Massage as a form of healing has been used for long across the world, and in various forms of medication. Massage is the practice of applying pressure to the soft tissues of the body, such as muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Massage can be applied to parts of the body or to the whole body, to heal injury, relieve stress, manage pain, and relieve tension. In Massage therapy, massage is used for its therapeutic benefits, either for a short duration, or for a longer course.
A Massage Therapist would assess his patients by conducting a range of motion and muscle testing and propose treatment plans; treats soft tissue and joints of the body through soft tissue manipulation, hydrotherapy, remedial exercise programs and client self help programs; provides courses of treatment for medical conditions and injuries or wellness maintenance; maintains records of treatments given; and may work with other healthcare professionals as part of a team that facilitates an environment that promotes health and overall wellness. A level of trust and understanding between the therapist and the patient is always beneficial due to the intimate body contact required.
There are more than 150 types of massage developed over the years and by various practitioners, like Breema massage, chair massage, Panchakarma, Chine Tui Na and Zhi Ya massage, deep tissue massage, foot or sole massage, MA-URI massage, and a lot more. Patients get not only relief but long term benefits by massage. Unlike other forms of alternative medicine, Massage therapy is universally accepted for its therapeutic benefits.
In this section of webdirectory, you can find links to directories of therapists, resources for pregnancy massage, Shiastu and Ayurvedic massage, and other forms of bodywork.