The art of Massage has been practiced for thousands of years. There are now around 80 different massage therapy's to choose from, offering a wide variety of pressures, movements, and techniques.
All of these techniques involve pressing, rubbing, or manipulating muscles and other soft tissues with hands and fingers. Sometimes, even forearms, elbows, or feet are used.
Hippocrates stated that in order to practice medicine, you must learn the art of massage, and in this now modern world, this is still applicable.
Massage is an effective skill that can bring about the following physiological and emotional benefits.
Effects of Massage
· Achieve a relaxing effect
· Give a feeling of well being
· Produce a stimulation, uplifting effect
· Increase energy
· Reduce mental stress
· Promote a cared for feeling
· Promote contentment and satisfaction
· Increase awareness of posture/improve posture
· Releases tension by relaxing ‘knots’
· Soothes aches and pains in the joints
· Increases mobility by releasing stiff joints
· Reduces blood pressure by lowering stress
· Reduces anxiety and depression by lifting the spirits with the power of nurturing touch
· Gives a more positive body image, by making you feel your body deserves care
· Can act as a reward for weight loss
· Releases endorphins
· Reduces swelling (by moving the lymph around the body), this moving of lymph is why clients may need to urinate straight after a massage