Around the world, massage therapy is gaining momentum. The time-tested healing technique has stepped out of luxury spas and salons into clinics, hospitals, airports, and health clubs. Massage involves more than just applying pressure to specific parts of your body to ease stress. It involves a thorough knowledge of the human body to relieve deep-seated health disorders that manifest as aches and pains. Massage relaxes muscles, boosts blood circulation and eases tendons and connective tissue. There are many kinds of massages to boost health in various ways. Some of the more common ones are below:
● Sports Massage: Ideal for athletes and sports people, this massage helps in preventing injuries by increasing flexibility and treating injuries from worn out muscles.
● Deep Tissue Massage: This technique involves deep, slow strokes using more force to release tension in the deeper layers of connective tissue. A deep tissue massage helps in muscle recovery from injuries.
● Trigger Point Massage: Releases tension in tight muscle fibres usually formed after overuse from an active lifestyle involving sports, dance, etc.
● Swedish Massage: This is a gentler massage technique involving long, slow, circular strokes, kneading muscles to relax and rejuvenate from deep within.
Alternative Therapy to Traditional Medical Care
Massage works best as an alternative therapy supporting other forms of medical treatments. Here is a list of health disorders that can be dissipated through massage under certified experts:
● Relieves anxiety and depression
● Improves joint mobility
● Boosts blood circulation
● Improves lymphatic drainage
● Reduces digestive disorders such as acid reflux or constipation
● Treats fibromyalgia
● Reduces headaches from stress, sinus, and migraines
● Aids in sleep disorders
● Treats myofascial pain syndrome
● Eases connective tissue strains or muscle injuries
● Reduces aches, pains, and pulls from sports activities
● Helps temporomandibular joint pain
There are several forms of massage therapy available for simple relaxation from a hectic lifestyle as well. Massage offers comfort for all ages, from infants to adults and ailing seniors, without any adverse effects. It is not meant to replace medical care but complement it to speed recovery. Having said that, massage is not recommended if you suffer from any of the following:
● Bleeding disorders
● Raw burns, open wounds or injuries that have not completely healed
● Deep vein thrombosis
● Fractures, bone disorders
● Severe osteoporosis
● Severe thrombocytopenia
Consult an Expert for Massage Therapy
Deeper, stronger massages can leave you feeling a bit sore that fades away over the next day or two, but ordinarily your massage should not leave you in any pain. If you are in the hands of an amateur, excessive pressure can leave you in discomfort. A professional Registered Massage Therapist in a reputed centre checks your health history, discusses any symptoms of ill health or allergies with you, explains the technique that works best, and only then proceeds with the therapy after gaining consent.
You can opt to have your massage lying down or sitting up, depending on your health condition and the kind of massage advised for you. Your therapist may use oil or lotion to minimize friction. It can last anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes. Request for less pressure if the therapist presses down too hard or if you experience pain. The entire session should leave you feeling relaxed, de-stressed, and calmer. You can also learn the art of massage to help heal yourself or others if you are interested.
Vancouver College of Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy is a regulated healthcare career in BC that can be performed by only Registered Massage Therapists (RMT). To pursue the profession, learn more about various techniques or book an appointment in our state-of-the-art clinics that are equipped with 15 massage therapy rooms, just call us. Our highly qualified professionals and students are happy to discuss more with you.