Massage therapy is the practical twisting of muscles, tendons, connective tissue, and ligaments (soft body tissues). During the process, one’s health and well-being are enhanced. Massage therapy serves many purposes, ranging from stress and anxiety reduction, muscle relaxation, injuries rehabilitation, pain reduction and just promoting overall health and wellness of a person. Massage also enhances the blood circulation and tonifies the body system
To meet the above requirements massage aims at manipulating the body tissues, tendons and ligaments. The hands are the tools used by the therapist in order for him or her to identify the patients physical and emotional needs. For a therapist to know the conditions of the tissues and the sources of pain, he or she strokes the massages the patient’s body with hisher hands. Massage uses two major working mechanisms. The mechanical action is the first one, and it occurs when there is the application of pressure and movement of the muscles and the soft tissues. During this process, the acids and deposits are eliminated, and as a result, fibrous tissues are broken, and stiff joints loosened.
Reflex method is the second mechanism, and it entails treating a part of the body and other parts of the body are treated in the process. When the pressures are applied on one part of the body, the pulses travel to some other parts of the body via the nerve pathways. This mechanism works in such a way that, a therapist can apply pressure on the patients back to treat leg problems. Therapeutic massage offers health benefits while relaxation massage has a happy ending tied to it.
There exists a lot of message types. Some examples are sport, pregnancy, reflexology, deep tissue and hot stone massages. Different people require different types of massage since their therapeutic needs vary. For one to identify the best message to go for, one needs to comprehend the different strokes applied in each.
The results of the gentle massage is the muscle relaxation and a sense of well-being. This is a result of stimulation of nerve endings in the skin. For the person to have the feel-good sensation, the nerves release the endorphins and inhibits the stress hormones. On the other hand, stronger massage concentrates more on the circulatory system. They improve the oxygen and nutrient supply to the tissues and relaxes them. In addition, strong massage stimulates the lymphatic system which carries away waste products which causes pain and muscle stiffness. All in all, massage therapy aims at enhancing the well-being of a person.