Massage has been used as a form of therapy to heal and relieve pain for thousands of years. The earliest records for the use of massage as a therapy come from China over 5,000 years ago.
Since Per Henrik Ling popularised massage in the early 19th Century after developing a system of massage and gymnastics which became known as Swedish massage, many different types of massage have been developed.
Massage can promote relaxation and treat numerous problems, including muscular pain, injuries, tension and stiffness. Depending on the length and focus of the treatment, a therapeutic massage may be a full body massage. However, each session is tailored to the areas most in need of work, e.g. your shoulders, back and legs.
Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissues: your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments – using a range of techniques to assist relaxation.
Many of today’s health problems can benefit from therapeutic massage.
The benefits of touch
The benefit of touch is well documented. Research has shown that babies who have received massage from their mothers have increased weight gain, nerve and brain cell development, better hormonal functioning and cell activity.
The exterior and the interior of the body are interlinked by the nervous system. It has been found that stimulating specific areas on the surface of the body can have a corresponding effect on the internal organs and systems of the body.
The dermis layer of the skin contains nerve endings which respond to touch. When stimulated, they will relay impulses from the receptor nerves via the spinal cord back to the brain. The brain then relays messages back to the area involved. Results may include the relaxation of voluntary muscles, the sedation of nerve sensors and improved circulation.
The receptor nerve endings affected by touch travel more quickly than those involved in chronic pain. They can reduce the brain’s perception of the amount of pain from the affected area, with endorphins being released which act as the body’s natural painkillers.
The benefits of massage therapy
- Relieve or prevent physical dysfunction and pain
- Improve physical function
- Relax tight and tense muscles
- Improve circulation, recovery time and immune system function
- Reduce overall stress
Therapeutic Massage treats a wide range of symptoms and conditions and the origins of any imbalance. It is also a relaxing, stress relieving treatment and is suitable for people without specific problems.