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The Many Uses of Massage Therapy
Thursday, 21 February 2008

In a world where work stress, the juggling of schedules, and financial worries plague society on a daily basis, we look to any and every option to give us respite from the chaos. Stress relief comes in many different forms; and what works for one, may not work for another. But, one form of stress relief that typically relieves symptoms for most every one is massage therapy.



Massage therapy uses touch to soothe – and often heal – the body. Using a combination of strokes that are dependent on the type of massage being performed, different areas of the body are tended to in an effort to release energy trapped through stress or illness. Massage results in increased blood flow, the reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression, and even increased function of body systems – lowering blood pressure, heart rate – and giving the client an overall sense of wellbeing.

The roots of massage therapy lie in ancient Chinese medicine; as a matter of fact, the first reference to therapeutic massage can be seen throughout Chinese medical reference books as far back as 2,700 B.C. The origins of massage were about healing; ancient civilizations used the art of massage to boost immunity and speed healing from disease, illness, and injury.

When people think of massage therapy in the modern world, they often think of the spas that offer a full line of different types of massage. And it is true that these types of massage can bring enormous positive effects to the body as a whole. But, in addition, modern medical facilities - like the ancient civilizations before us – continue to use massage in tandem with traditional medicine. They have found that frequent use of massage in intensive care units, nurseries, and even in labor and delivery rooms during childbirth, will allow the body to battle pain, sickness, and injury with positive energy.

That is not to say that the massage found in spas and delivered by independent massage therapists isn't just as beneficial. Today, we have the opportunity to choose from among a wide variety of massage techniques – each having its own distinctive benefits. Most often, in the spa environment – or working with massage therapists – clients will choose Swedish massage.

This type of massage uses a long, slow stroking technique to ease muscle tension; it is considered to be one of the most popular forms of massage. For athletes, or those who enjoy a stronger massager, deep tissue massage will reach the deepest muscles, releasing stress and helping to promote healing from injury or strain.

Hot stone massage uses heated river rocks to therapeutically sooth muscles. And for women who are expecting, the maternity massage can safely sooth muscles put under stress through pregnancy.

Massage therapy has many different uses in the modern world – stress relief, relaxation, a day of pampering, and a bevy of healing properties including improved circulation, decreased inflammation, and the promotion of speedier healing. A lifestyle that incorporates massage into every day living will be rewarded with improved physical – and emotional – health.

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