What is massage?
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. You don’t need any special preparation for massage. Before a massage therapy session starts, your massage therapist will have a consultation. To go over your medical history and what you’re hoping to get out of massage. Your massage therapist should explain the type of massage, techniques they will use, and the results of the treatment.
In a typical massage therapy session, you undress or wear loose-fitting clothing. Undress only to the point that you’re comfortable. You generally lie on a table to cover yourself with a sheet. You can also have a massage while sitting in a chair fully clothed. Your massage therapist performs an evaluation through touch to locate painful and to determine the desired pressure to apply. If a massage therapist is pushing too hard, ask for lighter pressure.
Massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
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.
Swedish Massage. This massage technique is great to relax the entire body. Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Trigger Point Massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.