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Massage – what is it?
Massage is defined as the systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for a curative effect. Soft tissues are made more pliable through massage to promote circulation and blood flow and bring about healing effects: physical and psychological changes for general wellbeing, which is PRICELESS !
What does it involve?
The system of massage treatment involves the Practitoner using their hands to apply pressure on your body. Massage Practitioners use various techniques to work on the body: stroking and gliding (effleurage), kneading the soft tissues (petrissage), or what is termed ‘percussion’ (tapotement).
What are the ‘real’ benefits?
Many people wait until they are already in pain or suffering spinal injuries before turning to massage, but why let it get that bad? It is a good idea to take regular massage as a preventative measure so that such injuries do not occur. Regular massage maintenance will increase your overall sense of wellbeing for optimum physical and mental health, helping you to achieve your goals.
Massage is used to treat a wide range of diseases, disorders, such as:
2. Muscular tension
3. Headaches and migraines
4. Work related stress
5. Repetitive strain injury
8. Eating disorders and digestive dysfunction
9. Pre-natal pregnancy conditions
12. Frozen shoulder
14. Sports and dancing injuries
Massage therapy is extremely beneficial to people leading busy lifestyles suffering from what is now commonly encountered work related stress. Massage will not only aid with mental relaxation but will work on physical symptoms of back and neck pain that comes from sitting for an extended period of time at a desk or from physical labour.
The importance of taking regular massage has heightened in recent times as more people recognise how beneficial it is as a way to counteract the effects of sitting in front of a computer screen daily. Corporations are beginning to realise these benefits for staff wellbeing and as a way to increase productivity. By offering mobile massage therapy as a part of employee benefits (see mobile massage) in the workplace it could go a long way to help reduce staff stress levels, which in turn will make for a more cooperative relaxed work environment, and then aid productivity. More obviously if employers spend on massage for their staff they might reduce the cost of lost labour through sick days. Work related stress is a serious problem in society leading to poor health, disease, and death. This situation might be helped if employers take the opportunity to enlist the services of a professional Massage Therapist who will educate about the benefits of relaxation and massage.
The power of healing in massage is the energy that flows through the therapist’s hands in touch to refresh, regenerate and revitalise.
Types of Massage – what type of massage is best for me?
There are several forms of massage on offer, and it can be confusing to know what will work best for a particular ailment or condition. Some massage concentrates more on relaxing the client whilst others will work more deeply at repairing damaged muscle tissue. It may be that you need to try several forms of massage to find what works best for you. You can find more information regarding specific types of massage on the Natural Therapies Pages directory.
What are the positive powers of massage, does it work ?
Some may consider massage a relaxing indulgence meant only for pampering, but today, modern medicine recognizes that it actually has physical, emotional and mental health benefits. When provided by a trained professional, this bodywork can have therapeutic effects all over the body for everyone from cancer patients and pregnant women to weekend athletes and those of us who just need to relax.
Here are some of the major ways massage helps rejuvenate and heal our bodies and minds:
Massage stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, to alleviate the soreness, aches and pains associated with everything from chronic conditions such as arthritis to general joint and muscle pain.
The rubbing and kneading motions of massage can increase blood flow throughout the body, with many benefits including reducing heart rate, lowering blood pressure and relaxing muscles.
Enhances the immune system
Some studies show that massage stimulates an increase in the number of cells in the body that help protect us against illness and disease.
Whether you're recovering from surgery or an injury, massage can reduce swelling, relieve muscle aches and stiffness, and improve range of motion to help you get back on your feet.
Not only does massage feel good, but it relaxes your body and your mind, fostering reduced anxiety and a general sense of well-being.
What's involved in having a massage on a professional table?
Option 1: Disrobe to your underwear, costume or naked, draped with quality towels during your treatment. Then, our own unique blend of organic aromatherapy essential oils are used to enhance states of relaxation or revitalisation as necessary on your body, plus nourish and moisturise your skin. Complimentary ointments maybe used for specific problem areas.
Option 2: You may choose a massage treatment, fully clothed. Non-invasive techniques are used, applying gentle, yet firm pressure to release tension in muscles and stimulate acupressure points. This will release your body's blocked energy and bring the muscles out of their contracted state.
Should I have regular massages?
Is it important for you to have some "me time"? Do you want to improve your immune system and have higher life expectancy? Would you like to enhance your lifestyle? Then, take control of your health & wellbeing with Regular Massage Treatments.
When you build massage into your health regime, the accumulative effects benefit you as a preventative medicine from disease. The full benefits of your massage are accumulated by weekly, fortnightly or monthly regular treatments to help maintain your body's natural homeostasis and counteract stressful lifestyles.
It is important and in your best interest to return for regular treatments for a healthier lifestyle. Massage should be a vital part of life, which gives you a breathing space in which to relax and re-orientate yourself.
How many treatment sessions do I need?
One treatment is no quick fix. You will notice a possible improvement, feeling of lightness, flexibility and revitalisation. When you're tense you subconsciously hold your body tightly. Rather than letting the problem accumulate, up to five-treatment sessions maybe needed. If no improvements, consult your Doctor. The Massage Practitioner's role is to help you self regulate the problem and possibly educate lifestyle changes.
Which massage therapy is best for me?
It depends on your individual needs. Discuss this with yourMassage Therapist. Massage Only recommends the Therapeutic Massage style. Simply, a Therapeutic Massage is to the human body what a tune-up is to a car. How long should my massage session be? Each session maybe tailored to your specific requirements. Massage Only recommends 90 or 120 minutes duration.
How does massage therapy benefit me?
Massage can be valuable as a therapy for all kinds of health problems when used in conjunction with mainstream medical therapies. It is especially useful for musculoskeletal pain and any problems related to stress and muscle tension, such as headaches, insomnia, anxiety and even chronic fatigue syndrome. By relieving stress, massage may even help your high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome. There is evidence that it also increases your body's production of pain-killing and mood-boosting endorphins.
Does massage therapy benefit everybody?
The positive power of massage benefits everybody. It has been proven over many thousands of years. A systematic and scientific mobilisation of soft tissues of your body. Breaking down & releasing muscular spasms & adhesions (knots)in your body. Reducing muscular pain caused by the accumulation of lactic acid & metabolic build up. Stimulating the lymphatic system to eliminate toxins & waste products from your body. Improving the blood circulation to promote healing by increasing oxygen & nutritional supply to the damaged body cells. It assists in restoring the normal functioning of your articular (joints/ligaments), circulatory, hormone, muscular, nerve, respiratory, skin, skeletal, digestive and lymphatic systems. This enables positive self-healing of your body, mind and spirit. It's a very effective part of you staying fit, healthy and enjoying life.
Should I have a massage to old injuries?
Even injuries that have occurred many years ago may be improved by stimulating your local blood supply and bringing the surrounding muscles out of their old pattern of contraction, this will increase your general range of movement.
How can I confirm my appointment?
Contact Mario D.R.M., Massage Practitioner on 0407 261 161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements. Confirm appointments directly via phone or email. Use your Visa, MasterCard or EFT. You may arrange other methods of payment.
Our Disclaimer: 'Massage Only' is a registered business, not liable and/or responsible for their client's condition, during and after treatment session, either directly or indirectly for damage or injury. It is your responsibility to consult with your Physician/Doctor, to ensure that your condition is suitable for massage therapy, prior to undertaking this treatment 'Massage Only' is registered and operates under the Consumer code of ethic. All material conveyed is strictly confidential.