Considered as an alternative approach to treat body aches and muscle tension, massage therapy has become increasingly in demand and is offered in clinics, hospitals and airports as a therapy to other health conditions, such as stress reliever, among the major benefits. Massage therapy comes in these common types: Swedish massage, which applies gentle strokes, circular movements of fingers, vibration and tapping, all of these is to help the body to relax; deep massage, which uses a slower but forceful stroke to the deep layers of muscle and connective tissues, basically to help with muscle damage incurred from injuries; sports massage, which uses a similar technique of Swedish massage but more focused in preventive or treatment of injuries that usually occur in sports; trigger point massage, which is applied to tight muscle fibers that are a result of overuse or after an injury has occurred.
Major benefits, such as increase circulation, relieve tension, reduce stress, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, and promote relaxation have been seen as the positive effects of having hands-on massage therapy. It has also been found that massage therapy can be applied to treat some specific health conditions such as: digestive disorders, fibromyalgia (a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas), headaches, insomnia, myofascial pain (pain caused by muscular irritation), soft tissue strains or injuries, sports injuries, temporomandibular joint pain (pain and dysfunction of the muscles of mastication, which are the muscles that move the jaw and the temporomandibular joints, which are the joints which connect the mandible to the skull. Aside from these lists of benefits, massage therapy produces the feeling of comfort, care and connection on people and such positive vibes make people to frequent spas and health clubs or clinics where massage is available.
When you go through a massage therapy, the usual procedure requires the message therapist to interview you on what is your present health condition, your medical history, what you expect after the therapy, and he/she will also orient you on the type of massage that will be applied according to your conditions, as well as the kind of technique that will be used. Most massage session has these following requirements: massage time will be for an hour, customer must either undress or wear loose-fitting clothing, lotion or oil is applied on the body, the choice lies on the customer’s preference, customer has to lie on a comfortable table with a covered sheet. It is vital to ask for recommendation as to which clinic, spa, or health club should you go for your massage therapy, one that is recognized and hires and trains licensed massage therapists and will accept health insurance coverage.