What is Massage Therapy?
Massage is a therapy which aims to relax, heal and revive the body.
There are many different forms of massage, and each has its own wide range of benefits. It can be used for relaxation, healing, for sports recovery or pain relief. In all types of massage, the intention is to relax the muscles and stimulate the delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas to heal. The skin and muscles are kneaded, rolled and pressed by hand to release tension.
In a typical massage therapy session, the practitioner will discuss your symptoms, take a medical history and talk through the desired results you are hoping for. Generally an oil or powder is used on the skin to reduce friction during the massage, and your practitioner will discuss the use of these with you. Sometimes other aids are used, such as heat, ice or fragrances.
How can it help?
Massage can be used as a general relaxant to increase wellbeing, and it can also bring relief from many everyday ailments such as aches, pains, stress and anxiety. It can also help in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries and sports injuries.