Massage Therapy and its Benefits

Massage is a general term for manipulating and rubbing the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body. It can range from quite light strokes to very deep pressure massage and nowadays there are several different types of massage to choose from. Some of the types of massages include Aromatherapy Massage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Massage, Thai Massage amongst others.

Aromatherapy Massage is a massage therapy using essential oils in a carrier oil or lotion. The oils have an effect on the body physiologically and psychologically or emotionally.

Swedish Massage uses gentle, long strokes, kneading and deep circular movements to help relax the muscles and energise the body.

Deep Tissue Massage uses slow, deep strokes which target deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, helping ease muscle damage and strain.

Sports Massage is a therapy geared specifically to treat sports injuries of muscle and connective tissue. It focusses on improving range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of muscle and quality of posture.

Trigger Point Massage uses therapeutic massage techniques to locate and alleviate pain caused by trigger points in the body. Trigger points are small, localised muscle cramps or knots in the muscle tissue, usually caused by muscle fatigue, trauma to the affected area and irritation caused by repetitive motions in our daily lives.

Thai Massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles and assisted yoga postures.

Continued research into the benefits of massage therapy shows the enormous benefits from these treatments. So many health conditions respond positively to massage therapy, including chronic diseases, neurological disorders and physical injuries. Many hospitals are starting to incorporate on-site massage practitioners to treat post-surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.
Getting frequent massages is not only wonderfully pampering, but it can be a huge investment in your health. It helps alleviate stress and anxiety, improves circulation and lymphatic drainage, eases muscle tension and aches, reduces body fatigue and enhances the quality of sleep. Massage may also improve joint mobility, ease fibromyalgia, reduce headaches and help with chronic pain and chronic fatigue syndrome.

One of the most beneficial investments in your health will be to find a good massage therapist near you and set up regular appointments. You will soon start enjoying the benefits!

For those of you fortunate enough to be living in the Upper Highway Area, KZN, you have a wonderful massage therapist on your doorstep. Contact Linda Liebenberg on 082 454 3181.