Therapeutic Massage

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Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage incorporates different types of advanced modalities aimed at enhancing the restorative functioning of the body. During the actual therapeutic massage session, light and firm touches are used interchangeably to help relax muscles, release stress, improve lymph and blood circulation and instill an element of calmness in the body. 

What is Therapeutic Massage?

 

Therapeutic massage incorporates different types of advanced modalities aimed at enhancing the restorative functioning of the body. During the actual therapeutic massage session, light and firm touches are used interchangeably to help relax muscles, release stress, improve lymph and blood circulation and instill an element of calmness in the body. 

Therapeutic massage is adopted as a collaborative and supportive addition to the conventional medical treatment involving injuries and illnesses, aiding soft tissue recovery, alleviating pain or stress and revitalizing the entire body. 

On top of that, therapeutic massage can provide relaxation, enhance the client’s health, reduce muscle tightness, balance the body, the mind or the spirit and bring relief from tensions and anxiety disorders.

 

What are the Techniques used in Therapeutic Massage?

Therapeutic massage entails different techniques as follows:

Deep Tissue Massage: Here, the work is done deep in the connective tissue and muscles. The process involves deep finger pressure and slow strokes to ease the contracted sections of the body and the surrounding tissue.

  1. Swedish Massage: This technique is common and it involves kneading, flowing and passive movement of joints. It promotes relaxation and release of tensions. Besides, it helps in the stimulation of nerve endings in connective tissues and within the skin, thus increasing lymph and blood circulation.
  2. Neuromuscular Massage: As the name suggests, this is an advanced form of massage that effectively treats injuries and chronic pain. Also, it improves postural and muscular imbalances.
  3. Reflexology: This is a unique therapeutic technique that uses pressure-point holds to stimulate reflex channels in the body. The entire massage session covers the feet, hands and ear pressure points in order to promote the overall well-being of an individual.
  4. Hot Stone Massage Therapy: The technique takes one and a half hours or 90 minutes, using a variety of small and large smooth heated stones. The concept of using heated stones is to melt away stress and tension, leading to deep relaxation.
  5. Reiki: This type of therapeutic massage uses a light touch to access the universal life energy. The process can speed healing, decrease pain and reduce symptoms.

     

    What is the Difference Between Therapeutic Massage and Relaxation Massage?

    The underlying difference between therapeutic massage and relaxation massage is the techniques used and the intention of each type of massage. For therapeutic massage, the main intention is to affect certain sections of the body. When it comes to relaxation massage, the intention is to cover almost all parts of the body. 

    Another difference between the two types of massage is communication. During the therapeutic massage, the client is an active participant. The client gives the therapist all the necessary feedback on sensation, pressure, and changes taking place within the body. On the other hand, the relaxation massage does not require the client to be active during the session. In fact, the client is allowed to take a nap while the session going on.

     

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    What are the Health Benefits of Therapeutic Massage?

    According to numerous research findings, therapeutic massage techniques can be helpful in the following conditions:

    • Anxiety, stress, and depression: Therapeutic massage may promote relaxation response, reduce symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety disorders in addition to enhancing the coping mechanisms among patients on cancer treatment.
    • Pain control: Can control pain in patients suffering from arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and headaches. Also, therapeutic massage can reduce labor pains during childbirth.
    • Chronic lung diseases: The use of therapeutic massage increases respiratory functions while decreasing anxiety among those suffering from chronic lung disease.
    • Digestive: adjunctive therapy can help in the treatment of chronic constipation.
    • Injuries: Therapeutic massage relieves repetitive strain injuries, athletic and workplace trauma.

     

    Final Thought

    Therapeutic massage, just like all other massage techniques, is the art and act of manipulating connective tissue and muscles. The techniques help in enhancing the general functionality of the body, healing process, reduce muscle reflex activity, increase circulation, inhibitory motor-neuron excitability and so on. Unlike relaxation massage, therapeutic massage allows the client to participate during the sessions. For more information about your well-being, reach out to our new wellness spa located in New Jersey.

     

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