MASSAGE
THERAPY




MASSAGE

WHAT IS MASSAGE?

PHYSICAL MASSAGE BENEFITS

10 MOST POPULAR TYPES OF MASSAGE

TAPOTEMENT

MASSAGE RELATED TOPICS

MASSAGE LINKS



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MASSAGE




Massage is the practice of applying structured or unstructured
pressure, tension, motion, or vibration — manually or with
mechanical aids — to the soft tissues of the body, including
muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints,
lymphatic vessels, organs of the gastrointestinal system to
achieve a beneficial response. Massage Therapy is performed
primarily by a professional Massage Therapist but is often used
as a form of therapy by other Healthcare practitioners such as
Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Physical Therapists.

Massage can be applied to parts of the body or successively to
the whole body, to aid the process of injury healing, relieve
psychological stress, manage pain, and improve circulation.
Where massage is used for its physiological, mental, and
mechanical benefits, it may be termed "therapeutic massage"
or manipulative therapy.



Massage
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massage



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WHAT
IS
MASSAGE?




Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating
your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from
light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types
of massage, including these common types:



Swedish massage

This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading,
deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and
energize you.



Deep massage

This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target
the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help
with muscle damage from injuries.


Sports massage

This is similar to Swedish massage, but it's geared toward people
involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.


Trigger point massage

This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form
in your muscles after injuries or overuse.



Benefits of massage

Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative
medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment
for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective
treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.


While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some
studies have found massage may also be helpful for:



Anxiety

Digestive disorders

Fibromyalgia

Headaches

Insomnia related to stress

Myofascial pain syndrome

Soft tissue strains or injuries

Sports injuries

Temporomandibular joint pain



Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people
enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort
and connection.

Despite its benefits, massage isn't meant as a replacement for regular
medical care. Let your doctor know you're trying massage and be sure
to follow any standard treatment plans you have.



Risks of massage


Most people can benefit from massage. However, massage may not be
appropriate if you have:

Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication

Burns or healing wounds

Deep vein thrombosis

Fractures

Severe osteoporosis

Severe thrombocytopenia


Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially
if you are pregnant or you have cancer or unexplained pain.

Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day.
But massage shouldn't ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any
part of your massage doesn't feel right or is painful, speak up right
away. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during massage.



What is massage?
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743



FULL
BODY
MASSAGE TECHNIQUES

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIdXpPaJOjg




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PHYSICAL
MASSAGE
BENEFITS




Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation

Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness

Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy

Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and
sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling;
reduces formation of excessive scar tissue

Reduces muscle spasms

Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion


Enhances athletic performance

Treats injuries caused during sports or work

Promotes deeper and easier breathing

Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids

Reduces blood pressure

Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain

Enhances the health and nourishment of skin

Improves posture

Strengthens the immune system

Treats musculoskeletal problems

Post operative rehabilitation

Rehabilitation after injury



Physical Massage Benefits
http://www.massageadvantage.com/massage-physical-benefits.html



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10 MOST POPULAR
TYPES OF MASSAGE




Here is a quick guide to some of the
most popular types of massage therapy.



1) Swedish Massage Therapy

This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States.
It is also known as Swedish massage or simply massage therapy.

Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular
movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or
oil.

Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing.



2) Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with adding one or more scented
plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs.

The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing,
stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential
oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender.

Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions
or conditions with an emotional component. Learn more about aromatherapy
massage.



3) Hot Stone Massage

Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and
loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body.

The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with
them. The warmth is comforting. Hot stone massage is good for people who
have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage.



4) Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue.
The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the
grain of the muscle.

Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive
strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury.

People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage. Learn more
about this style of massage: Deep Tissue Massage.



5) Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized finger pressure in a
rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians.

Each point is held for two to eight seconds to improve the flow of energy and
help the body regain balance.

People are normally pleasantly surprised when they try shiatsu for the first time.
It is relaxing yet the pressure is firm, and there is usually no soreness afterward.
Find out more about shiatsu.



6) Thai Massage

Like shiatsu, Thai massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on
specific points. Thai massage also includes compressions and stretches.

You don't just lie there--the therapist moves and stretches you into a sequence of
postures. It's like yoga without doing any work. Thai massage is more energizing
than other forms of massage. It also reduces stress and improves flexibility and
range of motion. Find out more about thai massage.



7) Pregnancy Massage

Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular
with expectant mothers. Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage
know the proper way to position and support the woman's body during the massage,
and how to modify techniques.

Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and
pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage is customized to a woman's
individual needs. Learn more about pregnancy massage.



8) Reflexology

Although reflexology is sometimes called foot massage, it is more than simple foot
massage. Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that
correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing,
especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet.
Learn more about reflexology.



9) Sports Massage

Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity.
But you don't have to be a professional athlete to have one-it's also used by people who
are active and work out often. The focus isn't on relaxation but on preventing and
treating injury and enhancing athletic performance.

A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage.
Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase
flexibility.



10) Back Massage

Some massage clinics and spas offer 30-minute back massages. If a back massage is not
expressly advertised, you can also book a 30- or 40-minute massage and ask that the
massage therapist to focus on your back.



10 Most Popular Types of Massage
https://www.verywell.com/most-popular-types-of-massage-89741



How to
Massage Yourself

http://www.wikihow.com/Massage-Yourself




How to
Give a Massage

http://www.soc.ucsb.edu/sexinfo/article/how-give-massage




How to Give a
Sensual Massage

http://www.soc.ucsb.edu/sexinfo/article/how-give-sensual-massage




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How to Give
a Romantic Massage

http://www.wikihow.com/Give-a-Romantic-Massage




Massage
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/1911_Encyclop%C3%A6dia_Britannica/Massage




Massage Therapy
Styles and
Health Benefits

https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/massage-therapy-styles-and-health-benefits#1




What's the Difference
Between All These
Types of Massages?

https://lifehacker.com/whats-the-difference-between-all-these-types-of-massag-1522088430




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TAPOTEMENT




The word, tapotement is derived from the old French term tapir,
meaning “light blow.”

This massage technique involves a series of brisk percussions, in
rapid, alternating, and rhythmic fasion. This is done by chopping
the area with the sides of the hands or hitting the area being
treated with cupped, fisted hands, palm, or fingers.



There are six types of tapotements:


Hacking/quacking:

performed using the ulnar side (little finger side)
of the hand in alternating blows with the wrists
kept loose



Beating:

performed with the ulnar side of the hand and loose fists


Cupping:

performed with the palmar side of the hand in concave position


Slapping:

performed with the palmar side of the with usually more finger
surface than palm



Tapping:

performed using the fingertips


Pincement:

performed using the fingertips


Any heavy tapotement massage technique is not performed over any
bony prominence, the kidneys, abdomen or any fragile tissue.



Tapotement
http://www.massageprocedures.com/techniques-procedures/swedish-massage/tapotement/



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MASSAGE
RELARED
TOPICS




What Is the Most Unusual Massage Technique?
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Is It Normal to Cry During Massage?
http://www.wisegeekhealth.com/is-it-normal-to-cry-during-massage.htm

What is a Sensual Massage?
https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-sensual-massage.htm



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MASSAGE
LINKS




5 Massage Therapies That Improve Circulation
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/spa-health/5-massage-therapies-that-improve-circulation.htm

Top 9 Most Popular Types of Massage
https://www.verywellhealth.com/most-popular-types-of-massage-89741

American Massage Therapy Association
http://www.massagetherapy.org/

American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia
http://www.aobta.org/

Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals ABMP
http://www.abmp.com

The Benefits of Scalp Massage for Hair Loss
http://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/blog/2015/02/01/benefits-scalp-massage-hair-loss

Body Massage Video - Buttocks Massage
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/447849/body_massage_video_buttocks_massage_2/

BODY SENSE MAGAZINE.COM
http://www.bodysensemagazine.com

Chinese Massage Therapy
http://www.shen-nong.com/eng/

Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
http://www.fsmtb.org/



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Holistic Junction
http://www.holisticjunction.com/

HOLISTIC ONLINE
http://www.holisticonline.com/

How to Deep Tissue Massage the Back of Legs
https://www.howcast.com/videos/506727-how-to-massage-the-back-of-legs-deep-massage

How to Give a Great Massage
http://beauty.about.com/od/organic-skincare/a/How-To-Give-A-Great-Massage.htm

How to Give Your Guy a Tantric Massage
http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/advice/g2143/how-to-give-a-tantric-massage/

How to give your partner a great massage
http://www.sheknows.com/love-and-sex/articles/809041/how-to-give-your-partner-a-great-massage

Massage to Aid Circulation
http://www.alive.com/health/massage-to-aid-circulation/

Massage
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/massage/SA00082

MASSAGE AND BODYWORK.COM
http://www.massageandbodywork.com

Massage Den
http://www.massageden.com/

Massage Health Therapy
http://www.massagehealththerapy.com

Massage Register
http://www.massageregister.com/



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Massage Therapy
https://www.verywellhealth.com/massage-therapy-4013892

Massage Therapy
http://www.massagetherapy.com/

Massage therapy 101
http://www.massagetherapy101.com/

Massage Therapy Foundation
http://www.massagetherapyfoundation.org/

Massage Therapy Training Institute
http://www.mtti.net/

Massage Today
http://www.massagetoday.com/

Massage tools
http://www.massagetools.org/

Massage Types
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/massage/a/massage_types.htm

Natural Healers
http://www.naturalhealers.com/

Nationwide Massage
http://www.nationwidemassage.com/

The National Massage Therapy Institute
http://www.studymassage.com/



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Pregnancy Massage
https://www.babble.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-massage-couples-guide/

Tantra Awakenings
http://www.tantraawakenings.org/index.html

Top 10 Massage Techniques
https://www.care2.com/greenliving/top-ten-massage-techniques.html

Top 15 Massage Types For Releasing Stress
https://reliawire.com/15-massage-types-rejuvenating-mind-and-body/

Types of Massage
http://www.massageenvy.com/types-of-massage.aspx

Types of Massage
https://www.amtamassage.org/findamassage/massage_type.html

Types of Massage Techniques
https://www.livepurehealth.net/types-of-massage-techniques/

Understanding Different Types of Massage
https://dreamclinic.com/massage-therapy/understanding-different-types-of-massage

What are the Common Massage Therapy Techniques?
https://physioworks.com.au/FAQRetrieve.aspx?ID=40342

What's the Difference Between All These Types of Massages?
http://lifehacker.com/whats-the-difference-between-all-these-types-of-massag-1522088430

What Are the Different Types of Massages?
https://www.healthline.com/health/types-of-massage

What Are the Different Types & Uses of Massage Techniques
https://www.appointmentplus.com/blog/different-types-of-massage-techniques/

What Are the Manipulations for a Facial Massage?
https://oureverydaylife.com/106801-manipulations-facial-massage.html

Yogic Massage Techniques
http://www.yogawiz.com/massage-therapy/yoga-massage.html



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Human Body
http://amazingfacts4u.com/category/human-body/




Amazing Facts 4 U
http://amazingfacts4u.com/




Hesperian Health Guides
http://hesperian.org/




New Health Advisor
http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/




World Life Expectancy
http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/




Medicine Net
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/hp.asp




Medtube
https://medtube.net/




Medical Scientific animations
http://medical-animation-studio.com/MedicalAnimation.html




U.S. National Library of Medicine
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/




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