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Therapeutic Massage goes Mainstream
By Angie Kocsi
Have you ever bumped your knee or elbow? What was your response? Well, of course, you rub them in order to ease the pain and make them feel better. As the ancient art of therapeutic massage is enjoying a modern-day revival it is interesting to note that as far back as the fifthth century BC, Hippocrates, wrote: “The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing…for rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and loosen a joint that is too rigid”
Therapeutic massage is becoming increasingly popular among people of all ages. This growth can be attributed partly to the growing population of baby-boomers and partly to the increased awareness of the harmful effects of stress on the body and the physiological benefits of therapeutic touch.
Massage therapists that once served only elite professionals and athletes now serve a much wider range of clientele. Using tried and true massage techniques, the skilful, well-trained massage therapist, relieves the tension in the muscles of the body and positively affects the health and well being of the client. Many spas now offer a variety of massage treatments both at the spa and also as a mobile service where the spa therapist comes to you.
Today massage therapy is well accepted as a method of reducing stress, pain and promoting relaxation. A large number of corporations, small businesses and municipalities have found the on-site massage service to be a low cost benefit with a high pay off. Studies have found that making massage available to employees reduces the incidents of headaches, back stain and fatigue. Productivity increased and sick leave decreased when employees received regular massage treatments.
To experience the benefits, relax and enjoy these calming therapies – chose the one that best suits you particular needs.
1. Swedish massage – A massage treatment using stroking, kneading or tapping to relax muscles gently.
2. Thai – A combination of deep tissue massage and passive stretching that can help to ease stiff, tense or short muscles
3. Sport Massage – a deep tissue massage to relieve muscle tension, stress and residual pain from workouts etc.
4. Couples Massage – A massage treatment for couples side by side in a calm and often romantic, candle-lit setting.
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