Massage is the manipulation of muscles and connective tissue. Massage is used to improve function, and help in the healing process, as well as promote relaxation and well-being.
There are more than 250 variations of massage. Techniques include stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction and pressure. It may involve manipulation and movement to affect the actual structure of the body.
Benefits of Massage
One of the best benefits of massage is the reduction of stress and we definitely need that reduction in the fastpaced world we live in today.
In addition to stress relief, massage is a routine part of many physical rehabilitation programs. Massage can help people heal from surgeries and other medical procedures more quickly.
Massage has also been proven to be helpful for a wide variety of chronic illnesses and problems. For instance, massage can help with:
- Low back pain
- High blood pressure
- Stress reduction
- Tension headaches
- Range of motion
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Musculo-skeletal disorders
- Ease medication dependence
- Tissue regeneration