What is a Therapeutic Massage
A therapeutic massage involves the application of the hands or elbows with the intention of solving a physical problem, such as back pain. Therapeutic Massage can be stimulating or soothing depending on the technique, depth and speed. Therapeutic Massage Therapy is both safe and effective and helps to create balance and harmony from within.
Today, given the high levels of stress under which many people live, Therapeutic Massage Therapy is not only a highly beneficial therapy, but also one of the healthiest options to improving one’s quality of life.
Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
Most massage techniques are designed to promote pain relief, stress reduction, and improved movement in daily living. Therapeutic massage has been shown to improve joint flexibility, relieve lower-back pain, and stimulate the release of endorphins. It can also be used to treat and prevent the following conditions:
- Health maintenance and/or health promotion: Promotes general tissue health and encourages lifestyle and general health awareness
- Stress management: Helps relieve associated muscular tension and encourages general relaxation
- Post-operative care: Helps reduce recovery period and reduces pain and stiffness associated with bed-rest
- Chronic pain: Helps break the “pain spasm” cycle whilst reducing associated muscle tightness
How often should you visit a massage therapist?
For individuals without a particular problem, visiting a licensed massage therapist once a month is appropriate. For those with a condition such as back pain, it may be appropriate to work with a massage therapist three-to-six times within a short period of time.
Regular massage helps the body rid itself of metabolic wastes and toxins that accumulate during our routine daily life. It can also provide an emotional benefit due to the one-on-one attention provided by the therapist.
If you enjoy massage but have always considered it a luxury, it’s time to rethink that. Consider a regular massage session as a very pleasant method for maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle.