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Massage Therapy Presentation

An overview of Massage Therapy.

Megan McIsaac

on 29 April 2011

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Transcript of Massage Therapy Presentation

Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body. Types of Massage: Lymphatic Massage: Light rythmic strokes increase the flow of lymph fluid. This causes the colourless fluid to help fight disease and infection. Swedish Massage: Is a type of massage that moves blood around. The strokes are to flow in the direction that the blood flows to the heart. Once they warm up the muscle they are able to massage deeper into the muscle tissue. There are over 160 types of massage therapy! Hot stone massage:Combines basic strokes of swedish massage with the accent of hot stones involved. Shiatsu: Literally translates to "Finger Pressure". This is a form of Japanese Massage Therapy. This form of Oriental massage uses the same points as acupuncture to promote healing. Putting pressure on these points stimulates nerve endings and unblocks the body's ki/chi or life force.
Deep Tissue: is a commonly asked for massage in spa and clinical settings. It is used to address pain in a specific area and is commonly used on athletes.This type of massage is called deep tissue for a reason, this being that the tissue is deeply penetrated causing the muscle to loosen, but it is often painful. Massage Therapy can treat babies as well, mothers who massage their babies have found that their children sleep deeper and longer than the inftants who do not recieve these treatments. Premature babies have been shown to gain weight faster and easier. Infants receiving massages have more of a regular digestion, are less gassy and colicky. If the infant is blind they have been shown to be aware of their bodies and gain organized motor skills. These massage treatments have began to be used in hospitals around the U.S. Why should people avoid massages? People with conditions such as heart failure, blood clots in the legs, kidney failure and open wounds or contagious skin conditions should not participate in massage therapy. Cancer patients also should not have a treatment after having chemotherapy or radiation therapy.The after-effects can be very serious. Preparations before and after the massage.

It is good to have Epsom salt around for after the massage, it is good to take a twenty minute bath with these salts for hydrotherapy. These magnesium salts sooth the muscles and nerves by draining the lactic acids out of the body. This bath will help to enhance the benefits of the masssage. Eating 90 minutes before the massage is also not suggested, if the therapist does work on the stomach area it may interferre with the digestion process. Drawbacks for Massage Therapy Time -> Since massages can take up to 60-90 minutes most people are too busy to take this time out of their day.

Expense -> They can cost up to $120 and hour.

Intimacy -> Some do not feel comfotable wearing limited amounts of clothes and some may find it as a invasion of space

Accidental Injury -> The massage therapist can move the muscle the wrong way causing their patient pain.

Unintentional side effects -> Dehydration, oily skin, some minor pain, fatigue, dizziness, Benefits Of Massage Therapy:
Relax tight muscles
Reduce pain
Increase Flexibility
Treat certain conditions
Improves posture
Improve circulation
Easing tension and discomfort
Conditions Massage can treat: ADHD
Anxiety Disorders
Eating Disorders
Drug Addiction
Frozen Shoulder
High Blood Pressure Infertility
Charlie Horse
Chronic Pain
Parkinsons Disease
Sleep Disorders
Spina Bifida
Sports Injury
Tendonitis Massage Therapy can treat animals too!
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