What is Massage Therapy?
The Massage Therapy Act (Ontario 1991) defines the practice of massage therapy as the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.
A Registered Massage Therapist focuses on the normalization of soft tissues affected by stress, injury or illness through the use of manual therapeutic massage techniques. This helps to improve circulation, enhance muscular relaxation, relieve pain, reduce stress, enhance immune function and promote health and well-being. Massage therapy effectively increases blood flow to injured tissues which aids in healing. Improved blood flow can help relax muscles, decrease spasms, reduce trigger points and remove scar tissue and adhesions caused by injuries or an underlying medical condition.
An increasing number of research studies demonstrate that massage therapy reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymphatic flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion and increases endorphins and enkephalins, which are the body's natural painkillers. Although therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive muscles and partially compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity resulting from illness or injury. It can also hasten and lead to a more complete recovery from exercise induced muscle injury.
Massage therapy is effective in treatments for a wide range of conditions, including stress, anxiety, and depression, headaches, insomnia, chronic and acute myofascial, muscular or joint pain, muscle tension and spasm, strain, sprain, tendinitis, arthritis, sciatica, whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction.
Relaxes body tensions using gentle long smooth strokes, sircular movements and a number of muscle kneading techniques on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. It improves circulation, reduces tension and stress, relieves sore muscles and just feels good.
Aromatherapy massage uses a variety of plant oil in order to target specific needs. The various oils are used for different purposes such as: relaxation, stress-reduction, balancing, etc. The most popular one tends to be lavender and is used for relaxation.
Sports massage is mainly targeted for people who engage in physical activity. You don't have to be a professional athlete for this massage. The main focus of this treatment is on preventing and treating injury and optimizing athletic performance.
Deep Tissue Massage
Focuses on connective tissues and works deep into the muscle to break down the adhesions that block circulation, cause pain, and inflammation. It helps to release chronic muscle tension.
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