Benefits of Massage Therapy

Benefits Gained from Using a Massage Therapist

Most would agree that getting a massage is a luxury, though now, it can be considered an added benefit in a clinical setting.

Not just for Pampering yourself

Of course, people enjoy pampering themselves with a massage every now and again but looking at the added benefits in getting a massage can be life changing for some. Whether you need a massage therapist for health issues, such as a debilitating disease, tension headaches, arthritis, or even carpal tunnel syndrome, getting a massage that targets those specific areas, benefit your daily life and well-being. Massage therapy has been proven to relieve pain, reduce blood pressure, and even reduce anxiety and/or depression. Some theories suggest that massage therapy activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which may stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin. Massages can prevent fibrosis or scar tissue, increase the flow of lymph and even improve sleep!

According to a 2007 American Massage Therapy Association survey, almost a quarter of all adult Americans had at least one massage in the previous year. More and more people are recognizing the health benefits of getting a massage. They choose from many massage styles to get relief from pain or to heal old or present injuries, to help with certain health conditions or disease, and to promote overall health and well-being.

Locating a Massage Therapist in my area

Massage therapy can be done by health care professionals, such as physical therapists, occupational therapists and of course certified massage therapists, it is best to find out what your needs are and narrow your search to that particular category. Keeping in mind, most states regulate massage therapists through licensing, registration or certification requirements. Look for businesses who specialize in massage therapy, clinics, hospitals and even some airports can offer some massage services.

Finding the Massage style to fit my needs

Massage Therapy has been practiced for thousands of years. If you need or want a massage, you would have about 80 or more massage styles to choose from. They range from pressure, movement and technique. Before you decide which style best fits your need, ask yourself if you are getting a massage to relieve stress or anxiety or are you getting a massage to elevate pain or health problems? A masseuse can work with your problem areas and determine what style will benefit you best.

The top four most popular massages include; Swedish Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Sports Massage.

The most popular is a Swedish Massage. It involves a soft, long and keading strokes as well as rythmic, tapping strokes tailored to the top most portion of the muscles. This massage can be rejuvenating, energizing and even relax you. It may have the ability to help you with an old or current injury.

Neuromuscular Therapy Massage maniupulates the soft tissue and aims to treat underlying chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. It targets trigger points, circulation, nerve compression, and biochemical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.

In a Deep Tissue Massage, the therapist will give slow, deliberate pressure that focuses on layers of muscles and tendons under your skin. It can relieve constant tension and help muscle injuries.

Sports Massage, much like a deep tissue massage, focuses on the muscle system. Massage in this style is used for a particular sport before, during and after training or sport events. Massage of this style can also promote flexibility or help prevent injuries.

Risks associated with massage therapy

Well, like anything in life, there are risks, but in this case, they are very rare. Generally speaking, massages are safe as long as they are done by a trained professional or trained massage therapist. After a massage, one might feel a little sore the next day, which is very normal. Massages aren’t supposed to be painful or uncomfortable. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during a massage.

Very rarely massages can cause internal bleeding, nerve damage, temporary paralysis and maybe even allergic reactions to the oils and lotions used by the masseuse.