Massage is an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs and has proven beneficial to many chronic conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, and bursitis. Massage helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living.
Massage provides relief to people from all walks of life - the weekend or competitive athlete, the home gardener, the overstressed executive struggling to keep pace in today's economy. Secretaries, laborers, waitresses - anyone can feel a need for massage at some point in time. The older population, as well, will benefit from massage, as it can enhance flexibility and circulation.
There are more than 150 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapy techniques. Many practitioners utilize multiple techniques. Here are brief descriptions of just a few:
The services of a bodywork professional may be covered by health insurance when prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopath. Therapies provided as part of a prescribed treatment by a physician or registered physical therapist are often covered.|
Swedish Massage is the most common form of massage, and mainly relaxes the muscles, easing aches and pains.
Sports Massage consists of specific components designed to reduce injuries, alleviate inflammation, provide warm-up, etc. for amateur and professional athletes before, during, after, and within their training regimens.
Shiatsu is a Japanese accupressure massage that restores energy to the body.
Trager utilizes rhythmic rocking movements to relax the body and mind.
Hellerwork is a combination of movement re-education and muscle and connective tissue therapy.
Polarity therapy balances the
energetic systems of the body.
Reflexology is manipulation of the feet, hands, and/or ears to stimulate corresponding areas in the body, promoting healing.