Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is one of the oldest healing techniques, practiced for more 5000 years and it is well-known for its benefits. Massage therapy is a healing technique that involves handling of the soft tissues of the body. It involves calming, rubbing, stroking, and pressing different parts of our body.
Massage therapy helps people to overcome a number of health related issues such as nervous tension, restlessness, exhaustion, etc. Massage also minimizes stiffness in muscles and joints, increases the lymph flow and blood circulation and acts as a great tool for enhancing the elimination of waste or unnecessary elements.

Swedish massage
Swedish massage is the healing massage that is well known in Western world. This massage therapy was developed in early 1800's and today, it is on hand at spas and at several massage studios all over the world.

Swedish massage uses five movements to increase blood circulation and eliminate toxins from the body.

•  Effleurage

•  Petrissage

•  Tapotemen

•  Friction

•  Vibration

Effleurage is lengthy gliding strokes that may be soft or a bit hard, depending upon the purpose and the client. The therapy starts with effleurage and continues with other movements.

Petrissage is kneading or rubbing, designed to release toxins from the muscles.

Tapotement is tapping the muscles helps to release tension and cramping.

Friction is deep circular stokes that are performed at joints which releases knots from muscle to become more flexible.

Vibration is shaking of limbs and hands for few seconds, which is usually done at the end of the massage and this helps to lower the back pain.

Swedish massage is beneficial when it is undertaken at least once in a month. Remember to communicate clearly with your therapist before you start the treatment.

Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy massage is a massage therapy that uses intense plant oils, called essential oils that promote a well balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Aromatherapy Massage is one of the more popular types of massage at spas. This massage mainly works on the nervous system. The fragrance of essential oils can have many different effects on the body, mind and spirit. This massage cures Physical aches and changes your disturbed mind into relaxed one.

Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a massage therapy that uses water treated stones. Stones are placed at particular parts of the body (along both sides of the spine). Stones deliver efficient tissue and muscle massage at a pressure level that is comfortable to the client.

Hot stone massage has a lot of benefits than the other massages. Some of the benefits are easy relaxation of the muscles, release toxins from muscles, helps to relieve stress, helps to reduce body pain and improves body circulation. Overall health of a person is improved by improving blood circulation throughout the body.

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a style of massage that is designed to get into deeper layers of muscle using massage than just the surface muscles. A massage therapist uses elbows, fingers, and ceramic, wooden, or glass tools and uses a variety of techniques to deeply penetrate the muscles, relaxing them and liberate tension.

The strokes or movements used in Deep Tissue Massage are alike to those used in a Swedish massage except more pressure is used to get into deeper layers of muscles. Deep tissue massage relieves muscular tension, increase mobility in muscles, and relieves pain, increased blood flow in our body.

Thai Massage
Thai massage is an ancient healing technique that combines ayurveda and yoga. This massage uses main beliefs of yoga and therapeutic properties of ayurveda. Pressure is applied on specific (energy lines) parts of a body and stretching movements performed by the therapist with his/her hands, feet, knees and elbows. It is performed on the floor on the mat with the client comfortably dressed.

Thai Massage facilitates relaxation, increased blood flow in our body , relieves pain and muscle tension, refreshes and calms your body, mind and spirit .

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