Improving health with massage
Massage has been used for thousands of years as treatment for specific ailments, injuries, insomnia, structural problems, congested energy and many other conditions.
Scientific studies have shown that massage can effectively reduce the intensity and duration of pain caused by conditions ranging from sports injuries to chronic back pain to migraine headaches. Additionally, in many cases massage can be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to pain medications.
Preventing injury and disease
Massage therapy is also good as a preventative, ongoing part of your healthy lifestyle. Having regular massages helps you better manage stress, feel great and be more in touch with your body. It can help prevent some injuries and allow you to heal faster.
Everyone can benefit from massage—including you!
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What happens during a massage
Depending on the massage type and technique, your massage therapist may use manual pressure, body positioning, motion, vibration and sometimes heat or cold to improve a person's physical and mental well-being. Often it involves applying pressure to muscles using the hands, forearms and elbows.
In some cases, massage treats your entire body. In other cases it focuses on a specific part of the body, such as the feet, or on a specific system, such as the lymphatic system.
Making sure you are comfortable
Whether you receive massage seated in a special massage chair or lying down on a massage table, and whether you are fully clothed, partially clothed or fully unclothed depends on your preference and comfort and the style of massage.
The most important thing is that you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible, so make sure you ask for anything you need to make it so!
Read the answers to frequently asked questions about massage.