Massage therapy has shown some amazing results off late, thanks to the research made in this field. A summary of studies on massage therapy, conducted by several different universities, revealed following benefits:
- Massage therapy helps relieve postural stress.
- Massage is good for sleep and it works equally well on infants.
- Massage is the best ploy against common psychological problems, such as depression, anger, mania and anxiety.
- Massage therapy improves immunity and performance of digestive system. Patients with HIV have shown amazingly good results.
- Massage therapy is the best treatment for diseases like arthritis, foot bursitis, plantar fasciitis etc.
These are just a few benefits that have motivated patients around the world to opt for alternative medications. And the rise in demand of massage therapy, especially in North America, has given a way to new people to opt for this profession.
As a massage therapist, you will have a lucrative opportunity to specialize in excess of 80 different kinds of techniques. Still, you should know about the common techniques registered massage therapy clinics offer to patients.
For example, following popular massage techniques are offered by Family Wellness Clinic Whitby, apart from other alternative medications including acupuncture and chiropractic care.
Swedish massage: As name suggest, this technique was devised in Sweden and has been regarded as the best general-purpose massage. It uses 5 basic strokes which includes effleurage (sliding / gliding), petrissage (kneading), friction (cross fiber), tapotement (rhythmic taping) and vibration.
Reflexology: Reflexology is another form of massage that can heal your body organs. The method has a unique theory, but it has proven effects as well. It works on a principle that our hands and feet have reflexes that link different organs and systems with different parts of the hand.
Deep tissue massage: Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles. It is a combination of barefoot shiatsu and manual medicine which is done without any oil on clothed client. It is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Acupressure: Acupressure is a blend of “acupuncture” and “pressure”. It is an alternative medicine technique derived from acupuncture. In acupressure physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points by the hand, elbow, or with various devices
Sports massage: It is a manipulative therapy to treat pain and disability. It consists of joint manipulation and mobilization, kneading and manipulation of muscles. It is ideal to treat injuries as well as a preventative treatment dealing with the health of muscle and connective tissue, range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of muscle and quality of posture.
As mentioned before, there are more than 80 methods used by masseurs around the world. However, these techniques are more common, and have been practices by general-purpose masseurs. They can give you a great start, and then you can learn some more with the help of online massage classes.