The art of rubbing people the right way
Throughout human history, massage has been used to heal the human body and it is an excellent form of preventative medicine.
Over the past 30 years therapeutic massage has grown from a fringe recreational activity and medical/ physiotherapy to an accepted recreation and healing discipline. Already many medical clinics, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and others have remedial massage therapists as a part of a multidisciplinary team.
Anyone who has received any massage sincerely performed, receives the benefits of relaxation and a sense of greater well being.
Massage is the refinement of our basic human instinct that,
if it hurts, we rub it better.
There are many recognised massage systems. As a definition, "massage" is any method of rubbing, stroking or therapeutic touch applied to the body. Massage is the refinement of our basic human instinct that, if it hurts, we rub it better. Massage systems range from the subtle etheric treatments as found in Reiki and Energy Healing, to sports massage, remedial and deep tissue treatments to affect physical conditions.
Who Can Massage?
Anyone can. it's instinctive. But many countries and states require that practitioners are trained with a qualification and have 500 plus hours of training. Yet in countries like New Zealand, anyone can setup a massage practice and there is no legal requirements other than a practitioner abiding by local consumer laws. However if you are going to massage, some formal training is advised.
Effects of Massage
The benefits are many and depend on the elements of the giver, receiver and the style of massage. In general terms, the benefits include:
- Alleviate low-back pain
- Assist relaxation
- Assist the release of toxins from the body tissues
- Assist with shorter, easier labour for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Assist weight loss
- Ease medication dependence.
- Provide an increased sense of well being
- Improved muscle tone
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Improve balance and coordination
- Enhance immunity
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
- Decrease depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Improve circulation.
- Assist cellulite reduction
- Faster recovery from illness and injury
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Relieve migraines.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.