A Brief History of Massage
Massage is considered to be among the oldest of all treatments used by man. Chinese records dating back 3,000 years documented its use. The ancient Hindus, Persians, and Egyptians used forms of massage for some ailments, and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, massage is an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs and has proven beneficial to many chronic conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, and bursitis. Massage helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living.
Can Massage and Bodywork Benefit Me?
Massage provides relief to people from all walks of life - the weekend or competitive athlete, the home gardener, and the overstressed executive struggling to keep pace in today’s economy. Secretaries, laborers, waitresses - anyone can feel a need for massage at some point in time. The older population, as well, will benefit from massage, as it enhances flexibility and circulation. The bedridden can also be helped in this regard. There are some conditions where massage is not recommended, however, our practitioner should ask for information regarding any specific health conditions from which you may be suffering in order to determine if massage or bodywork is contraindicated.. In some cases, the practitioner may need your doctor’s permission before providing services.
Taking Care of Yourself
Care of your body should be at the top of your priority list.. You will feel and look better if you take the necessary steps regarding health and nutrition in this age of increased longevity. Stress relief alone can improve your vitality and state of mind. Massage and body work could plan an important role in your life.
Massage for Pain and Emotional Problems
With many chronic ailments, massage can relieve the pain and help heal. As with physical problems, emotional problems may also be stimulated into self-healing with massage. In many cases, this helps eliminate the need to take harmful chemical drugs, which will unnecessarily burden the liver, kidneys, and other vital organs..
Your massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health and your health and wellness goals.
The massage therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels, medications and any areas of physical pain that could affect your massage therapy outcome.
This information will help the massage therapist structure the session to achieve your health and wellness goals.
Before your massage, you’ll be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort.
The therapist will leave the room while you undress and remove any jewelry or other articles that might interfere with the massage. Take off only as much as you are comfortable removing.
Lie on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet or towel, which will cover your body except for the part being massaged.
Chair massages, which often are offered in public spaces and workplaces, are an exception. A specially-designed massage chair lets you lean forward and supports the front of the body. You remain clothed and no oil or lotion is used. Seated massages typically last from 10 to 30 minutes.
Music might be played during your massage session. If you find music distracting, tell your massage therapist. The same goes for talking during your session.
Your massage therapists should check on pressure and comfort throughout your appointment. If you're uncomfortable at any time, tell your massage therapist.
The massage table is padded, and may have extra attachments or cushions, such as a face cradle, which allows you to lie facedown without turning your head or neck.
Massage therapists often use oil or lotion, which reduces drag on the skin during massage. If you're allergic to oils or lotions, tell your massage therapist beforehand.
If you're receiving a hot stone massage, make sure you're comfortable with the temperature of the stones.
Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body (except private areas) or only specific areas that need attention, such as especially tight muscles.
Remember to breathe normally.
Table massage usually lasts beween 30 and 90 minutes.
After your massage, the massage therapist will allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy. Usually your massage therapist will offer you water after you’re dressed.
Depending on the environment, tips are appreciated to recognize outstanding service, but not required.
The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so work with your massage therapist to develop a custom plan to meet your health and wellness goals.
Article off of American Massage Therapy Association Website.