Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:

· Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.

· Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.

· Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it's geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.

Benefits of Massage

Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.

While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

1. Relaxes the body

2. Reduces anxiety

3. Reduces mental stress

4. Calms the nervous system

5. Decreases lower back pain

6. Promotes quality sleep

7. Lowers blood pressure

8. Ease symptoms of depression

9. Improves productivity

10. Reduces heart rate

11. Induces mental relaxation

12. Slows respiration

13. Stretches connective tissue

14. Reduces Chronic Pain

15. Improves balance

16. Relieves tired and aching muscles

17. Improves muscle tone

18. Relieves cramped muscles

19. Speeds recovery from injury

20. Reduces tension headaches

21. Increases blood and lymphatic circulation

22. Speeds elimination of metabolic waste

23. Increases range of motion

24. Improves posture

25. Improves skin tone



Your massage therapist will use a series of strokes, sometimes combined with gentle movements and stretches to help ease pain and relieve tension. You will likely experience a number of different styles modalities and techniques such as the relaxation/swedish massage and the deep tissue massage.


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