What is a Massage?
Massage is a term describing a variety of techniques using the hands to stimulate or soothe soft tissue of the body for therapeutic circulation and relaxation purposes.
How does a Massage work?
Massage works by kneading and stroking muscles to relax them and uses friction to stimulate soft tissue. These therapies are primarily for relaxation and to increase circulation.
What does a Massage feel like?
Massage and its effect vary with each individual. Although the patient will be comfortably covered with sheets and/or blankets the areas being treated will be exposed to the therapist when the area is being worked. Care is taken to ensure the patient is relaxed and comfortable at all times. A unique lubricating oil, gel or lotion is used to reduce friction during the circular stroking and compression of soft tissue.
Why is Massage used?
Massage is useful in many conditions in which body relaxation, the reduction of swelling and muscle mobilization is desired. Massage can also be helpful in overcoming the swelling and pooling of fluids in the arms and legs.
- Improves circulation
- Increases metabolism