Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What Is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a relaxing treatment that has been around for thousands of years. In fact, the word “massage” comes from the Greek root “masso," which means "to touch". Massage therapists use a variety of gliding, kneading and cross-fiber friction strokes to work the muscle tissue, releasing tension and improving circulation.

You are usually nude during a massage,but covered by sheets. Only the part being worked on is exposed and modesty is always protected Massage oil is used to lubricate the skin.

Many people consider massage therapy to be just about pampering, but it has important health benefits. In fact, you get the greatest benefit when massage therapy is part of your regular wellness routine.

What Are The Different Types of Massage Therapy?

Swedish massage is the most common type of massage therapy and a good choice for first-time spagoers.. Other types include deep tissue massage, sports massage, hot stone massage , aromatherapy , lymphatic drainage, trigger point therapy ,craniosacral therapy, neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release, watsu Rolfing, reflexology , Shiatsu, Thai Massage and Ayurvedic massage like abhyanga.