Who can benefit from massage therapy?
Massage therapy is for everyone! Whether you’re just looking to relax or something more therapeutic, massage therapy can be the path to increased wellness and relief. During your first visit, the massage therapist will use a questionnaire to assess your general health. This will help them to get to know you better and determine how they can best help you. They will also ensure you have no contraindications for receiving a massage.
Does the following sound familiar?
- Day-to-day stress;
- Lack of sleep, anxiety, fatigue;
- Muscle stiffness;
- Recent or chronic pain, etc.
You may feel stiff at times or experience pain or discomfort for one or more reasons. A massage can be administered alone or in conjunction with other professional services. Massages are not only recommended for athletes or people with minor injuries, they can also be used as a preventative measure or simply to satisfy your need for relaxation.
Massage therapy uses a wide variety of techniques, like deep-tissue and Swedish massage. These dynamic approaches are appealing in sensation and foster a “dialogue” between the tissues and the therapist. The massage therapist constantly adapts to the client’s needs in order to provide great experience and promote relaxation, the release of tension, and sometimes even improve awareness. A deep-tissue massage always respects the client’s tolerance for tension. Pressure should be applied layer by layer to relax the tissues and release deep tension. Swedish massage involves various techniques like effleurage (strokes), petrissage (kneading), friction, percussion, and vibration. Deep-tissue and Swedish massage techniques promote balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. For example, they can help relieve chronic tension and create a profound sense of relaxation.