Therapeutic Massage: Alleviate Aches More Effectively
Anyone who has had a luxury massage is a lucky person
. I, personally, was the tester person for a lady who was learning. I worked at a health club and she needed volunteers. I, as the low person on the totem pole, was elected to be the subject of a massage. I had no idea what a therapeutic massage involved. Well, this was no therapeutic massage. I had to put up with the noise of two rowdy little boys while their mother practiced on me! I opted for the clothes-on option! Yes, there is a no-clothes option which involves the subject being nude, but covered by towels and blankets. It is all very civilized.
The more I learn about massage in general, the more differences I find between regular spa and therapeutic massage. A day massage (with a professional rather than an intern) is just to feel good, relaxed, even peaceful. In my learning, I have realized that there are so many massages available, so many techniques, even a pregnancy massage! If only I had known. It is all a very civilized affair.
Massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue. This is done to enhance function and promote relaxation and well-being. This became popular in the US in the 1800's and grew in popularity until the 1930's and 40's. The development of modern medicine discounted the benefits of therapeutic massage. It made a re-appearance in the 1960's and 1970's when nurses began to use it to alleviate pain in patients. In the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta massage was deemed a core medical service.
A therapeutic massage deals with a person's current and past complaints. It is performed in a clinic, hospital or private office, and there is much paperwork and many interviews involved. This sort of massage is very relaxing and deals with frequent, sometimes debilitating, pain. This is not your only massage as a luxury. It is one that will help relieve problems. It is performed up to 3 times a week, which is very frequent for massage.
It is unbelievable the number of complaints that can be treated with therapeutic massage. It treats fibromyalgia, aches and pains, cancer, pediatric issues such as autism and Down syndrome. It treats sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, TMJ and posture problems as well as weight issues. To me, this is amazing and fabulous.
Before seeking massage, it is helpful to consult your doctor. He/she can refer you to a massage therapist. Acupuncture (a form of massage) can be sought as a treatment for eczema. My sister in Australia, has had many, many issues when she first moved there with her husband. She now has a little daughter, her eczema has cleared up, even the scars on her face have diminished. She couldn't believe it. She looks great and is crediting that to her massage therapy.
As a mother of three girls who love to dance, I hope their muscles and bones hold up to the impact it may have on their bodies. I know that therapeutic massage will help keep them in condition to dance. This is far more favorable than some of the other options such as shots of hormones and antibiotics!
by: Hector Espinoza
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