Massage Therapy Chapter 22
“Oh, that the water softens the rocks with time, may thy hands craft my body soft like the weathered rocks” -Anonymous
An Historical Perspective ofMassage Therapy Muscle massage is one of the oldest known techniques to relieve stress and muscle tension dating back to Ancient Greece, perhaps further.
The Need for Human Touch • Health experts predict that as advances in technology increase (less human contact), so will the need for human touch. • People tend to get more anxious without human touch. • Increased computer use promotes neck, shoulder and lower back soreness.
Massage Therapy • Muscle massage is the manipulation of skin, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue for the purpose of decreasing muscle tension and increasing physical comfort of musculature and its surrounding joints, thereby promoting a deep sense of relaxation.
Massage Therapy • Muscle tension is the number one symptom of stress. • Muscle massage is one of the oldest known techniques to relieve stress. • Some researchers believe that our high-tech society increases the need for human touch. Do you?
Massage Therapy • Massage therapy aids in the reduction of muscle tension and provides an essential human need, touch. • Research shows that massage therapy is as effective in promoting the relaxation response as are other forms of relaxation.
Types of Muscle Massage (Body Work) • Shiatsu (acupressure) • Swedish Massage (manipulation, stroking) • Rolfing (structural integration) • Myofascial Release (fascial manipulation) • Sports Massage (deep tissue with Swedish) • Thai Massage (pulling, lifting limbs & deep tissue)
Other Touch Therapies • Hydrotherapy (water therapy, hot tubs, etc.) • Pet Therapy • Aromatherapy • Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch (Energy Healing)
Aromatherapy Pet Therapy Related Touch Therapies Hydrotherapy Therapeutic Touch
Massage Therapy and Chronic Pain • Perhaps more than any other relaxation technique, massage is the preeminent technique to reduce/eliminate muscle/joint pain.
Physiological & Psychological Benefits • Physical relaxation and decreased muscle tension • Increased blood supply • Increased flexibility • Increased sense of tranquility • Increased emotional relaxation
Best Application of Massage Therapy • After prolonged computer office work • After prolonged physical labor • After aerobic/anaerobic workouts • After childbirth for new mothers • Best technique to reduce muscle tension of any kind