Massage is a general term for Myofascial release in applying pressure and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage.
How it helps?
Benefits include improved circulation, flushing of lactic acids, improved mobility, stress relief and pain alleviation.
During massage, the stress hormone cortisol is reduced, and four “feel good” chemicals are released (endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin). In addition to the chemistry, we naturally respond with a calming experience when our bodies and minds receive the human touch of massage.
Swedish Massage. A gentle form of massage that utilizes long strokes; kneading; deep, circular movements; vibration; and tapping to help relax and energize you.
Deep Tissue Massage. Utilizes more forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. This type of massage is commonly used on patients with muscle damage from injuries.
Sports Massage. Energetic massage to warm up tissues pre or post performance, allowing circulation and increased range of motion to help prevent or treat injuries.
Trigger Point Massage or (acupressure). Focused pressure points in specific areas of the body used to release deeper tension in the muscle fibers that can form after injury or overuse.
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s been increasingly offered along with standard treatments, for a wide range of medical conditions and health issues.
Who it helps?
Physical laborers, drivers, desk workers, women during pregnancy, older adults and active rehabilitation seekers.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain