What is Therapeutic Massage Therapy?

May 14, 2010 in Massage Therapy, Wellness by admin

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

So what is therapeutic massage? It is manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm and stress. Massage therapy is shown to improve functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems. It also may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness.

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

There are many types of massage therapy including Swedish massage, sports massage, structural functional movement integration, connective tissue massage and the eastern massages, eg Japanese shiatsu, anma hoshino Chinese anmo and tuina Thai massage and ayurvedic massage.

Massage can be classified by technique or by effect, eg for comfort or relaxation for kinisthetic awareness, etc. Multiple benefical effects of massage therapy have been documented including improved mood state affect and decreased anxiety.