Massage therapy is an ancient tradition that stretches over almost every culture.
It has so many healing properties, both for the body and the mind.
Here are some of the top reasons why your body will love a massage.
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In addition, there are countless benefits that massage therapy can have on your mental health, which include:
There also appears to be very few risks associated with using massage therapy for healing.
The techniques used benefit the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic and nervous systems, as well as other bodily functions and of course mental health as well.
If you’re new to massage, its fundamental medium is touch. How that touch is applied varies of course from country to country and from therapist to therapist.
In Australia we are rather conventional – we say this because there are corners of the globe where meat cleavers, live pythons, slugs and cloth that is set on fire on your body all form part of the practice of massage therapy.
In Australia we dispense with the meat cleavers, the wildlife and the pyromania. Phew!
In Australia, massage therapists typically use their hands, fingers and forearms, but there are also other ways that the muscles and other body tissues can be manipulated.
Massages are – typically – full-body massages.
During the hour or two of your massage treatment your Ripple therapist will massage your whole body but can, of course, focus on any area in particular that you feel needs attention. The neck and shoulders being the most requested areas of focus given how many ‘hold their stress’ there.
During a massage, you will lay on a massage table either in loose clothing or undressed.
However, towels will always cover the areas not being massaged.
To reduce friction on the skin, oils or lotions are used so the therapists hands can easily glide over your body and deliver a relaxing and effective treatment.
Massage therapy is one of the oldest health care practices in the history of our planet. Over the millennia massage has taken many forms and more than eighty different styles of massage have developed in the last thirty years alone.
Swedish massage was not invented by a Swedish fencing master called Per Henrick Ling.
Not wanting his fencing performance to be affected, he began to study anatomical and physiological principles in order to develop a systematic method of massage that could help relieve his rheumatism. The rest as they so often say – is history.
Swedish massage is based on five key strokes and is great for soothing muscles and boosting circulation. It also stretches ligaments and stimulates the skin. As its name implies, the purpose of this massage is to relax the body, both physically and mentally.
Deep tissue massage on the other hand originates from Russia where it has been in use for over a century.
This style uses very slow strokes and firm pressure to make contact with deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue around your muscles).
The philosophy behind deep tissue massage is that the body can learn to relax, heal and repair itself when massaged. This method is ideal when used to address issues such as chronic aches and pain and is very effective to relieve problems with stiff necks and upper backs, lower back pain, muscle tightness in the legs and painful shoulders.
There are more tips here on how to choose the perfect massage therapy style for you.
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Hi Ali, this email is long overdue. Just wanted to let you know how much we loved our massages from Ripple while we were in Melbourne.
Your therapist (Anita?) was very professional and obviously knew her stuff.
Thanks for guiding us towards the Russian massage … both of us felt fantastic afterwards and it really loosened up my shoulders.
5 out of 5
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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.