What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues such as muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are many types of massage therapy methods or modalities and what a therapist will use depends on their specific training and the needs of the client.
There are many reasons people seek massage, either to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness.
Types of massage therapy
I use a variety of modalities but I have two main categories:
- Relaxation massage – also known as Swedish massage. You have the option of adding hydrotherapy to these sessions
- Treatment or rehabilitative massage – also known as deep tissue, therapeutic or clinical massage
Click on the links to get more information which will help you decide which type is best for you.
What conditions benefit from massage therapy?
Massage therapy is useful in treating any of the following:
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
- Stress relief and associated conditions
- Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
- Back pain
- Repetitive strain injury
- Circulatory and Respiratory problems
- Pregnancy and labour discomfort
- Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
- And many other conditions.
For best results, massage can be combined with other complementary therapies such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, psychiatric and nutritional counselling.
If you are currently under a doctor’s care for a specific health condition, it may be wise to check with your primary care physician before booking a massage. Some conditions contraindicate massage.