What is a Massage?
A massage is the treatment of superficial parts of the body by rubbing,
stroking, kneading, or slapping. Massages are usually performed to relieve
muscle stiffness, spasms, or cramps and to relieve anxiety, stress,
Massage may also help improve or protect your memory.
There are many different types of massages. The types of massages are
generalized to their origin (eastern and western).
Some of the most common Eastern types of massage are: Shiatsu, Acupressure,
and Polarity. Eastern types of massages involve an understanding of
the body's energy.
Some of the common Western types of massage are: Swedish, Escalen,
Neuromuscular Therapy, Trager, Myofascial Release, and Connective Tissue
Therapy. Western types are based in an anatomical understanding of our
Each person responds differently to massage and there isn't just one
style which is best for all.
How Does Massage Work?
Basic Massage techniques such as stroking, kneading, and rubbing stimulate
physical and emotional healing. They stimulate physical and emotional
1. Physical therapy on the part of the body that is being massaged.
2. Stimulation of the lymphatic system. (The lymphatic system carries waste
products out of your body and defends your body against infection).