Massage therapists use long, smooth strokes, kneading and other movements focused on shallow layers of muscle utilizing massage oil or cream.
Massage therapy enhances circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body cells.
It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases versatility and movement, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which lowers pain and tightness in muscles and joints.
Why Do People Get Massage Therapy?
People get massage treatment for relaxation or for a variety of health conditions:
- Pain in the back
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
- Stress relief and stress-related conditions
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle and relevant conditions such as convulsions, stress and strains
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Circulatory and respiratory problems
- Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
Massage therapy alleviates anxiety. It is thought to assist the body’s tension response by reducing levels of bodily hormones such as cortisol.
Massage therapy also appears to improve immune function.