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Health: Massage Therapy

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Emma Schauder

on 9 January 2013

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Lawton, Sandra Augustyn. “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Information for Teens: Health Tips about Non-traditional and Non-western Medical Practices including Information about Acupuncture, Chiropractic Medicine, Dietary and Herbal Supplements, Hypnosis, Massage Therapy, Prayer and Spirituality, Reflexology, Yoga, and More”. First ed. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics, 2007. Print.
“Massage Therapists: Occupational Outlook Handbook”, 2006-2007 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S Department of Labor, December 2005.
"Massage Therapy Information, Find a Massage Therapist, Careers In Massage, Massage Schools, Massage State Regulations, Bodywork Glossary, and More Available." Massage Therapy Information, Find a Massage Therapist, Careers In Massage, Massage Schools, Massage State Regulations, Bodywork Glossary, and More Available. Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, n.d. Web. 08 Jan. 2013. WORKS CONSULTED THE
Health & Wellness
Block: 4 Emma Schauder Massage Therapy (n):
The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation and removing waste products from the muscles THEN
Chinese records dating back 3,000 years
Ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms for many ailments
400 b.c. Greek physician Hippocrates documented the medical benefits of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems
Accepted in many physical rehabilitation programs as part of the recovery process
Becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units
Being used as a means of treating painful ailments, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating sports injuries, and promoting general health History of Massage Therapy more than 250 variations
many practitioners utilize multiple techniques
Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, acupressure, sports massage, and neuro-muscular massage
Swedish massage is often a baseline for practitioners MASSAGE STYLES Bodywork:
various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or repatterning to affect structural changes to the body Somatic:
meaning “of the body”used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective Adaptability:
special styles for elderly clients, pregnant women, children, athletes, etc
special approaches for clients with injuries vs. clients seeking relaxation some practitioners use exaggerated strokes ranging the length of a body part, while other use quick, percussion-like strokes with a cupped or closed hand
may include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body
as your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension MASSAGE TECHNIQUES stroking kneading tapping compression vibration rocking friction pressure BENEFITS
THERAPY beneficial for chronic conditions:
low back pain
high blood pressure
immunity suppression
smoking cessation
etc helps relieve stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness
provides freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity releases toxins from soft tissues and waste from the body which increases energy, heightens awareness, & creates greater productivity helps by:
increasing joint flexibility
improving sense of perspective and clarity
reducing mental and physical fatigue
improving posture known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, & create an overall sense of well-being assists with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers, shortens maternity hospital stays, & preterm infants have improved weight gain eases medication dependence
&enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system helps athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts because it improves the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin promotes tissue regeneration, reduces scar tissue and stretch marks by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improves circulation, & burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety *remember an estimated 90% of disease is stress-related* promotes faster healing of injured muscular tissue
reduces spasms and cramping by relaxing and softening injured, tired, and overused muscles reduces blood pressure, therefore, high blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones releases endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller to relieve migraines, pains, etc What should you expect? warm, peaceful, quiet room
soft music
dim-lit setting with candles/incense
table designed for your comfort
undress to your level of comfort (ou will be properly draped during the entire session)
use of oils, lotions, and powders to reduce friction on the skin
60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation
close your eyes and completely relax
communicate if/when you need more or less pressure, another blanket, or feel any discomfort
recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage
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