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What is massage?

Humans through history have done massage. It has developed continuously in China for over 5000 years, and has been popular in the United States since the mid-1800s. You don’t need to be an athlete or in pain to enjoy a good massage. A massage therapist works and acts on the body with pressure by rubbing, kneading, or tapping with the hand, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, feet, or a device, so it is a well known treatment for relaxation or therapeutic purposes.

Benefits of massage

You may choose relaxation or want to treat such long-standing aches, pains, and tightness as stiff neck, low back, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. As a result, massage renews energy and vitality by realigning the deeper layers of muscles and tissues.

A single session can relieve pain due to muscle or skeletal injuries, although lower back pain may be only temporarily improved. Furthermore, a single session may also temporarily reduce blood pressure and heart rate. More than one session may reduce mild depression, pain, and a person’s tendency to anxiety.

Finally, you should not have massage if you suffer from deep vein thrombosis (DVT), bleeding disorders, or are taking blood thinners, have damaged blood vessels or weakened bones from cancer, osteoporosis or fractures, bruising, or fever.

What choices do I have?

Lymphatic Massage

It helps the flow of lymph throughout your body.

  • Nodes in the neck, chest, underarm, groin, and abdomen produce lymph,  a clear fluid.
  • A healthy flow of lymph supports your immune system, fighting off toxins for viruses and infection.
  • The lymphatic system has 500–600 nodes that work with your spleen, tonsils, thymus, and adenoids, as a filter system for dangerous toxins and disease-related bacteria.
  • Above all, your lymphatic system’s health is very important to your body’s ability to heal.

Massage Therapy

It can help you physically and mentally.

  • Relax your whole body.
  • Loosen tight, tired, and aching muscles.
  • Increase your flexibility and range of motion.
  • Diminish long-standing pain.
  • Calm your nerves.
  • Deep tissue massage relaxes tired muscles, improves blood flow, and reduces stress.

For more information

Massage in Wikipedia

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