Establish Healthy Habits, Get Regular Massage!

Massage has been practiced for thousands of years. Today, if you want a massage, there are 80 massage therapy styles to choose from, with a wide variety of pressures, movements and techniques. Massage is no longer available only through luxury spas and upscale health clubs, but offered by businesses, clinics, hospitals and even shopping malls. Many individuals are currently enjoying and exploring the many health benefits of massage therapy.

Certified massage therapists study and practice Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Stretching Techniques, Spinal Alignment, Reflexology, Thai Massage, Reiki, Pre and Post Pregnancy Massage, Aroma Therapy and Hot Stone Massage. There are numerous health rewards in having massage therapies and treatments. Trained therapists can assist in relieving pain and improving body function.

“Massage therapy lowers blood pressure, promotes deeper breathing and increases blood flow to allow for greater range of motion in the areas of restriction,” said Kennon Wesley Mason, a massage therapist who is nationally certified with the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. “It also helps to release toxins from the muscles and Lymphatic System and this allows the body to function more efficiently.”

“Most of my clients utilize my service for pain relief and to improve function,” said Patty Adamik, a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist. “More people are using massage therapy for specific health conditions rather than just relaxation.”

The health benefits of massage go far beyond simply feeling good. In a high-stress society, massage can be the best remedy. It can also help to reconnect the mind and body while creating an overall sense of well-being. Massage therapy can also be highly beneficial with conditions such as pregnancy.

“In several studies, pregnancy massage is shown to reduce cortisol levels; this stress hormone is linked to prematurity, low birth weight and depression in pregnant women,” said Sherrie Tennessee, a massage therapist and owner of a Sherrie Tennessee Consulting, a spa development company.

The types of clients massage therapists are treating range from the tired mom to the stressed out executive to athletes. However, most therapists see people with work-related conditions as well as working to counteract the effects of aging.

“The average clients I’ve worked with have office or desk jobs where they’re sitting for hours on end, which can cause stress on the neck or tension headaches from staring at a computer monitor on a daily basis,” said Mason.

“Mostly I work with clients who are starting to see the effects of aging and want to stay functional and pain free so that they can do what they love and enjoy. Many of my clients are women who want to maintain a youthful, flexible body with natural good posture. They are interested in taking care of themselves and make massage therapy a regular part of their routine,” said Adamik.

Most of the therapists agree that massage therapy should be an ongoing process and not a one-time event. Most people will receive the most of its health benefits when they make massage a part of their regular routine and lifestyle.

“Massage needs to be ongoing; an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In receiving massage on a regular basis, clients will reduce stress levels, which cause so many other diseases,” said Tennessee.

“Massage can also be used to complement other therapies such as chiropractic, physical therapy or acupuncture,” said Adamik.

To get the most from massage therapy, do some research and find a therapist that is a good fit for you. There are many specialties such as elder massage, sports massage and pregnancy massage. Ask questions and find out which one is best for you. Plus, be equally open with your potential therapist about your health conditions. “The more information you provide a massage therapist regarding your lifestyle and activities, the easier it will be for the therapist to tailor treatments to your specific conditions,” said Adamik.

1 Response...

Anonymous says:
August 25, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Most requested masasge does vary by region. Kellydran1 listed myofascial release trigger point as popular in her area. Folks in my region hate both so I rarely ever use it. If you want to get a job instead of working for yourself, there are two good options for employment, spas or medical clinics like chiropractors and acupuncturists.Relaxing Swedish masasge with hot stones is very popular in spas. Medical masasge such as neuromuscular and myoskeletal alignment techniques are perfect for medical clinics. You can go to work right out of school doing Swedish. You will probably need additional training after school to learn the medical work, unless you find a school that specializes in it.Most schools aren't in the business of helping you learn masasge. They take your money to prepare you for the licensing exams but not much more.I've included some links to articles that discuss the most popular types of masasge. Good luck in your search!
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