic pain, fewer calf cramps, headache and sinus congestion relief.
The following are circumstances in which massage should not be performed: heavy discharge (watery or bloody), diabetes, contagious illness, fever, vomiting, unusual pain, pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure, morning sickness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, any malignant condition.
In addition to these areas, one other precaution needs to be mentioned: Direct and sustained pressure should not be applied to the area between the ankle bone and heel. This area is considered by many massage therapists and reflexologists to relate with the uterus and vagina, and it is thought that heavy pressure to this area could promote early labor. Assuming there are no other precautions or considerations, it should be all right to massage the rest of the feet.
Pregnancy massage can be done in different ways. Pregnant women may lie on their sides to be massaged, and they can actually lie on their bellies, since a specifically designed pillow has made it possible for expectant moms, no matter how far along they are, to lie flat on their stomachs. It accomplishes this with a deep center cutout in the pillow, so that bellies are accommodated and moms-to-be are relaxed and comfortable. After the first 22 weeks of pregnancy, lying flat on your back can cause pressure on deep blood vessels, due to the growing baby, thereby reducing circulation to you and your baby. To avoid this problem, pillows can be used to ensure that you are lying down and looking at the wall rather than the ceiling. Body pillows are especially effective for the side-lying position. Because of the tremendous physical and hormonal changes that occur in the expectant mother, massage during the first trimester is not recommended. The second and third trimesters are the recommended times to begin prenatal massage. Massage can be performed anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour, depending on how much time you have and how much discomfort you are experiencing.
Canadian Massage was originally created by Therese Pfrimmer in the 1940’s. She worked on a cross-muscle fiber principle and called her work Deep Muscle Therapy. In the past 50 years, this therapy has changed the lives of literally thousands. It’s one of the fastest growing techniques used today. Her discovery, which led to the reversal of her own paralysis, consists of an extremely detailed, total body cross-fiber treatment which causes corrective changes in the muscle on a cellular level. Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy® works for the correction and prevention of serious muscle conditions such as ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, brain injury and stroke. It has also been effective in alleviating sports injuries, trauma, occupational stresses, arthritis, fibrositis, backache, neck tension, chronic fatigue syndrome, constipation and circulatory problems, to name a few. Combined with traditional treatments of these conditions, it offers an added edge that can speed recovery or promote maximum improvement where traditional treatments leave off.
Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy® is a highly refined system of corrective treatment designed to aid in the restoration of damaged muscles and soft tissue in the entire body. Using a specific series of well designed movements applied to the muscles, a fully trained Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapist concentrates on all layers of muscle that have become depleted of their normal blood and lymphatic flow. This specific therapy helps to restore the circulation with its natural healing properties to the cellular level.
Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy® establishes a foundation for corrective massage upon which other trouble-shooting techniques may be added. It has been proven valuable in prevention as well as correction of many serious muscle conditions. Because of its positive benefits to all of the body’s soft tissue, it may be described as the most comprehensive form of corrective body work available today. Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy® is the “healing touch.”
Medical Massage is sometimes defined as medically necessary massage, which is usually prescribed by a physician. Medical massage is generally practiced in relation to a specific goal focused on improving health of patients.
Medical massage is helpful to individuals who suffer from an assortment of health conditions, including repetitive motion injuries, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, muscle spasms, neuromuscular conditions, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, chronic headaches, whiplash, rotator cuff injuries, and soft-tissue injuries as well.
Additionally, medical massage increases blood supply to skeletal muscles and other body components. Furthermore, medical massage is also evidenced to stimulate the nervous system as well. Overall, medical massage is a noninvasive therapy that produces beneficial health results to those experiencing numerous health-related illnesses and injuries.
Abdominal Acupressure/Massage is the manipulation of the abdomen. In Taoist practice, each organ has specific characteristics energetically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually according to its designated element. The five elements are fire, earth, metal, water, and wood, and are known as the five phases of cyclical energetic movement in both nature and ourselves. Therefore when five elements are in harmony, the body, mind, and spirit are in balance. Our navel, or hara, holds our vital organs together through the fascia. Therefore manipulations in the abdomen detoxify, refine, and strengthen our vital system which creates balance and harmonious flow of blood and qi. The abdominal area, with the internal organs and their internal structure, holds the secrets of a person: things we hide from ourselves. The navel, also, relates to energetically inherited emotions, trauma, stressful life experiences and this is why the acupressure or massage can be very sensitive and emotional. Abdominal Massage can help diminish old adhesions from invasive treatments to the pelvic and abdominal area, including fibroid tumors, endometriosis, and cesarean delivery. In addition, it can improve the blood flow to the pelvic organs and improve uterine lining, help with painful menstruation, aid in digestion, as well as help urinary and bladder problems
Hot Stone Massage Therapy is a concept that has seemed to come into popularity within the last 5-10 years. Even within the last four years, it has become the rage at Spas and Therapeutic Centers all over the world. Contrary to popular belief, Hot Stone Therapy was NOT first discovered in the desert of Arizona or by massage therapists’ visions of saints.
This is an age old therapy dating back 5000 years to India and most certainly even the Mayan culture. Ayurveda, the ancient healing tradition of India , spoke of a universal source of all life. The energy called “prana” is the energy, or the breath of life which moves through all forms to give them life. Yogis work with this energy with breathing techniques, meditation, physical exercise and massage to produce altered states of consciousness, healing and longevity. They would not only use their hands for manipulation and healing but also utilize “tools” the earth would provide such as herbs, flowers, crystals and stones.
Stone Massage Therapy came from the healers using rocks from the river beds and warming them either in hot coals or hot water. By placing the hot stones on cloth on the body and arranging them along the energy centers of the body, a healing process would occur. The hot stones have a tendency to relax the muscles and “draw out” muscle pain and discomfort.
As in Reflexology, the entire body can be seen “reflected” in the feet. Hot stone Therapy works with tiny River Rocks between the toes to de-stress and stimulate the nerve endings in the feet. At the end, the healer would massage the feet and body with the stones and scented oil. Cool stones could then be placed on the pulse points for revitalizing and rejuvenating. Stone Therapy was utilized by many cultures across Europe and within the Mezo-American and Native American tribes as well.
Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.
Sports massage has many benefits. In addition to FEELING GOOD, sports massage reduces the heart rate and blood pressure , increases blood circulation and lymph flow, reduces muscle tension, improves flexibility, and relieves pain. Each sport and athletic event uses muscle groups in a different way.
Sports Massage can also include pre-event, post-event and maintenance techniques that promote greater athletic endurance and performance, lessen chances of injury and reduce recovery time.
Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It is an art and science which seeks to explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual realm of the individual’s response to aromatic extracts as well as to observe and enhance the individual’s innate healing process. As a holistic medicine, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active treatment during acute and chronic stages of illness or disease.
It is a natural, non-invasive treatment system designed to affect the whole person not just the symptom or disease and to assist the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils.
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is one of the methods of stretching most used by today’s athletes, massage therapists, personal/athletic trainers, and professionals. Active Isolated Stretching allows the body to repair itself and also to prepare for daily activity. The Active Isolated Stretching technique involves the method of holding each stretch for only two seconds. This method of stretching is also known to work with the body’s natural physiological makeup to improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle joints and fascia.
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