Therapeutic Massage: Alleviate Muscle Spasms More Effectively
In my many life experiences, my first massage was not all it could have been. Having had more massages than my first one, I realize, it actually is great. I was the subject of 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 it. 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.
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 goes deeper into a person's current and past medical complaints. These are performed in a clinic, hospital or private office, and there is a lot more paperwork involved than there is with a spa massage. The masseuse will ask many questions and interviews involved. This is not your massage as only luxury. It is one that will help relieve problems. It may be 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. I couldn't believe it. She looks great and is crediting that to her massage therapy.
As a mother of three dancing girls, 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. Therapeutic massage sure beats some of the other options, shots of hormones and antibiotics!
by: Blake Wilson