What is Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy, often referred to as bodywork or somatic therapy, refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that includes applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using primarily the hands, although massage therapists do use other areas of the body, such as the forearms, elbows or feet. All of the techniques are used for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. In fact, massage therapy positively influences the overall health and well-being of the client.
How Can Massage Be Medically Beneficial?
Massage therapy helps you relax, re-align and rejuvenate. There are many positive aspects to receiving massage therapy on an ongoing basis, and with the busy lives we lead, we can all benefit from a little stress-management. The experienced, professional therapist at Baratta Chiropractic will provide exceptional care and will design an effective customized massage treatment to address your individual needs.
More Americans are turning to therapeutic massage treatment to provide relaxation, relieve tension associated with the daily stresses of their busy lives, or simply to help maintain good health and achieve a balanced lifestyle.
There are so many healthy benefits to receiving massage therapy on a regular basis:
- Relieves Stress
- Calms Nervous System
- Encourages Relaxation
- Improves Posture
- Improves Circulation
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Helps Manage Pain
- Enhances skin tone
- Relaxes Muscles
- Improves Concentration
- Increases Flexibility and Range of Motion
- Relieves Tension-Related Headaches
- Strengthens The Immune System
- Enhances Post-Operative Rehabilitation
- Improves Rehabilitation After Injury
- Manage Fibromyalgia Pain Naturally
- Recent scientific research also proves that massage therapy increases immune function, decreases stress levels and reduces recovery time in many medical conditions including:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Asthma and Bronchitis
- Circulatory Problems
- Sports Injuries
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
- Musculo-Skeletal Disorders
- Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Generally regarded as the most common form of massage, Swedish massage involves a combination of five basic strokes and concentrates on the muscles and connective tissues of the body for improved circulation, relaxation, pain relief, and overall health maintenance and well-being.
Deep-tissue massage utilizes slow strokes, direct pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles with the fingers, thumbs or elbows. Deep-tissue massage works deeply into the muscles and connective tissue to release chronic aches and pains; its purpose is to reach the fascia beneath the surface muscles.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
Myofascial release deals with the fascia, or connective tissue, of the body. The fascia is interconnected to every other part of the body, and actually helps to support the body's very structure, including the musculoskeletal system. When injury, inflammation, or physical or emotional trauma occurs, the fascia can become tight and cause pain and/or restricted range of motion. Myfascial release -- as its name suggests -- aims to release the fascia and return it to a state of normalcy by applying gentle pressure to the restricted areas. MFR can help with a number of conditions, including chronic pain, headaches, and stress-related illnesses.
Sports massage therapies are both preventative and therapeutic, and used for athletes during warm ups, training and competition to treat and/or aid in the prevention of injuries; help improve flexibility, range of motion, and performance; and aid in mental clarity.
Lomi Lomi literally translated means "rub." It is a form of Hawaiian bodywork that developed out of the Hawaiian philosophy of Huna; that is, a belief in harmony and balance in all areas of physical and emotional health. Practioners work intuitively with clients using their hands, elbows, and forearms to apply long, gliding strokes, rhythmic movements, and pressure. This technique is very nurturing; practitioners acknowledge that love and a pure heart is important to the process.
Hot Stone Massage
Stones of all shapes and sizes and varying temperatures, ranging from zero to 140 degrees, are used during hot stone massage to elicit physical healing, mental relaxation, and a spiritual connection to earth energy. Warm stones encourage the exchange of blood and lymph and provide soothing heat for deep-tissue work. Cold stones aid with inflammation, moving blood out of the area, and balancing male/female energies. Stones are placed in varying positions on the body for energy balancing or may be used by the therapist for specific trigger-point work. The alternating heat and cold of thermotherapy brings the entire body into the healing process, with a rapid exchange of blood and oxygen and alternating rise and fall of respiration rate as the body seeks homeostasis. Hot stone therapy requires less effort from the practitioner's own body and delivers healing warmth to the hands, benefitting the therapist, as well as the client.
Raindrop Technique Originated by D. Gary Young, raindrop technique is a noninvasive tool for helping to correct defects in the curvature of the spine caused by viruses and bacteria that lie dormant there. Antimicrobial essential oils are used to reduce inflammation by killing the viral agents, thus bringing the body into structural and electrical alignment. The oils (primarily thyme, oregano, birch, cypress, peppermint, and basil) are dispensed like little drops of rain from a height of about six inches above the back and massaged along the vertebrae. The oils used in this forty-five-minute treatment continue to work for the next five to seven days.
What to expect before a massage
1. Drink plenty of water in the 24 hours preceding the massage. This will enhance your body's ability to relax and flush toxins that are stored in your tissues.
2. Refrain from eating a heavy meal just before your session.
3. Arrive at least ten minutes before your session to check-in so that you do not feel rushed.
4. Wear comfortable clothing that you would not mind getting into after lotions and oils have been applied to the skin.
What to expect during the massage
1. Take Deep Breaths. Cleansing both physically and mentally, deep breaths are one of the fastest ways to relax and get the most out of your massage.
2. Communicate with your therapist. Massage is a very subjective experience. Some clients enjoy certain aspects of massage that others do not. By communicating your likes and dislikes, your therapist can more effectively tailor a massage to your needs and create an outstanding healing experience.
3. Feel at Ease. The massage room is a safe and confidential environment in which you should feel entirely comfortable. So feel free to laugh or cry and relax.
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