Massage Therapy, a combination of science and art, provides a relaxing experience by artistic hand strokes on the body to rejuvenate the mind and body and eliminate stress scientifically. The concept of massage is evident throughout history. The origin of the term ‘massage’ can be traced to four sources:
Greek: masso/massein, meaning to touch or to handle, also meaning to knead or to squeeze
Latin: massa, lifted from Greek masso and means the same
Arabic: mass’h or mass, means to press softly
Sanskrit: makeh, also means to press softly.
Benefit of Massage Therapy:
Massage therapy and bodywork increases blood circulation thus enabling the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
A therapist can render massage that stimulates the lymph system, the body’s natural defense, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer!
Helps in releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller. For egs: Acupuncture therapy, a massage technique, can stimulate the body to produce endorphins, which reduce pain. Studies have also found that acupuncture treatment could release other pain-relieving substances called opiods.
Benefit of Massage Therapy:
• Is being incorporated into treatment for chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
Can relax tense and tightened muscles. Massage therapist often render massage to treat low-back pain and neck pain.
Reduces overall stress. It helps the body's stress response by lowering levels of stress hormones such as cortisol.
Massage therapy could also treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
Physical Benefit of Massage Therapy:
Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
Reduces muscle spasms
Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
Enhances athletic performance; Treats injuries caused during sport or work
Reduces blood pressure
Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
Strengthens the immune system
Treats musculoskeletal problems
Rehabilitation post operative
Rehabilitation after injury
Emotional Benefit of Massage Therapy:
Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch
Fosters a feeling of well-being
Reduces levels of anxiety
Creates body awareness
Increases awareness of mind-body connection