What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy is recognized as one of the oldest healing methods in the world.
Massage Therapy is not just about “rubbing” a specific part of the body, it is often referred to as bodywork or somatic therapy which means the application of techniques to the to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body. These techniques include the applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using bare hands, however massage therapists commonly use other parts of the body, such as forearms, elbows and feet. All of the techniques used are for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body.
The benefits of Massage Therapy often include:
- Physical and mental benefits
- Relaxation of the body
- Loosening tight muscles
- Relief of tired and aching muscles
- Increased flexibility and range of motion
- Diminished chronic pain
- Calming of the nervous system
- Lowering of blood pressure
- Lowering of heart rate
- Enhanced skin tone
- Assisting in recovery from injury/illness
- Strengthening of the immune system
- Reduced tension headaches
- Reduced mental stress
- Improved concentration
- Restful sleep and mental relaxation
Most Popular Types Of Massage Therapy
There are over 100 varieties of massages which are practiced however the most popular forms of massage therapy include:
- Swedish Massage Therapy
- Aromatherapy Massage
- Hot Stone Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Thai Massage
- Pregnancy Massage
- Sports Massage
- Back Massage
Will My Insurance Cover my Massage?
Professional Massage Therapy Services are often covered by health insurance when prescribed by a Registered Massage Therapist. Therapies provided as part of a prescribed treatment by a physician or Registered Physical Therapist may also be covered.