Massage Therapy

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What Is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy means different things to different people; often having a variety of distinct health benefits among individuals.

The medical definition of massage therapy is the manipulation of soft body tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.

Today, there are many styles of massages to cater to an individuals independent needs and desires, with more than 80 styles having been developed in the past three decades.

Volcanic rocks on back during a hot stone massage

Where Did Massage Come From?

It has existed in many cultures around the word for a very long time, dating back thousands of years. There are references to massage in writings from ancient India, Japan, China, the Middle East, Egypt, Rome and Greece.

Hippocrates, an ancient Greek physician who lived in the Age of Pericles is considered one of the most outstanding figures in medicine’s history. During his time, he defined medicine as “the art of rubbing”.

Why Get A Massage?

Some people don’t need a reason to get a massage, they just love them! But massage does a lot more than just make you feel good. Here are just some of the health benefits of your massage.

Physical Benefits Of Massage Therapy

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Psychological Benefits Of Massage Therapy

  • Reduces stress
  • Increases relaxation and calmness
  • Reduces anxiety (a single session can reduce “state anxiety” whereas multiple sessions can reduce “trait anxiety”)
  • Relieves from symptoms of depression
  • Improves concentration and alertness
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Aids in general wellness and enhanced mood
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Different Types Of Massage

There are many different types of massage. Some of the most popular styles of massage are relaxation massage and deep tissue massage.

Relaxation massages were created not by Swedish therapists but funnily enough by a Swedish fencing master in the 1700’s. This particular style of massage is great for relaxing muscles and boosting your circulation, as well as stretching ligaments and stimulating your skin. As the name suggests, the point of the massage is to relax the body, both physically and mentally.

Deep tissue massages originate from Russia, having been used extensively there for over 100 years. The philosophy behind the massage is that the body can learn to heal, relax and repair itself when massaged. The style is deeply relaxing and realigns your body.

How Is It Done?

It can be done using many different techniques. The most common methods used by therapists include pressing and rubbing the skin with their hands, fingers, and forearms, but there are also other ways that they manipulate the muscles and other tissues of the body.

Massage therapists can work in a variety of settings, including day spas, hospitals, nursing homes, sport and fitness facilities and private offices. They can also work in a patient’s home or hotel room if they are a mobile massage service.

Usually the patient will lay on a massage table either in loose fitting clothing or undressed. If the patient is undressed, they will always be covered with sheets or towels, except for the area being massaged at the time.

The therapist will use generally either oil or a lotion to reduce friction on the skin throughout the massaging. Massages can last for varying amounts of time depending on what type of massage or package you choose.

Massage Therapy

The massage was amazing, Nick was extremely polite and wonderful technique.

Thanks and will definitely have it again.


Coolum Massage

5 out of 5
May, 2013

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Author Biography – Ali Saoirse –  BEc University Sydney, GradDipPsych Bond University, Diploma Remedial Massage, Certificate IV Massage, Level 7 Kahuna Massage, Qualifications in Pregnancy Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology from Gold Coast TAFE.

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