What Is Massage Therapy?

Treatment room. Sunnyside Wellness, Surrey, BC.

Massage Therapy is defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structures and soft tissues of the human body. The primary goal of which is to restore health and optimal range of motion to the targeted tissues. These soft tissues include: muscles, fascia, ligaments, tendons, skin, organs, nerves and lymphatic vessels. Massage therapy also works to constrict and dilate arteries and veins thereby positively affecting the circulatory system. By affecting the nervous and endocrine (hormonal) systems of the body massage also contributes to the patient’s sense of overall well-being and serenity post treatment.

Massage Therapy may involve a variety of techniques depending on the experience of the therapist and the needs of the client. Common basic techniques may include, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction and point pressure. The use of oils and lotions is often included to reduce friction on the skin. Patients are usually unclothed and covered with sheets and towels. Only the parts of the body being massaged are undraped at any time.

What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?

Some of the benefits of massage may include:

  • Improve Posture
  • Improve Circulation
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Helps Manage Pain
  • Relax Muscles
  • Relieve Stress
  • Improve Flexibility and Range of Motion
  • Relieve Tension-Related Headaches
  • Relieve Migraine Headaches
  • Strengthen the Immune System
  • Reduce Post Surgery Adhesions and Swelling
  • Rehabilitation After Injury
  • Manage Fibromyalgia Pain
  • Encourage Relaxation
  • Lessen Depression and Anxiety
  • Help Athletes of any Level Prepare for, and Recover From, Strenuous Workouts.
  • Release Endorphins—Amino Acids that Work as the Body’s Natural Painkiller.