What is massage therapy and why should i receive a massage? Massage therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts nearly 4,000 years old. In fact, Hippocrates, known as the “father of medicine,” referenced massage when he wrote, in the 4th century B.C.: “The physician must be acquainted with many things, and assuredly with rubbing.”
Now days, in addition to “rubbing,” massage therapy, often referred to as bodywork or somatic therapy, refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using primarily the hands, although massage therapists do use other areas of the body, such as the forearms, elbows or feet. All of the techniques are used for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. In fact, massage therapy positively influences the overall health and well-being of the client.
So why should you receive a massage, the answer depends on the symptoms you are looking to get rid of. One of the more common reasons to get a massage is stress relief, stress is a prevalent component in today’s fast-paced world which can negatively impact on an individual’s health and well-being. Massage therapy has been shown to be a means by which stress can be reduced significantly on physical and psychological levels. While massage therapists know from experience that massage reduces stress, there is considerable research that validates our experience.
Massage therapy also has many other health benefits, both physical and emotional. Massage therapy is an all natural way to help reduce muscle tension, improve range of motion and improve your sleep. While I am not recommending it as a cure all or to not seek a doctor, sometimes it is a simple soft tissue disorder causing pain in the body and it is a lot cheaper and safer to receive a massage than surgery. Massage therapy is similar to exercising in the fact that it is not a one time deal, you may have to schedule a few sessions before you start to enjoy all the great benefits, however your first session should improve your condition significantly than not seeking help. Regularly receiving massage has been shown to promote relaxation and stability while helping temper the effects of dementia, high-blood pressure and osteoarthritis. By incorporating massage into a regular healthcare regimen, many older adults find a better quality of life and additional relief from a multitude of health issues.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States.” Those are just a few reasons to get a massage and here at Massage Warrior, Jacob focuses on decreasing pain and improving function to the body by relieving muscle tension, improving balance to the body so there is less stress pulling tissues out of place and releasing trigger points affecting muscular performance.