Therapeutic Massage: A Healing Touch for Body and Spirit
Got stressed after an all-day work? Do you feel like you are carrying the burdens of the world on your shoulders? If so, then why don’t you consider a relaxing and enjoyable touching experience in the hands of professional massage therapists? A therapeutic massage after all is widely practiced and is highly available these days.
But what is a therapeutic massage?
A therapeutic massage is in the first place a healing technique of stroking or kneading the soft bodily tissues. It mainly involves a combination of gentleness and strength as far as touch is concerned, and this is what basically offers a massage experience that is unparalleled in alleviating pain and stiffness.
There are a number of benefits that a therapeutic massage can offer. Generally speaking, the practice provides relief to all kinds of people, from all walks of life. But the question is, a therapeutic massage provides relief for what? Well, I have grouped the therapeutic massage benefits into two: treating the body and healing the spirit.
Massage for the Body
A therapeutic massage treats the body in many ways. On the most basic, the technique addresses a variety of health conditions; perhaps the most prevalent of all is the stress-related tension. I have based this idea actually on the experts’ findings that the stress-related tension accounts for 80% to 90% of the disease.
Another notable idea about the benefits of therapeutic massage is that it works on eliminating the cancer-related fatigue, including sleep disorders, low back pain, diabetes, injury on the spinal cord, immunity suppression, autism, high blood pressure, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, postoperative surgery, as well as age-related disorders, to mention but a few.
Here is a short list of the other physiological effects of therapeutic massage:
* Softens and relaxes the injured and overused muscles.
* Increases circulation, thus allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
* Reduces cramping and spasm
* Increases flexibility of the joints
* Stimulates the lymph system against toxic invaders
* Releases endorphins, which is the natural painkiller of the body
* Improves range of motion
* Decreases discomforts for patients with low back pain
* Provides relief for migraines
Although that said, it is important to note though that there are certain conditions where a therapeutic massage is not recommended. Examples of these conditions are:
* Some skin conditions
* Certain forms of cancer
* Infectious diseases
* Some cardiac problems
So before you opt for a therapeutic massage, it’s best to talk to your practitioner first regarding your specific health conditions. Try to determine first if therapeutic massage is really best for you or not.
Massage for the Spirit
Therapeutic massage is also deemed beneficial for the spirit. Numerous researches and findings can support this claim. Perhaps one of those is the reports revealing that a number of adults who have undergone therapeutic massage have cathartic experiences on the massage table. From this reaction, many experts have concluded that the gentle and strong touch of the therapist poses a great effect to the emotions of the person being touched. The massage may remind him or her that he or she is not alone in this fast-paced world.
Now, to know further the physical and emotional benefits of a therapeutic massage, there is one particular move that you can do – start considering a good massage in the loving hands of a trained professional massage therapist.