Therapeutic massage is defined as the manipulation of the soft tissues to bring about generalized improvements in health.
These improvements include relief of muscular pain and tension, enhanced range of motion, bettered sleep, and reduced stress.
WHAT IS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE?
Massage has been around for thousands of years and has played an important role in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. European massage was promoted by Per Henrik Ling in the early nineteenth century for its ability to promote healing by improving the circulation of the blood and lymph, and in the past twenty to thirty years many complementary therapies have been developed to further improve the physical benefits of massage treatments.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A MASSAGE?
Massage treatment follows a case history, which is usually relatively short compared with other complementary therapies. During a standard massage, practitioners will also gather palpatory information, which helps tailor treatment to individual needs. For example, a practitioner will devote extra time to massaging an area of increased muscle tension.
Patients are unclothed and draped with a top sheet and blanket on a massage table that incorporates soft but firm padding and a face rest in order to allow for correct spinal alignment during treatment. The treatment room is kept warm and quiet with soft music for relaxation.