WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY?
Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by:
- Reducing or eliminating pain
- Improving joint mobility
- Improving circulation
- Improving lymphatic drainage
- Reducing muscular tension
Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs can work with a wide variety of patients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.
Massage Therapists today use their knowledge of physiology and anatomy to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with other therapies to treat their clients. There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer reviewed journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions.
The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:
- Anxiety and depression Asthma and Emphysema
- Back, leg, and neck pain Cancer symptoms
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain) Chronic Fatigue syndrome
- Dislocations Fibromyalgia
- Fractures and edema Gastrointestinal disorders
- Headaches Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
- Insomnia Kyphosis and Scoliosis
- Multiple sclerosis Parkinson’s disease
- Muscle tension and spasm Palliative care
- Post-surgical rehabilitation Pregnancy and labour support
- Sports injuries Strains and sprains
- Stress and stress related conditions Stroke
- Tendinitis Whiplash
Massage Therapy can also be used as part of a preventative care program. This includes sports training, injury prevention, ongoing stress management, and more! Together, you and your therapist will develop a treatment plan based on your needs. The treatment plan can be changed at any time and you have no obligation to undergo any part of treatment. Your treatment begins after you've given your informed consent.
*Copied from The registered massage therapists association of Ontario.
WHAT IS THAI MASSAGE?
Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions. The recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the giver and receiver, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked.
The recipient wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. In Thailand, a dozen or so subjects may be receiving massage simultaneously in one large room. The true ancient style of the massage requires that the massage be performed solo with just the giver and receiver. The receiver will be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, that is also combined with deep static and rhythmic pressures.
WHAT IS SHIATSU MASSAGE?
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork based on ideas in traditional Chinese medicine. In the Japanese language, shiatsu means "finger pressure". Shiatsu techniques include massages with fingers, thumbs, feet and palms; assisted stretching; and joint manipulation and mobilization
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